The Eyes of Sookmyung
The Eyes of Sookmyung
  • Park Kim Haena,Park Bae Hyewon
  • 승인 2009.03.04 08:59
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Many and various occurrences campus are happening in Sookmyung at this moment.  There are two organisms which cover these important and trivial events and report not only within the campus but even overseas; namely the Sookmyung Times (SMT) and the Sookdaeshinbo.  What are the courses followed until the news which was once invisible is delivered to you?  And who are the Sookmyungians who carry out these processes?  This time SPOTLIGHT will explore the life of Sookmyung’s journalists. 


Sookmyung Times

1. Question for SMT (Q’ SMT): Please, introduce SMT to Sookmyungians.

Answer of SMT (A’ SMT): SMT is the English paper office at Sookmyung, as the magazine’s formation, SMT has delivered news from both inside and outside of Sookmyung.  Though SMT’s primary purpose is to exist for Sookmyungians, in a broad sense, it is a mediation linking Sookmyung and other worlds, from just outside the campus to overseas universities which are related by sisterhood. (By Cho Ku Yoonji/Editor-in-chief)  


2. Q’ SMT: How is SMT made up?  And are there activities or meetings with other    University organs of expression?

A’ SMT: There are three departments: Department of Internationalism and Society, Women, and Culture.  After taking a course as cub reporter, a journalist will work as a regular reporter and may finish by acting as Chief of a department in the end.  Besides, there is a union called USCEN which means a union of English paper offices from all ofSeoul ’s Universities.  This organization is used to exchange information or share joint education about journalism. (By Cho Ku Yoonji/Editor-in-chief)

3. Q’ SMT: What is the schedule for making newspaper?  Please inform us about the schedule followed until the paper is given out to students?

A’ SMT: First, we have a meeting to select interesting items for our newspaper.  Every reporter prepares about 2 or 3 items for each section.  After talking about the items, we choose the best ones and they become the articles for the next month.  Then, the editor-in-chief distributes articles to reporters and they write them.  We also do editorial design.  All the articles are edited by the editing professor, Rosemary Duncan, and reporters check their articles.  Through the 3 steps of correction, modification and adding, we find typographical errors and modify them.  After correcting the articles, we go to the printing house and confirm the layout and adjust it to look better.  Finally, the editor-in-chief makes sure the newspaper looks good and it is put into print. (By Shin Won Sora/Culture Desk Editor)

4. Q’ SMT: When do you feel the most worth as a journalist?

A’ SMT: A reporter’s heart may be full when she receives a post from a reader saying they read the articles with interest and gained some instructive information.  It is the same feeling as when one restores one’s self worth into society. (Kim Lee Kyunghee/ Women Desk Editor)

5. Q’ SMT: Are there any special benefits or advantages to being a reporter?

A’ SMT: After all, it is the most beneficial way to establish connections.  The people whom you can meet are not only within the campus, including President Han Young-sil, but outside the campus.  It would be the best advantage of working for SMT to gain opportunities to create relationships with those who are acknowledged in their field and to listen directly to their know-how about life. (Kim Lee Kyunghee/ Women Desk Editor)

6. Q’ SMT: What is the crucial TIP to be accepted into SMT?  And what do you have to say to freshmen who want to volunteer for SMT?

A’ SMT: To become a member of SMT, it is necessary to have an idea of how to write articles with a certain kind of subject or direction.  Then, responsibility is also the most important quality.  If there are people who have these two qualities, SMT really wants to be with them.  If you want to make your campus life meaningful, you should endeavor to create a meaning-full experience with your effort.  As the endeavors remain in your memory as much as you struggle, if you become a member of SMT, you will have the opportunity to make memories of your endeavors and experiences. (Lee Jeong Seungji/ Society Desk Editor)


1. The Sookmyung Times (SMT): Please, introduce the Sookdaeshinbo to Sookmyungians.

Sookdaeshinbo: Sookdaeshinbo is Sookmyung Women’s University (SMU)’s newspaper office conducted only by students.  The newspapers are published ten times per semester, and about ten journalists do everything from getting the news and writing articles to setting up the type.  Founded in 1955 on October 25, the newspaper, which has been in existence for fifty years has developed with the pride of having the longest history among leadership groups.  Sookdaeshinbo tries to inform readers of Sookmyungians’ and professors’ activities, as well as the overall administration and the present direction in which SMU is going without criticism.  (By Lee Seunghyun/Editor)

2. SMT: How is Sookdaeshinbo made up?

Sookdaeshinbo: Sookdaeshinbo has a five-term system for journalists; the first semester as a cub reporter, two semesters as a reporter and another two semesters as a director.  During probation, cub reporters are trained to understand the total system of the newspaper and after that are posted to a department in which they start to write news.  There are five departments of news reporting which cover school news, scientific study, culture, and women. (By Lee Seunghyun/Editor)

3. SMT: Do you intend to work for a magazine or newspaper, write a book or try something different altogether?  Why did you want to become a journalist at Sookmyung?

Sookdaeshinbo: I don’t want to lead a meaningless school life.  I didn’t enter here with my future in mind but I just would like to do this work.  I thought it would be a worthwhile experience and offer a chance to create fresh promise for myself as an university student. (By Nam Geunryung/News report Desk)  

4. SMT: What is the schedule for making newspaper?  Please inform us about the schedule you follow until the paper is given out to students.

Sookdaeshinbo: There is a planning meeting late on a Friday.  On this day, we evaluate the newspaper released on this day, and on Tuesday, we have a final check meeting concerning planning.  Reporters collect data and finish writing their articles on Wednesday and Thursday.  Friday is the deadline.  Although articles have to be sent to a printing house by 11p.m., this schedule is sometimes delayed because unexpected things often happen, so most reporters have experienced working through the night in the office at least once. (By Lee Seunghyun/Editor)

5. SMT: Are there any special benefits or advantages to being a reporter?

Sookdaeshinbo: After finishing one semester, according to position, reporters are awarded the Sookmyung scholarship which is given to the organ of expression and activities in Sookdaeshinbo and is acknowledged as volunteer work.  In addition, it teaches reporters what responsibility is, and you can also meet diverse people and seniors in various fields.  When journalists who work for a newspaper invisit us to give lectures during the vacation, we can get advice and improve our writing skills. (By Kim Heami/Women Desk and Kang Mikyung/Society Desk)

6. SMT: What is the crucial TIP to be accepted into the Sookdaeshinbo?  And what do you have to say to freshmen who want to volunteer for Sookdaeshinbo?

Sookdaeshinbo: The atmosphere of the interview is somewhat grave but don’t sit in fear and worry.  The most important thing is to have a strong will and just show pride and a mind of ‘I can do it.’  Working as a reporter in Sookdaesinbo means representative of Sookmyungians.  If you dislike dry school life, experience a new life with us.  I want to say to freshmen who volunteer for Sookdaeshinbo that they should be responsible people and do their best in every word. (By Lee Seunghyun/Editor and Choi Yoon young/News report Desk)

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