From the time I started to read the school newspaper, Chonnam Tribune, it has been very helpful as the fastest way to get the newest information about what is currently going on around campus. Since the paper contains a number of interviews and articles from international students, it is useful to help understand the different perspectives. As for the involvement of various voices of CNUians, I have been impressed a lot by how much they try to listen to the students by interviewing as much as they can. The latest issue, in particular, embraced the man-in-the-street interviews.
However, the number of interviews does not guarantee the quality of the articles. The fundamental purpose of having the people’s opinion should be in order to broaden the different ideas on the topics in common interests. The previous issue handled a couple of school related topics, such as school festivals and busking, which were interesting enough to catch the attention of readers. But, the thing is the opinions from interviewees were repeated a lot and not so much different from what we could easily expect to be told. They seemed to deliver positive opinions without any critical points of view. It is possibly because subtle changes in actual meaning could happen during the translation process for the interview held in Korean.
The one and only English newspaper of CNU is yet to be a masterpiece. It has room for improvements. More active interaction with the readers can enrich the newspaper once more. They can do interviews in English as much as possible and have a confirming process to double check whether the translated sentences imply the original meaning. To seek for an interview not only with the student but faculty and staff members can help to widen the insights as well. As an old reader, I hope this newspaper can go a step further by pursuing higher goal attainment.
By Kim Jin-a, Senior, Dept. of Biological Science and Technology