2014 Australia-Korea Journalist Exchange

Korean journalists in Sydney on the Australia Korea Journalist Exchange

L-R Minsoo Baek, Hagsu Lee, Hyunsuk Cho, Eunjoo Jung, Fiona Tigar (Bayer), Younwhi Huh, Clare Fletcher (Walkley Foundation), Minkyung Paek and Adrian Dolahenty (Bayer)

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In late April 2014, five Korean journalists traveled to Australia accompanied by a program director from the Korea Press Foundation.

The journalists were selected from a field of applicants for the Australia-Korea Journalist Exchange Program, organised by the Walkley Foundation with support from DFAT’s Australia-Korea Foundation, and the Korea Press Foundation in Seoul.

With the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement newly signed, the Korean journalists were particularly keen to learn more about the trade relationship between Australia and Korea.

The Walkley Foundation organised a full week of meetings to help the Korean journalists meet with experts, make new contacts, and gain a more nuanced understanding of Australian policy, business and culture.  We thank the people and organisations who gave their time to meet with the delegation in Sydney, Canberra, and the Hunter Valley.

  • They spent a day in Canberra meeting with agencies and policy-makers including DFAT, Treasury, the Korean Embassy and Emergency Management Australia.
  • Back in Sydney they had briefings from Austrade, Macquarie Securities, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, KOTRA, the Australia Korea Business Council, the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Korean Cultural office and Unions NSW.
  • The journalists visited media organisations including ABC studios and Fairfax Media, and mingled with Walkleys and MEAA staff as well as key business and media industry people at a welcome BBQ where Meat & Livestock Australia showcased great Australian red meat.
  • Supported by Bayer, the delegates attended the 2014 Press Freedom Australia Dinner, where they joined with media, business and cultural representatives to support the cause of press freedom in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • A day trip to the Hunter Valley organised by Destination NSW and Hunter Valley Tourism gave the Korean journalists a primer on Australia’s tourism industry, wine, beef production and dairy.
  • The journalists also met with the NSW Chief Scientist’s office and visited the CSIRO’s radio physics lab.

Delegates for the Australia-Korea Journalist Exchange, April 27 – May 4, 2014

Hyun suk Cho

Reporter, Global Economy Team, JoongAng Ilbo, Seoul

CHO Hyun Suk is a reporter of the JoongAng Ilbo, a leading newspaper with 1.3 million readers in Korea. JoongAng Ilbo is the flagship newspaper of the JoongAng Media Group, which holds the Korea JoongAng Daily (An English newspaper in association with New York Times International), JTBC(a broadcasting corporation), cable TV networks, and magazines.

Over the past ten years she has covered Korean economic ministry and businesses. She reported on the G20 Seoul Summit 2010 and The Korea-EU and Korea-US FTA. She is a graduate of Korea University. She majored in Korean language and literature, journalism and mass communication.

Eunjoo Jung

Reporter, Business Desk, The Hankyoreh, Seoul

For 12 years Eunjoo has been writing for newspapers and magazine news in Seoul, South Korea. She was a reporter at the Seoul Shinmun, where she covered legal issues. In 2010 she joined the Hankyoreh. Her works show how commercial treaties such as Korea-US Free Trade Agreement affect Koreans’ daily lives. She is also interested in investor-state dispute settlement. JUNG is a graduate of Concordia University Graduate School of Journalism in Montreal, Canada.

Minkyung Paek

Reporter, World Desk, The Seoul Shinmun, Seoul

Minkyung has spent most of her career as a journalist in the Seoul Shinmun. The Seoul Shinmun was founded in July 1904. She has covered international news. She majored in law at Sookmyung Women’s University. She was awarded the “Woman Journalist of The Year” in 2013.

Younwhi Huh

Senior Reporter, Political Desk, The Herald Business, Seoul

Younwhi has been working for the Herald Business Daily as a reporter for 15 years. He has covered diverse areas such as small venture companies in Korea, social affairs, public prosecutors’ office, medical science, real estate, etc. Now he covers Korea government’s economy and trade, welfare systems and labour policies. He is very interested in the Korea-Australia FTA issues and New Zealand. He studied economics in Chung Ang University, in Seoul, Korea.

Hagsu Lee

Senior Reporter, Business Desk, The Kyongnam Shinmun, Changwon, Gyeongsangnam Province

Hagsu is a reporter at the Kyongnam Shinmun Daily, a prestigious local newspaper in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, a province in Southern Korea. He currently covers construction and real estate and economy. He has been working at political, culture, social affairs sectors. He won the Award in Journalists Association of Korea twice by reporting on public officials’ injustice.

Minsoo Baek

Program Director, Journalist Training Team, Korea Press Foundation, Seoul

Mr Baek is a program director of the Korea Press Foundation (KPF). He joined the Journalist Training Team as the new program director in February this year. He has worked for 21 years in various fields including media promotion, media literacy, and journalist exchanges at KPF. Before joining KPF, he spent six years working as an editing reporter at two Korean daily newspapers from 1988 to 1993.  He is a graduate of Hankook University of Foreign Studies Graduate School, where he obtained a M.A. degree in East European Studies.