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[370호] 2016년 03월 09일 (수) Reporter Lee Il-bong leeib@
The Postech Times keeps on watching other domestic university presses to reflect upon ourselves. Overseas reportage conducted last Jan. 17 to 20 was a good opportunity to extend this to a university press abroad. The Postech Times had the opportunity to interview Kyoto University Press reporters and share our experiences. The Postech Times would like express our appreciation to the Kyoto University Press for admitting the interview.
The interview with Kyoto University Press was the first interview we took during the overseas reportage. We met them in the cafeteria, and started the interview. Reporter Hashimoto Rikako, Tsukamoto Mai, and Nishiyama Yudai participated in the interview. Kyoto University Press was established in 1925. They publish the newspaper basically twice a month. Kyoto University Press has a total of 20 reporters, including one international student from Taiwan. One interesting fact we heard during the interview was about the financial and administrative structure of Kyoto University Press. First of all, they publish the newspaper independently. This means they earn enough money to cover the costs of publishing the paper. They make money by selling their newspapers for 100 JPY, putting advertisements in the newspaper, and publishing the matriculation/commencement album. Reporters do not get ordinary payments; they use the profit for the group activities. They print about 10,000 newspapers each issue, and they hold a lot of regular readers of their newspaper. One of our interviewees, Hashimoto Rikako, was the chair editor of Kyoto University Press. The chair’s term starts from second semester of freshman year and lasts a year. They can stay at the press after the term. The reason why the freshmen take the chief editor is because seniors suffer more work loads, especially related to getting a job. They hold a meeting every Thursday, and they also hold long meetings during spring and summer in order to set the administrative plans for the full semester.
After the introductions of both sides, The Postech Times questioned about the reporters’ own story. We questioned whether there are reporters whose major is science and engineering. They answered, among the freshmen, eight students major in humanity-related subjects, two students major in jurisprudence, and one student majors in engineering. Our participants, Hashimoto Rikako majors in Chinese philosophy, Nishiyama Yudai majors in chemistry, and Tsukamoto Mai majors in jurisprudence. Tsukamoto Mai explained the demanding work of obtaining various advertisements. We also talked about the reason why they became reporters. They originally were interest in reading newspapers and expected that being a reporter might improve their writing skills.
Kyoto University Press is a independent group in the university unlike The Postech Times, which makes reporters more reponsible, free, etc.  They also have pride about writing articles, and about acting as a reporter.

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