Facing the 200th issue…
As the Editor-in-chief who is facing the 200th issue,
I am seized with the thought that I should dedicate something to this memorable and glorious moment.
After that, I decided to find our own characteristic, by looking back upon the history of the Hongik Tidings. Therefore, we, the twelve editors, spent our 10-day-holiday reading every Tidings carefully, which has been published from the 1st issue to the 199th issue for 33 years.
Then, “What is the special characteristic of the Hongik Tidings?”
The answer is ironically “There is no special characteristic.”
It has always been changing its form and theme. The sentences and the designs also keep changing.
According to who makes the Tidings, it is possible to create a totally new newspaper or magazine.
For instance, some of the former journalists had expressed their passion by inventing creative formats of paper. Also, others had been making up the previous fault, continuing its former form. However, all of them have been consistently worried “How can the HT grow its readership?”
“If so, did we fail to achieve our goal?”
Not at all, our way is defined now better than before.
After we knew that there was no constant system and frame,
we felt like we were being filled with romance, in that we can always invent something new.
Therefore, we, the Hongik Tidings, have always been trying to make a fresh and enjoyable magazine, including truthful writings and charming designs to please our readers.
Please keep your eyes on the Hongik Tidings!
One of the countless choices in my life
I am a college journalist.
As you see, I have two jobs. One is a student and the other is a journalist.
Since the period of exams and the time for collecting news have sometimes overlapped, I have had trouble balancing both.
On each occasion, I have asked myself, “What is more important between the two jobs?”
Most acquaintances advise that I had better study for my college, which would take a priority rather than the other. I had also been worried that I might walk alone on the other way, while most students are running on a track. The anxiety was appearing continuously, but I couldn’t find a correct answer to my question above.
As the time went by, I became the Editor-in-chief of the Tidings.
My eyes have still stayed on that other way, too.
However, I am no longer confused.
Turning around and looking back my track, I found that the footprints have been more and more clear on that way.
Then, I faced my question again.
I decided to spend more time working for the Hongik Tidings,
for twelve journalists and three designers and one photojournalist,
for the ten thousand copies of the English magazine that we’re publishing,
for the thankful readers,
and for the chance which would never come back,
Even if it would be a long journey, I will walk diligently, leaving more clear footprints.
I am now convinced of my choice to be the Editor-in-chief of the HT.
I wish this letter could be a sentence on which we think together.
I dedicate it to the readers who may have a similar worry and for the journalists who will make the 300th issue.
“Whatever the others say concerning you,
Your choice is the best answer.”
Park Jiwon email@example.com
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