FOR THOSE Yonseians who may have taken a closer look at their tuition fees
this semester, they might've have noticed a category designated "Yonsei
Chunchu," and "broadcasting fee." Fees in this category are distributed to
Yonsei's three official presses: the Yonsei Chunchu, The Yonsei Annals, and the
YBS (Yonsei Educational Broadcasting Station).
how these groups work and where their money is going, because ￦5,900 for the
"Yonsei Chunchu," and ￦1,500 for the "broadcasting fee" from each student of
Yonsei, including graduate students, result in enough money to spark interest
and perhaps concern. Although information concerning the broadcast and
periodicals is open to anyone, not all are satisfied with the Yonsei's current
standards. The lack of communication between the student body and the student
press is also an on-going problem.
Taking a closer look at how
these media prepare, cover, edit, and represent their products may give students
a better basis for understanding, and perhaps improve the student presses'
YBS (Yonsei Educational Broadcasting
Due to the construction of the second Central Library, Yonsei's three
presses have moved their offices out of Chunchu Hall. Accordingly, YBS has moved
its broadcasting station and main offices to room 605 and 610 in the General
Classroom Complex. YBS is in charge of all audio and visual news and other
entertainment programs, which are broadcasted over 40 speakers throughout the
campus, uploaded on the Internet, and featured throughout Yonsei's major events,
including the Yon-Ko Fete.
YBS takes three steps in
producing their annual video clips.
1. "First, for about two months, we
brainstorm for any kind of idea that can be applied to the show. Through such
spontaneous thinking and repeated discussion come the best material," says Cho
Jae-min (Soph., Dept. of Sport and Leisure Studies.), a member who works in the
2. Planning assemblies are held from time to time
during the brainstorming term in order to decide the main theme of the show
based on the ideas that are pooled.
3. A final overnight brainstorming
conference is held before actual filming in order to settle on who will be
featured, and what machinery and tools will be used. Each team has a month to
shoot their programs before the final editing process.
conferences have a very free-flowing atmosphere. This is essential for fresh
ideas to pop-up spontaneously during the process. Evaluation conferences,
however, held every Friday, with the audience committee, are rather formal and
serious. The members discuss the overall setbacks of the week's programs and
evaluate the quality of their productions.
On the other hand,
YBS's audience committee monitors their work in order to minimize mistakes. This
also serves to keep in touch with Yonseians' demand. Currently, 23 staff members
in 4 different divisions are concentrating their efforts on the show "Festival
in the Woods."
Yonsei Chunchu has moved to Miwoo Hall, a recently remodeled office
building. The Yonsei Chunchu prints 20,000 copies of their newspaper every
Monday during the semester and a special edition for each vacation. Since its
primary role is to cover what is going on around campus, Yonsei Chunchu manages
three reporting divisions: one covering the Shinchon area, another covering the
Won-ju campus, and the last covering graduate students.
Yonsei Chunchu tries to maintain a fair and objective point of view on
controversial issues around campus, as reporters have easier access to all
campus affairs," says Lee Sang-min (Jr., Dept. of Business Admin.), the
Editor-in-Chief of the Yonsei Chunchu. Retaining such a viewpoint empowers the
articles to keep a critical perspective. With 42 reporters working in 9
different divisions, the Yonsei Chunchu is the largest of the three official
Such a large and busy group can only be managed by
efficient communication and well organized division of labor. Every Monday, an
item conference is held on what subjects will be written for the current week,
followed by an evaluation forum on the previous week's paper. The editor of each
division presents the pages they are in charge of and the reporters discuss the
merits and demerits of the articles, as well as the layouts.
During the item conference, staff members discuss items for the current week's
paper. This is mainly for making small adjustments and giving advice on topics.
Most of the items are assembled, retouched and confirmed during the vacation
period. These items can be represented as was planned, or new items can be
introduced and improved.
Item conferences regarding reporting articles are
held every Wednesday, whose participants are the editor of the reporting
division and the assistant reporters. Each assistant reporter checks their beats
by Wednesday and the editor assigns articles to the writers. Wednesday is also
the final date for requesting photographs from the photo division. "Since the
photo-journalist have to match their time with other reporters, we must know
their schedules in advance," comments Wi Jung-ho (Jr., Dept. of Law), editor of
the photo division. "But there are almost always exceptions and
photo-journalists always stand-ready."
All 42 reporters gather in
the Yonsei Chunchu office every Friday to write, copy-read, and assemble the
articles. This often takes more than 24 hours. Over half of the reporters stay
overnight and continue working. A small bedroom is arranged inside the office
for bushed reporters, but it is never fully occupied. "We stay overnight mostly
because of the writing and copy-reading process. Since each phrase makes a
difference, we continue rewriting until both the editor and the reporters are
satisfied with the finished article," explains Lee Seung-ho (Soph., Dept. of
Business Admin.), a reporter of the web-media division. Rearranging the pages
with the finished articles is done mostly beginning Saturday morning. Final
files are handed to a commissioned printing office Saturday evening and final
prints of the newspapers arrive at Yonsei Sunday afternoon.
The Yonsei Annals
The Yonsei Annals has relocated across the hall from the
Yonsei Chunchu office. The Yonsei Annals is a monthly English magazine
that prints 8,000 copies a month during the semester. There are 6 divisions, and
22 staff members. "Though the The Yonsei Annals is written in English,
its first and main target is the average Yonsei student interested in English.
We try to convey in-depth information involving various fields of the Korean
society especially in the greater international context from a collegiate point
of view. Considering that it is written in English and is also delivered to
about 90 sister universities around the world, the Annals serves as an
important international symbol of Yonsei," says Kong Hyon-bin (Jr., Dept. of
Business Admin.), the Editor-in-Chief of the Annals.
Annals focuses on featured articles, five steps are taken for each month's
1. Article topics are selected by popular voting at the
"Pre-Editorial Meeting."Each item is carefully perused by the staff and doubts
or suggestions are freely articulated and discussed.
"Briefing Conference" is held one week after reporters have begun writing their
articles. Periodically, they present drafts and outlines of their articles,
along with details as to how they will lay out their pages.
Final drafts are submitted after several copy-readings by division editors and
guest editors. Each article gets a final proofreading from Yonsei
4. The final layouts are completed and
printed in a professional editing and printing office outside of Yonsei.
5. After the printing, reviews are held on what parts need
improvement, and what mistakes have been made.
The Annals gathers
every Monday and Thursday evening. At each meeting, they have conferences such
as the regular Pre-Editorial or occasional seminars on advertisement, design
etc. Though reporters don't have to stay up all night every weekend, in the
Annals, one seems to feel as busy as reporters in the Yonsei Chunchu.
"It's probably because we work with featured articles," says Kim
Keong-hee (Jr., Dept. of Business Admin.), editor of the campus reporting and
research division. "The deeper you examine your topic, the better the article
Only a glimpse
This article only presents a simple sketch on how these media work.
Every member of the student press devotes nearly two months of each vacation to
rigorous training and production. Any comments and encouragements that the
reader may wish to offer to Yonsei's three media outlets would be greatly
Divisions in YBS
The announcing division / The audio production division / The reporting
division / The video production division
Divisions in The Yonsei
The campus reporting division / The research division / The
international division / The social division / The culture division / The
Divisions in the Yonsei
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd reporting division / The planned reporting
division / The web media division / The social division / The science
division / The culture division / The photo
the YBS, the Yonsei Chunchu, and The Yonsei Annals are
titled the "three official presses," I never had the chance to know how
the other two media strived for their final products. If I wasn't aware of
the process, how would other Yonseians know what the student media were
doing? This article was written for the many Yonseians who are curious
about student press in the hope that greater student participation
may provide for further improvements.