As current and former members of J Student Reporters (JSR) graduate, the Korea Daily congratulates seniors on their great work.
This fall, JSR alumni will enter prestigious colleges including Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, and New York University. They’ll be joining JSR students from previous classes who credit the program with inspiring them to pursue journalism and helping in their academic lives.
According to Charles Min, a 2013 graduate of JSR who attends Princeton and writes for the Daily Princetonian, “If it wasn’t for [JSR], I don’t think I would’ve ever developed so much interest in journalism.”
Daniel Lee, who graduated from JSR in 2014 and goes to Dartmouth, recently wrote in an email, “I’m currently writing for the Sports Section of The Dartmouth, which is the oldest college newspaper [in the US]… and I don’t think I could have done this without the things I learned as a reporter, editor, and intern for JSR.”
Sooji Nam, one of Daniel’s classmates who is now double majoring in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations at the University of Southern California, said, “JSR was one of my most favorite extracurricular activities because it truly strengthened my passion for journalism… I am applying what I have learned from JSR to my education right now.“
Even students not pursuing journalism say the program positively impacted them.
Aaron Joo, a member of JSR’s class of 2014 who is now at the US Naval Academy, wrote, “I think back to my days as a JSR editor and realize the significance of staying on top of current events – especially since, in the military, being knowledgeable and conversational about worldly events is a useful tool. In addition, the invaluable skill of writing well… proves to be essential in any working environment, especially in the military, because communication is an integral part of daily life that gets tasks done.”
JSR is currently recruiting students entering grades 9-12 to join the program. In addition to learning writing skills and having their work published in the largest newspaper in the world aimed at a Korean American audience, reporters engage with an educational curriculum that teaches critical thinking, time management, group work, and leadership.
Visit jstudentboard.com/reporter/join-jsr for more information in either English or Korean. The JSR website also contains samples of student work and more testimonials. To apply, complete the application form on the website and email a short personal statement and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is Monday, June 29.