Defection Reduction and Journalism Academy

Due to previous border intensifications, defector numbers have dropped by 43%:

The number of North Korean defectors to South Korea tumbled 43 percent in the first five months of 2012 from a year earlier due to increased security along the North Korea-China border, the Seoul government said Sunday.A total of 610 North Korean defectors arrived in South Korea in the January-May period, down 42.6 percent from the same period last year, according to data from the Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs.

Regarding defectors, in a different story, there is now a Journalism School being set up for defectors in South Korea:

North Korea Strategic Center’s Major General Kim, Kwang-in put out, starting this coming 16th, there will be a 2-week, 10-course “Journalism Academy” specifically for teenage defectors and college students.

The goal of this Journalism Academy is to prepare college-age and teenage defectors, in entering the media field, and will go on weekdays from 10am to 1pm, at Toz’s JongRoh Street Branch. Presentation Topics will consist of topics such as ▲Scholastic Writing ▲Hand-on Report Writing ▲Real-world Interviewing ▲Speech Clinic ▲Media Company Visitation and others, with 2 presentations a day, lasting 90 minutes each.

Those who attend the academy and excel, will be given a minor scholarship. In particular, more than 70% of defector attendees will most likely get an internship at Chosun Daily·Dong-A Daily and other such media companies.

Instructors Kim, Byeong-Gil (Sookmyung Womens’ University‘s Communication Development Center), Professor Park, Sung-Hee (EHwa Women’s University‘s Department of Mass Communication and Information), Professor Chang, Hae-Soon (KyungHee University‘s Department of Press Speech), Major General Ji, Hae-Beom (Chosun Daily’s Northeast Research Center), and other presenters will take part in this academy.

Joining the Journalism Academy is free, and will continue to receive up to 25 students on a rolling basis until July 13th. To apply, go to the North Korea Strategic Center’s Homepage( the application, and e-mail it to ( Or, you can go directly to the North Korea Strategic Center, at JongRo district, ShinMoon-Dong, and sign up.

For more details, contact the North Korea Strategic Center at (02-720-8035).


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