KÉ summer journalism school

KÉ Journalism School: 2018 Winter Curriculum

Korea Exposé invites aspiring students and grads to join our journalism winter school!

Whether you want to become a serious journalist, whether you want to write about social and cultural issues in English, or whether you just want to improve your English, all are welcome!


  • Valuable insights into how English-language journalism operates
  • A chance to network with working journalists who write for big names in the industry
  • Know-how of producing news articles
  • A polished portfolio containing 5 articles with journalist feedback
  • A chance to publish on Korea Exposé
  • A possible internship at Korea Exposé after the program

No previous experience or education required. You just need a laptop, a reporter’s notebook, a smartphone and fluency in Korean and English.

  • Time: Jan 2 – 26 / Tuesdays and Thursdays 13:00 – 17:00
  • Main instructorsSe-Woong KooHaeryun Kang 
  • Participants: max. 10 per class
  • Fee: 1,000,000 won / 8 classes (payable to Woori Bank,1005-703-169560)



The classes will focus intensively on actual reporting, writing and editing. Students will be expected to approach strangers, talk to sources on the phone, and produce short articles every session and a long-term feature story. Quality articles will be published on Korea Exposé.

Class 1 (Jan 2): Introduction: How to find and pitch a story
You’ll be exploring a neighborhood in Seoul, approaching strangers and searching for story ideas.

Class 2 (Jan 4): Find the Right Sources
How do you reach out respectfully to sources? How do you make them trust you? AKA Cold-Calling 101. Guest lecturer: Steven Borowiec, KÉ’s politics editor, on reporting during the Sewol disaster.

Class 3 (Jan 9): Oh, Social Media
How is social media changing journalism — both for the creators and the readers? Beware, you’ll be interviewing people.

Class 4 (Jan 11): North Korea & Journalism Ethics
How does North Korea present huge ethical dilemmas for journalists today? How can we report credibly on the “hermit kingdom”? Guest lecturer: Kim Gamel, Korea correspondent at Stars & Stripes and former Middle East correspondent for AP.

Class 5 (Jan 16): It’s All About Multimedia
Let’s look at some fascinating storytelling experiments in journalism. How do people do it right? Wrong? Let’s do some ourselves. Guest lecturer: Matt Stiles, data journalist and Korea correspondent for LA Times, on how he cracked data journalism.

Class 6 (Jan 18): Opinion Writing & The “I” in News
Why are more New York Times reporters incorporating “I” into their articles? How is opinionated writing becoming more popular in journalism today?

Class 7 (Jan 23): Covering Big Institutions
It’s not always fun — and definitely very hard — to cover government and big business sources. How do reporters do it? Guest lecturer: Ben Jackson, KÉ’s environment editor, on covering how South Korea’s big companies are ruining the Indonesian rainforest.

Class 8 (Jan 25): Feature presentation
Oh, did we not mention it? You would’ve been working on a month-long feature assignment from the beginning. The last day is your moment to present, and be brutally judged. It’ll be fun.

Instructors and Guest Lecturers

Se-Woong Koo, instructor / Publisher and Co-founder @ Korea Exposé

haeryun kang

Haeryun Kang, instructor / Managing Editor @ Korea Exposé

Ben Jackson, guest lecturer / Environment Editor @ Korea Exposé

Steven Borowiec, guest lecturer / Politics Editor @ Korea Exposé

Kim Gamel, guest lecturer / Stars & Stripes correspondent, former AP reporter in the Middle East

Matt Stiles, guest lecturer / Data journalist, LA Times correspondent

For more information, contact us on our Facebook page at KÉ Journalism School, or email us at bombom[at]koreaexpose[dot]com.