I think the Chonnam Tribune has a strong point that it is the only English magazine at Chonnam National University and provides a variety of useful information for students, even for international students from abroad. The last issue had really interesting contents. Especially, the character illustration in the ‘Cover Story’ was funny enough to arouse the reader’s interest. In the ‘Foreign Community’ article, interviews with foreign students were so fresh because they show how foreign students’ lives are. I wondered what they feel about our university and Korean students. I often meet foreign students or take some classes with them, but I have not had a chance to hear their stories.
The content of the magazine was well constructed. When people read a magazine that contains some kinds of articles about similar subjects, they are more likely to become bored even if the subjects are very useful. But the Tribune articles are so diverse that I could be more close to it than other English media. However, I felt something was not enough in ‘Howdy, CNUians?’ article. I was confused at first while reading it because I thought the interviewees were talking about the same topic. I later found out they were talking about four different social issues respectively. If it had the titles on the top of each student’s opinions, it will be clearer for the readers to understand.
I am very thankful for giving me this chance to write my opinion about the magazine as a member of the Chonnam Tribune Assessment Committee. I hope what I pointed out can be good suggestions for a better magazine. I am already looking forward to seeing the next issue.
By Seo Young-eun, Freshman, Dept. of English Education