President Park Geun-Hye Impeach Scandal Pitch

Park Geun-Hye was South Korea’s first female President whom many people had great hopes for because of that reason. However, last year it was found out she had been taking bribes from big companies like Samsung and letting her best friend, Choi Soon-Il, have high government clerance and use company money that was given to the President to benefit her own benefit.

She was finaly impeached last week by the federal court, and the heir of Samsung was arrested, showing the people that coorporations that make such a big part of the country’s economy are no longer safe from justice as they have been in past scandals.

I wanted to do a kind of timeline that would take the whole scandal and explain it beginning to end. I want it to be for someone who has never heard of it, or has very little knowledge of it. Initially I wanted to gear this towards the youth that might want a connection to their country but find it too hard to follow newspapers and often get lost in the many articles there is of the scandals. However, I think I want to do a simple timeline, written, but with graphics obviously.

My main source who is a well educated man who grew up in Korea and studied in Europe reccently emailed me back telling me he finished his phD so he’ll be my main source for opinions and explanations of what happened and what the attitude of the people has been throughout the scandal. I’m also hoping to talk to a student or someone younger to get that Korean-American view as opposed to a more educaed Korean view.

South Korean Education

This is the roughtests of drafts ever made. I haven’t used Premiere before so it took me a while to learn and I made a very small clip. There’s not much to judge.

I plan on doing voice overs, raising the volume of the clip overall, adding better transitions, and if I have time adding subtitles. Since I was able to learn how to use the basic tools by making this tool it shouldn’t take me as long as it took me with this one.

I’ll be using this information :


South Korean Pitch

South Korea is known as one of the countries with the greatest educations in the world: In the 2015 Programme for International Student Assesment South Korean students scored more than average in Science, Mathmematics, and Reading. All over the world the South Korean education system is praised, however, not many more that this is also the country with one of the highest suicide rates in the world. According to WHO 41.7 people out of 100,000 committed suicide in South Korea in 2015, making it the highest rate within developed countries (the USA had 19.4 for every 100,000) coming from 28.7 in 2013 according to  OECD, and is one of the highests in the world. In 2015 suicide among people from the age of 10-30 was the number one reason of death.

I found this to be shocking, but also found it to be a sign that grinding students to get good test scores doesn’t always turn out as expected. In Korea the average student goes to school from 8am to 4 pm, and later has to go to an afterschool academy known as a hagwon (학원) to fortify their studies. By the time they get home it is 9pm and they have to go to sleep in order to repeat the process.

Should the States follow the same steps as its ally and implement cram schools? Lately schools like Kumon have been showing up and American students are joining the cram school culture, should this be the norm or should cram school be banned?

There was been a connection made between the preassure that students receive to succeed and the high sucide rates, but I would like to explore how immigrant parents experienced their school lives versus how their children are experiencing their school life,and how they value  academic success, and would like to speak to international students in American universities about their experiences in Korean high schools and their transactions to the American education system and find somoene how has had a close one commit or attempt suicide. I have contacted one of my sources who was educated in Korea, but later moved on to a British university who I can most likely interview about the different systems.


South Korea Beat

The country I chose is South Korea, or, as it is officially named, Republic of Korea. Within Korea’s 99,720 square kilometers there is 50.9 million people. It only shares border with one country, North Korea, or, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as it is officially named. This border is known as the 38th parallel, and for being the most militarized border in the world; it is 237 kilometers long. There is both Korean and American troops stationed at the parallel. It is possible to go there and “step” into North Korea in the room that usually the two country’s leaders have meetings.

The main language spoken in South Korea is Korean, which in some instances uses English phonetics to name technological tools like computer, cell phone, and television. Within the language there is different accents, but the one that is most heard on the news and TV shows is a Seoul accent. In the island of Jejudo the Korean spoken is distinctly different from that of mainland due to the isolation from it.

Unlike other East Asian countries Korea has a higher percentage of Christians than Buddhists. 19.7% of the reporting population is protestant, followed by 15.5% Korean/Zen Buddhist, and 7.9% Catholic. The rest of the population, that is 56.9%, has no formal religion association. These two instances with language and religion are due to intense influences from the United States during the Korean War, and other Western influences.

South Korea as we know it has not been around for very long. Before the Korean War the two Koreas were one, and before that they were invaded by Japan during World War 2. However, Korea had mostly been a different “kingdom” than China and Japan were in the 14th century. Before the Joseon Dynasty was formed in 1392 Korea was divided into three Kingdoms that were in constant war with China, Manchuria, and Mongolia. The Joseon Dynasty lasted until the 20th century when the dynasty gave in to Japan before World War 1 because of its weakness compared to the modernizing powers surrounding it. was corrupt and weak. It was after World War 2 that Japan was revoked ownership of the land they had gained that Korea was freed from the colonization by the Japanese. However, South Korea was not fully South Korean until the northern part of the country, protected by the USSR, and the southern part, protected by the USA, were not able to agree on one government to rule fully.

Under the intention to unify Korea to rule under a communist regime Kim Il-Sung launched the Korean War in 1950, attempting to invade the South, only to set the border back where it initially was.  1.2 million people died.

In the South the April 19 revolution which was led by students and labor groups in 1960, overthrew the current leader and placed Park Chung Hee into power. He turned out to also be a military dictator so he was overthrown along with other leaders after him.  In 2000 under Kim Dae-jung there was attempt to work towards democracy and civil rights with the North and, although Kim was criticized for the lack of change in the countries relationship, he got a Nobel Peace Prize. Recently in 2012 the first female president was elected, Park Geun Hye, whom is the daughter of Park Chung Hee: she is the protagonist of basically every news article coming out today because of corruption.

Today South Korea is considered fully developed and holds great economic power, with many of its companies being international. Communication wise there is 4 main television and radio systems: KBS (Korea Broadcasting System), SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System), MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation), EBS (Educational Broadcasting System). There is additional private channels as well. On top of that there is three main newspapers in the nation Chosun Ilbo, Dong-a Ilbo, Hankyoreh. All of them are available in English, Chinese, and Japanese online, as well as Korean. From the three newspapers Hankyoreh has been the most trusted and most neutral newspapers voted nine consecutive years as the most trusted news organization by Korean journalists.

All of these outlets are focusing on the current presidential scandal. President Park Geun Hye seems to be corrupt as she alledgedly her friend (Choi Soon Sil) to interfere with government affairs and used her power to seek funds from Korean companies such as Samsung and Hyundai. Recently North Korea has launched a missile of their Eastern border allegedly to defy Trump’s policies on the country. North Korea always seems to be in the news somehow, with Hankyoreh having a whole section just for news about the northern neighbor.

Within New York the biggest communities are Flushing, and Korea Town. There is a lot of organizations to help immigrants such as a Korean Language Center and Korean Culture Center both in Korea Town, the Korean Community Services in Korea Town, Corona, and Flushing. As well as newspapers target towards Korean American individuals: The Korea Times and The Korea Herald.

New York Times International Reporting

The New York Times is well known all around the world, but the main subject of the articles tend to be about the USA. In the international section of the newspapers there is more feature article like stories, as opposed to a string of several articles about one topic like presidential coverage, for example. Overall the style of the articles are longer and concentrate on evergreen topics. If a topic is relevant enought, it can make it to the cover of the Sunday newspapers, like this article about ISIS recruits did this week.

Because the Times is so old and is extensive it has won the most amount of Pulitzer prices than any other newspaper: 1918 for coverage of the war, 1930 to Russell Owen for Antartica expeditions, 1932 to Walter Duranti for Russia coverage, 1934 to Birchall for unbiased reporting from Germany, 1937 to McCormick for international reporting. More recent ones include  in 2006 to three different reporters for their coverage of international news, including China’s law system, in 2011 to Barry and Levi for international reporting of the Russian law system, and in 2015 for front line reporting the Ebola epidemic in Africa. You can see the complete list here.

Of course with that must time aslo come controversies, althought most seem to be national affairs there were some that had ot do with international reporting. The newspapers has been accused of being pro Iraq invasion, and pro Israel. The company also admitted ot minimizing the danger of the Nazi party and the Holocaust during WW2.

Korean Community

I’ve been learning Korean for two or three years now and I would like to study abroad in South Korea next semester so I thought it would be a great idea to choose this country as my topic this semester. I went to the Korean Culture Center to take Korean classes last summer so I am familiar with the kind of programs they have. I also have a source in the Korean Language Center. Both of these are located in Koreatown. There is also the Korean Community Center and other community services that I could possible contact and interview for a story.

I’m not sure what kind for story I want to write yet, but I think it would be cool to do a video story on how people re perceiving the current president drama from outside the country.