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Yonhap News Agency

Yonhap News Agency is a major South Korean news agency. It is based in Seoul, South Korea. Yonhap provides news articles, pictures and other information to newspapers, TV networks and other media in South Korea.

Yonhap News Agency
Yonhap News Agency's main office in Jongno-gu, Seoul
Native name
Hangul주식회사 연합뉴스
Hanja株式會社 聯合뉴스
Revised RomanizationJusikoesa Yeonhamnyuseu
McCune–ReischauerChushik'oesa Yŏnhamnyusŭ
Founded19 December 1980; 40 years ago (1980-12-19)
HeadquartersSeoul, South Korea
Websiteen.yna.co.kr

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Yonhap (pronounced , Korean:연합; Hanja:聯合, translit. Yeonhap; meaning "united" in Korean) was established on 19 December 1980, through the merger of Hapdong News Agency and Orient Press. The Hapdong News Agency itself emerged in late 1945 out of the short-lived Kukje News that had operated for two months out of the office of Domei, the former Japanese news agency that had functioned in Korea during the Japanese colonial era.

In 1999 Yonhap took over the Naewoe News Agency. Naewoe was a South Korea government-affiliated organization, created in the mid 1970s, and tasked with publishing information and analysis on North Korea from a South Korean perspective through books and journals. Naewoe was known to have close links with South Korea's intelligence agency, and according to the British academic and historian James Hoare, Naowoe's publications became "less partisan after the late 1980s and are often useful source of information on North Korea". In 1999 Naewoe merged with Yonhap News Agency, with materials on North Korea continued to be "distributed for free as part of the government's propaganda effort". According to the U.S. Library of Congress "Originally a propaganda vehicle that followed the government line on unification policy issued, Naowae Press became increasingly objective and moderate in tone in the mid-1980s in interpreting political, social, and economic developments in North Korea". Naowae's principal publication was the monthly magazine Vantage Point: Developments in North Korea, which continued to be published by Yonhap until its discontinuation in 2016.

It launched television news channel YTN in 1995, but separated the channel in 1998. It launched again in 2011 by its namesake channel Yonhap News.

Yonhap maintains various agreements with 90 non-Korean news agencies, and also has a services-exchange agreement with North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) agency, signed in 2002. It is the only Korean wire service that works with foreign news agencies, and provides a limited but freely-available selection of news on its website in Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, and French.

Yonhap was the host news agency of the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics and was elected twice to the board of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA).

Yonhap is South Korea's only news agency large enough to have some 60 correspondents abroad and 600 reporters across the nation. Its largest shareholder is the Korea News Agency Commission (KONAC).

In 2003, the South Korean government passed a law giving financial and systematic assistance to the agency, to reinforce staff and provide equipment. In the legislation, it was also given the role of “promoting the country's image” to an international audience. The head of the Yonhap agency is usually affiliated with the government, which critics say harms press freedom and influences news-gathering. However, it is government affiliation, rather than press laws (which are supportive of press freedom), which is said to be the cause of any limitations, though the agency does criticise the government.

Plaque at foot of Yonhap Journalist statue, 2014

Yonhap employs about 600 reporters. It has some 60 correspondents in 26 countries. Yonhap is one of few Korean news organizations with a section specialized in North Korea reports. In 1998, Yonhap acquired from the National Intelligence Service a news wire service monitoring North Korean media and analyzing North-Korea-related information. Yonhap incorporated the firm and its staff into the newsroom, creating a special division (often referred to as the 'N.K. news desk') to improve its reporting on North Korea. In January 2009, two reporters from the N.K. news desk disclosed that Kim Jong-un had been chosen as heir apparent to North Korea's longtime leader, Kim Jong-il. Later, in 2010, the reporters won the grand journalism award for the exclusive story from the Korean Journalist Association. It was the first time in nine years that the association had awarded the prize.

The Korean Journalist Association in 2010 established the Cho Gye-chang Journalism Award for achievement in international news reporting to commemorate Cho Gye-chang, the former Yonhap correspondent in Shenyang, China. Cho was killed in a car crash in December 2008 on the way back, after having conducted an interview with a Korean-Chinese academic. He was assigned to Shenyang in 2006 as the first South Korean correspondent in the northern Chinese city. Cho was widely admired as an ardent news writer who focused on North Korean affairs and Korean-Chinese communities. On the first anniversary of his demise, Korean-Chinese organizations and local journalists paid tribute to him as a "truly hardworking reporter with great professionalism". Mr. Cho's death marked the first time that Yonhap had lost a reporter on an international assignment.

  1. Hoare, James E.; Pares, Susan (2005). A Political and Economic Dictionary of East Asia (series: Political and Economic Dictionaries) (1st ed.). London: Routledge - Taylor and Francis Group. p. 348. ISBN 978-1857432589.
  2. Hoare, James E. (2012). Historical Dictionary of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (series: Historical Dictionaries of Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East). United Kingdom: Scarecrow Press - Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. p. 271. ISBN 978-0810861510.
  3. Hoare, James E. (2015). Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Korea (series: Historical Dictionaries of Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East) (3rd ed.). United Kingdom: Rownman & Littlefield. pp. 337–338. ISBN 978-0810849495.
  4. U.S. Library of Congress Federal Research Division (1992). Matles Savada, Andrea; Shaw, William (eds.).South Korea: A Country Study (Area Handbook series) (4th ed.). United States: Library of Congress. p. 249. ISBN 978-0844407364.
  5. Park, No-hwang (January 2016). "Discontinuance of Publication"(PDF). Vantage Point: Developments in North Korea. Yonhap News Agency. 39 (1): I. Archived(PDF) from the original on 19 November 2017. Retrieved18 November 2017.
  6. "About Us". Seoul: Yonhap News Agency. 2009.
  7. Shrivastava, K. M. (2007). News Agencies from Pigeon to Internet. Elgin, IL: Sterling Publishers. ISBN 978-1-932705-67-6.
  8. Sin, T.; Shin, D.C.; Rutkowski, C.P.; Pak, C. (2003). The Quality of Life in Korea: Comparative and Dynamic Perspectives. London: Kluwer. ISBN 978-1-4020-0947-1.
  9. See e.g. (2nd LD) "S. Korean lawmakers heap criticism on government's reversal in airstrip row". Yonhap. January 12, 2009.
  10. "미디어오늘 9년만의 한국기자상 대상 연합뉴스 최선영 장용훈 기자". mediatoday.co.kr. Retrieved6 February 2012.
  11. "Cho Gye-chang Journalism Award". www.journalist.or.kr (in Korean). Retrieved5 May 2018.
  12. "조계창 특파원, 정말 부지런했던 기자" Yonhap. Retrieved February 17, 2012.

Yonhap News Agency
Yonhap News Agency Language Watch Edit Yonhap News Agency is a major South Korean news agency It is based in Seoul South Korea Yonhap provides news articles pictures and other information to newspapers TV networks and other media in South Korea Yonhap News AgencyYonhap News Agency s main office in Jongno gu SeoulNative nameHangul주식회사 연합뉴스Hanja株式會社 聯合뉴스Revised RomanizationJusikoesa YeonhamnyuseuMcCune ReischauerChushik oesa YŏnhamnyusŭFounded19 December 1980 40 years ago 1980 12 19 HeadquartersSeoul South KoreaWebsiteen wbr yna wbr co wbr kr Contents 1 History 2 Activity 3 Journalists 4 The Cho Gye chang award 5 See also 6 References 7 External linksHistory EditYonhap pronounced jʌ n ha p Korean 연합 Hanja 聯合 translit Yeonhap meaning united in Korean was established on 19 December 1980 through the merger of Hapdong News Agency and Orient Press 1 The Hapdong News Agency itself emerged in late 1945 out of the short lived Kukje News that had operated for two months out of the office of Domei the former Japanese news agency that had functioned in Korea during the Japanese colonial era 1 In 1999 Yonhap took over the Naewoe News Agency Naewoe was a South Korea government affiliated organization created in the mid 1970s and tasked with publishing information and analysis on North Korea from a South Korean perspective through books and journals 2 1 Naewoe was known to have close links with South Korea s intelligence agency 2 and according to the British academic and historian James Hoare Naowoe s publications became less partisan after the late 1980s and are often useful source of information on North Korea 3 In 1999 Naewoe merged with Yonhap News Agency 1 with materials on North Korea continued to be distributed for free as part of the government s propaganda effort 3 According to the U S Library of Congress Originally a propaganda vehicle that followed the government line on unification policy issued Naowae Press became increasingly objective and moderate in tone in the mid 1980s in interpreting political social and economic developments in North Korea 4 Naowae s principal publication was the monthly magazine Vantage Point Developments in North Korea which continued to be published by Yonhap until its discontinuation in 2016 5 It launched television news channel YTN in 1995 but separated the channel in 1998 It launched again in 2011 by its namesake channel Yonhap News Activity EditYonhap maintains various agreements with 90 non Korean news agencies and also has a services exchange agreement with North Korea s Korean Central News Agency KCNA agency signed in 2002 6 It is the only Korean wire service that works with foreign news agencies 7 and provides a limited but freely available selection of news on its website in Korean English Chinese Japanese Spanish Arabic and French Yonhap was the host news agency of the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics and was elected twice to the board of the Organization of Asia Pacific News Agencies OANA Yonhap is South Korea s only news agency large enough to have some 60 correspondents abroad and 600 reporters across the nation 6 Its largest shareholder is the Korea News Agency Commission KONAC In 2003 the South Korean government passed a law giving financial and systematic assistance to the agency to reinforce staff and provide equipment 7 In the legislation it was also given the role of promoting the country s image to an international audience 6 The head of the Yonhap agency is usually affiliated with the government which critics say harms press freedom and influences news gathering However it is government affiliation rather than press laws which are supportive of press freedom which is said to be the cause of any limitations 8 though the agency does criticise the government 9 Plaque at foot of Yonhap Journalist statue 2014Journalists EditYonhap employs about 600 reporters It has some 60 correspondents in 26 countries 6 Yonhap is one of few Korean news organizations with a section specialized in North Korea reports In 1998 Yonhap acquired from the National Intelligence Service a news wire service monitoring North Korean media and analyzing North Korea related information Yonhap incorporated the firm and its staff into the newsroom creating a special division often referred to as the N K news desk to improve its reporting on North Korea In January 2009 two reporters from the N K news desk disclosed that Kim Jong un had been chosen as heir apparent to North Korea s longtime leader Kim Jong il Later in 2010 the reporters won the grand journalism award for the exclusive story from the Korean Journalist Association It was the first time in nine years that the association had awarded the prize 10 The Cho Gye chang award EditThe Korean Journalist Association in 2010 established the Cho Gye chang Journalism Award for achievement in international news reporting to commemorate Cho Gye chang the former Yonhap correspondent in Shenyang China 11 Cho was killed in a car crash in December 2008 on the way back after having conducted an interview with a Korean Chinese academic He was assigned to Shenyang in 2006 as the first South Korean correspondent in the northern Chinese city Cho was widely admired as an ardent news writer who focused on North Korean affairs and Korean Chinese communities On the first anniversary of his demise Korean Chinese organizations and local journalists paid tribute to him as a truly hardworking reporter with great professionalism 12 Mr Cho s death marked the first time that Yonhap had lost a reporter on an international assignment See also EditKorean Central News Agency North Korean equivalent Communications in South Korea List of Korea related topics Media of South KoreaReferences Edit a b c d Hoare James E Pares Susan 2005 A Political and Economic Dictionary of East Asia series Political and Economic Dictionaries 1st ed London Routledge Taylor and Francis Group p 348 ISBN 978 1857432589 a b Hoare James E 2012 Historical Dictionary of Democratic People s Republic of Korea series Historical Dictionaries of Asia Oceania and the Middle East United Kingdom Scarecrow Press Rowman amp Littlefield Publishing Group p 271 ISBN 978 0810861510 a b Hoare James E 2015 Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Korea series Historical Dictionaries of Asia Oceania and the Middle East 3rd ed United Kingdom Rownman amp Littlefield pp 337 338 ISBN 978 0810849495 U S Library of Congress Federal Research Division 1992 Matles Savada Andrea Shaw William eds South Korea A Country Study Area Handbook series 4th ed United States Library of Congress p 249 ISBN 978 0844407364 Park No hwang January 2016 Discontinuance of Publication PDF Vantage Point Developments in North Korea Yonhap News Agency 39 1 I Archived PDF from the original on 19 November 2017 Retrieved 18 November 2017 a b c d About Us Seoul Yonhap News Agency 2009 a b Shrivastava K M 2007 News Agencies from Pigeon to Internet Elgin IL Sterling Publishers ISBN 978 1 932705 67 6 Sin T Shin D C Rutkowski C P Pak C 2003 The Quality of Life in Korea Comparative and Dynamic Perspectives London Kluwer ISBN 978 1 4020 0947 1 See e g 2nd LD S Korean lawmakers heap criticism on government s reversal in airstrip row Yonhap January 12 2009 미디어오늘 9년만의 한국기자상 대상 연합뉴스 최선영 장용훈 기자 mediatoday co kr Retrieved 6 February 2012 Cho Gye chang Journalism Award www journalist or kr in Korean Retrieved 5 May 2018 조계창 특파원 정말 부지런했던 기자 Yonhap Retrieved February 17 2012 External links Edit Media related to Yonhap News Agency at Wikimedia Commons Official website Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Yonhap News Agency amp oldid 1047209023, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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