Buzzfeed: North Korea Coverage

The inception of the┬áDigital Revolution has ignited significant changes in many industries, including the field of journalism. The availability of technology has produced an environment where digitally-native news sites/agencies permeate the traditional news industry. Although the consumption of conventional news still exists (The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal), the type […]

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Social Media

Cyberspace is an alien concept to North Korean citizens, since Internet infrastructure is almost non-existent within the country. Only a very small percentage of elites have access to the Internet and a larger number of privileged North Koreans have access to the Intranet, a tightly controlled and content-filtered alternative to the World Wide Web. It […]

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Hidden Pressures

In 2006, Josh Wolf, a freelance video journalist, was sentenced to 7 1/2 months in jail for defying a grand jury subpoena for his video footage of the 2005 protest in San Francisco. Wolf refused to turn over his collection of recordings that revealed confrontations between police officers and anti-G8 protesters. While Wolf published some […]

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Press Freedom in the U.S.

According to the World Press Freedom Index, the United States was ranked 32 in 2013. Within just one year, the United States moved down 14 spots to rank 46 in 2014. Compared to other countries like North Korea or China, the United States exercises an incredible amount of press freedom. North Korea was ranked 179 […]

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Wikileaks

One major disclosure that I came across through Wikileaks concerns Sino-North Korean relations, as expressed by South Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister, Chun Yung-woo. Chun told the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, Kathleen Stephens, that he predicted that China would not be able to save the DPRK from collapse after Kim Jong Il’s death. He also […]

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TED Talk: Escape from North Korea

Because North Korea severely lacks Internet infrastructure, the concept of social media is extremely foreign and unheard of for the North Korean people. There are also no citizen journalists within the country, since the North Korean regime has a tight grip on the media and has strict limitations on the publication of information. Plus, many […]

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Restrepo Response

In class, we watched Restrepo, an unnarrated war documentary film shot by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger. I really enjoyed watching it, especially because of its candid nature that showed the unpleasant realities of war in Afghanistan. Unlike Hollywood war films, Restrepo was not heavily edited with special effects. All the “pops,” “bangs,” and “booms” […]

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