The Postech Times Still Has More Room to Improve
The Postech Times Still Has More Room to Improve
  • Jung Han-kyu
  • 승인 2012.09.05 19:46
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As stated on its homepage, The Postech Times was founded in 1988. As the university was moving towards equipping itself with a more globalized scope, the English online section was established in 2009, followed by the printed newspaper beginning in the second semester of the same year. A total of 14 issues are made every year, in the interval of every third week mostly. It consists of 20 pages with five in English, and 11,000 copies printed for each issue. Contrary to popular misunderstanding, the English version is not a translated Korean version; our reporters plan and cover the news independently. Since the first issue, we have maintained a five-page format, with flexibility in pages for special occasions.
The Changes
While some things are the same as the first issue, some things have changed in the past three years. The English Postech Times (just Postech Times from here and on) has had two professor editors, three English editors, four editor-in-chiefs, and four classes of reporter recruitments since its foundation. Every added member tried something new, making the newspaper better each time.
In early issues, the colors and headline fonts were inconsistent. A lot of the contents, in terms of the topic and organizations, were experimental; every issue looked different. Beginning in 2010 issues, the format became standardized. That format is still being used today.
The biggest differences from the early issues are increased readability, better use of the space, and specialized contents. The Postech Times adopted Times New Roman font in the beginning of the second semester of 2011. The font itself became a bit smaller, but the words are now bolder and easier to read. Because of the smaller font size, and better understanding of how to fit articles into a page, each page is fully packed and organized better to increase readability. When it comes to the articles, they were mostly about introducing Korean culture in early issues. Later on, however, the articles have balanced out with more specialized and informative news, like other well established newspapers.
The Focus
The Postech Times is very unique for its kind. Because POSTECH is a research oriented university, a lot of the news deals with the research accomplishments and awards that professors receive. Consequently, it is inevitable that the contents are mostly academic. Despite the lopsided situation, we must maintain a balance between the news of the university, faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and even Pohang. We also have to keep our readers in mind. Most of our printed newspaper is mailed out to the home of every student, high school admissions offices in Korea, other university newspaper offices, and overseas universities. It is difficult at times to cover stories in an unbiased point of view.
As stated in the introduction page of the homepage, The Postech Times serves the needs for global interest in the university. As a newspaper, it not only delivers news about the university, but also records and compiles big and small events of POSTECH. The newspaper itself is the history that contains both facts and the opinion of the members of POSTECH. Finally, it also holds an ambassadorial role in informing the general public and the whole world POSTECH. 
Last words
As the fourth editor-in-chief, I am very happy about the progress The Postech Times has made so far, but am still unsatisfied because I know how much it can be improved. We want to grow in size, increasing the number of pages. It is true that The Postech Times still needs more regular readers. I hope that we gain more readers that read our newspaper on a regular basis and interact with us. In order to accomplish this, the reporters must cover stories in various points of view, analyze events more critically, and write better articles. There is a huge difference between understanding and knowing. Although it takes time, training, and practice, I hope the reporters will understand what a privilege it is to work as a reporter and master the skills to function as a reputable media.