I have read The Dongguk Post many times. Its topics are really helpful to get in touch with recent issues and news. They include things that we can or cannot get from newspapers like Chosun Ilbo, Joongang Ilbo and so on. I was really impressed by the format of the magazine. It’s very neat and simple.
However, it’s too simple. The content page does not provide much information about the articles. Also, style and size of the letters doesn't encourage me to have a look at the articles. I read this magazine just from the first to the last page because of the content page. The Hongik Tidings, which is the campus English magazine of my school, also has a neat and tidy format, but somehow it isn't that old fashioned. A simple format can bring both good and bad affects. The fonts of the articles were in the style when we write on a Windows Notepad. Printing the magazine in your own style may be great. In my opinion, a magazine’s style is very important, which can get many readers out of the campus. Really, the articles’ quality is much better than our school but I got bored and tired to read them all.
The cover of the magazine is really great every time. Plus, I’m very surprised by the English skills of the reporters and editors. The way of they write sentences is very close to native English.
Also, it’s hard to find misprints or spelling errors. I found many from the other schools’ magazines. Those mistakes are small things but small mistakes lower a magazine's quality. To be a good magazine, small mistakes cannot be accepted.
The topics of the articles are really good. However, I wanted more news on science and computers. Most of the articles are on liberal or performing arts. Well, it seemed that all the articles were like the first half of the 9 o’clock TV news. The overall image of this edition is stiff. Next time, I hope to read something that gives us happiness and comfort.
Pride, passion and professionalism are the power behind the Post. Not many campus magazine writers take pride in their writing. I really liked the cover story about DU Alumni. Other magazines often don’t inform their readers about school news. They just publish articles on simple topics or cartoons that are really bad. Why publish information that is already in other magazines or newspapers? That is not the way campus magazines should be.
Keep your passion, and your pride. Be the best, DU Post!!
The writer is a sophomore in Dept. of Computer Engineering at Hongik University.
Yi Won-jae Honggik University student
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