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The Department of Communication Studies offers many kinds of events, most free and open to the public. We organize and sponsor numerous lectures, workshops and conferences over the course of the academic year. Our programming covers a wide range of topics and features presenters from diverse disciplines and is designed to foster an understanding of the mass media and emerging media.


Nam Center Colloquium Series | Calling Pyongyang: Changes in Journalistic Approaches to North Korea since 2000

Soomin Seo, Assistant Professor, Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
4:30-6:00 PM
Room 120 Weiser Hall Map
South Korea had a Watergate moment in 2016, when a corruption scandal led to an impeachment of the president. Two media outlets in particular, the progressive Hankyoreh and JTBC, a TV station with roots in Samsung, first broke and then sensationalized the scandal that motivated the candlelight protests. Building on research about national media systems and sociology of news work, I analyze the news media and journalistic culture to derive three main findings. First, the democracy movement of the 1980s provided institutional and cultural foundations. Second, commercial desires facilitated higher-quality journalism, rather than undermining it. The economic liberalization and the precarity of the economy as a whole influenced both the media industry at large and the specific business strategies that motivated JTBC. Third, there is an Americanization of journalistic norms and culture. While the two outlets were outnumbered by better-funded pro-government outlets, the duo ultimately prevailed with an irreverent culture of truth-seeking.

Soomin Seo is an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and a member of the Media and Communication Doctoral Program at Temple University in Philadelphia, USA. She received her PhD in communications at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and studied public policy at Harvard University. Her work has appeared in publications such as Journalism Studies and Columbia Journalism Review. She is also a former journalist who worked for international news outlets.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, Media, Politics
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Nam Center for Korean Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures, Communication Studies

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