Foreign-language newspaper guild marks 9th anniversary

Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Yu In-chon, first row fifth from left, and Choi Jin-young, first row fourth from left, chairman of the Foreign Language Newspapers Association of Korea (FNA), pose with envoys to Korea and employees of member newspapers who won prizes at  the FNA's ninth anniversary event at the Korea Press Center in Seoul, Tuesday. Winners of this year's awards are Paul Kerry of The Korea Herald, front row left; Kim Jee-hee of The Korea JoongAng Daily, front row third from left; Kim Bo-eun, front row fifth from right, Park Ji-won, front row fourth from right, Lee Jong-eun, front row third from right, and Shim Hyun-chul, second row right, of The Korea Times; and Cui Jinning of The Aju Daily, front row second from right. Korea Times photo by Kim Ji-hoon

The Foreign Language Newspapers Association of Korea (FNA) celebrated its ninth anniversary, Tuesday, recognizing contributors who have promoted information about Korea in various languages.

The FNA was established in July 2015 to seek cooperation for the development of domestic foreign language newspapers published daily. Its members include The Korea Times, The Korea JoongAng Daily, The Korea Herald and The Aju Daily, a Chinese edition of Aju Business Daily.

To commemorate the anniversary, a ceremony was held at the Korea Press Center, featuring distinguished guests including Culture Minister Yu In-chon and American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) chairperson James Kim.

FNA Chairman Choi Jin-young, who also serves as CEO and publisher of Herald Corp., emphasized that foreign-language newspapers have become 커뮤니티 more important than ever as more global readers are interested in Korea and Korean companies are strengthening their overseas expansion.

“Leading an association in a fiercely competitive and challenging business environment is a very big responsibility. In particular, the increasing use of AI is also multiplying the difficulties in producing high-quality, fact-based news content,” the chairman said.

“However, the role and influence of global media are also growing more than ever. Our association will continue the process of reducing the information gap and connecting Korea and the world.”

He urged the association members to strengthen cooperation among themselves so as to seek new opportunities and provide quality information about Korea to readers.

“I believe that our member companies can create new opportunities through closer cooperation. We will use our collective intelligence to find ways to reach readers beyond the borders of Korea, while also promoting exchanges and cooperation with media outlets representing countries around the world,” Choi said.

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