The East-West Center's annual Korea-United States Journalists Exchange  normally sends six to eight Korean journalists to the United States and six to eight U.S. journalists to South Korea to meet with government and business leaders, academics, non-governmental organizations and other members of the community. The program seeks to introduce journalists to the political, security, economic, cultural and social issues of each country. Open to working print, online and broadcast journalists in the U.S. and Korea with a minimum of five years' experience. Deadline is Apr 13, 2017.
This 11th Exchange will explore US-Korea relations under new leadership in both countries. South Korea is set to elect a president on May 9 following the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. In travel to South Korea, six US journalists will visit Gwangju, center of the Democratic United Party, the opposition party that is leading in the polls. Gwangju was also home to the 1980 democratic uprising that led to hundreds of deaths. US journalists will get a close look at the increasingly complex security issues dealing with North Korea when they travel to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) that divides North and South Korea. In Seoul Americans will meet on Korea’s cutting-edge information technology, social media and K-pop culture. Six Korean journalists will travel to Washington, D.C. and Honolulu for meetings on the Korea-US military alliance and the North Korea threat, bilateral trade and Korea-US relations under the Trump administration.
Following these study tours, all of the journalists will meet for a final dialogue at the East-West Center in Honolulu to report on their travel experiences and to exchange opinions on how media coverage of US-Korea issues can be improved.