One virus has changed the lives of people all around the world. The media, both local and global, are investigating and writing articles on the same subject. 2020 is a year to remain in the history of media.
The core theme of the Fourth SisaIN Journalism Conference (SJC 2020), held on the thirteenth anniversary of 〈SisaIN〉, is also ‘Pandemic.’ What role has the media played in such an unprecedented crisis of global health? Why couldn't the Korean media become an object of trust? What can we do to foster better and stronger journalism practices dealing with COVID-19, science, medicine, quarantine, and public health—and how? The SisaIN Journalism Conference raises these questions to the media and all of us beyond it.
We all have experienced fear caused by a single virus threatening global health and disrupting the global economic ecosystem. The fear is still alive and well.
Meanwhile, media outlets across the globe face another challenge. Their competitive advantages and disadvantages have been made bare while covering and reporting on the same issue: the Pandemic.
Some media outlets were committed just to delivering real-time issues in a form of images or videos while others added more depth to their reporting. In the meantime, there were also outlets that were off the track or even failed to deliver facts. Not only that, such outlets even spread rumors and stirred up useless controversies.
“Are the press a mirror reflecting the society or a lamp that sheds light on the future?”
This is one of the long-lasting questions in media studies that came to my mind while experiencing and witnessing the so-called “Corona Journalism”. Sisa In would like to spend some time with experts to reflect on what the press should cover and how to report as they navigate the Pandemic era while revisiting suggested answers to that question.
Reporter Carl Zimmer from the New York Times, a world-renowned science writer, will join us as Presenter, and Lee, Hyeok-Min and Lee, So-Eun as Panelists, who have dedicated themselves to examining and delivering Corona Journalism with Reporter Byeon, Jin-Kyeong and Kim, Yeon-Hee from Sisa In.
How to respond to the Pandemic was the game-changer in the U.S. Presidential Election this year.Likewise, the Pandemic response could serve as a criterion to decide the level of public confidence in the press.
Allow us to invite all distinguished journalists, pre-journalists, and students and teachers who are interested in media literacy as well as our respected subscribers and viewers to the debate.
In conclusion, I personally and sincerely hope that we would no longer have to hold SJC under the theme of the Pandemic next year.
November 2020LEE, Sook-Yi CEO of Sisa IN
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Opening Remarks LEE, Sook-Yi CEO of 〈SisaIN〉Congratulatory Address Pyo, Wan-Soo Chairman of Korea Press Foundation
Science Journalist of NYT
Carl Zimmer is a writer representing science journalism. He won three times "Science Journalism Awards" from American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a winner of 'Stephen Jay Gould Prize' in 2016 and 2019 National Academies Communication Award. He has written 13 science books, including 〈A Planet of Viruses〉 and 〈Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature’s Most Dangerous Creatures〉 In COVID-19 pandemic, he is one of the writers leading science reporting of the New York Times. He has been writing stories which connect the public with the knowledge from science. His stories are helping people across the world to get through the pandemic intellectually beyond the United States. Representative Stories about COVID-19: Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker, The Coronavirus Unveiled most recent book “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity” Article : - Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker - The Coronavirus Unveiled
Professor of Laboratory medicine, Severance Hospital
Professor Hyeok-min Lee is an expert in the field of infectious disease diagnosis. He graduated from Yonsei University in 1996, received a M.D. in diagnostic laboratory medicine in 2001, and a Ph.D in 2008. In 2004, Professor Lee’s first public health project was the national antibiotic resistance monitoring project led by his teacher Kyeong-won Lee, a key authority in the field of antibiotic resistance and Professor Emeritus of Yonsei University. Since 2016, he has served as the director of infection control at the Korean Society of Diagnostic Laboratory Medicine, and has helped establish a diagnostic test system for new infectious diseases such as Zika and Ebola together with the Infectious Disease Analysis Center of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since the COVID-19 epidemic, he has served as a bridge between the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the medical community as a team leader for the COVID-19 TF of the Korean Society for Diagnostic Laboratory Medicine.
Senior Researcher Korea Press Foundation
So-Eun Lee is a Senior Researcher at Korea Press Foundation, where she has joined several projects regarding the COVID-19 and journalism. Her work focuses on understanding the changes in communication, society, and the media in association with digital technologies, based on user analysis as well as media theories.
Director of Investigative News Planning
Since 2008, Jin-Kyung Byun has been working as a reporter for 〈Sisa IN〉. Byun has traditionally covered issues such as education inequality, youth poverty, and children's rights. After COVID-19, however, Byun began to open his eyes to infectious diseases, health, and medical fields. She is leading the TF for COVID-19 reporting in 〈Sisa-IN〉. Byun writes articles highlighting sustainable quarantine strategies, as well as articles emphasizing importance of public health, medical resources, solidarity and cooperation in the age of pandemic. In particular, Byun is very interested in observing and articulating the specific ways in which global disasters are changing the lives of individuals. Her books include 〈Youth "Dirt Rice" Report〉 and 〈Thinly, Lengthily, and Cheerfully: How to live the era of infectious diseases〉 (co-authored).
MC : Kim Yeon-Hee Journalist of 〈SISAIN〉Lee, Hyuk-Min Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Severance HospitalLee, So-Eun Senior Researcher of Korea Press Foundation Byun, Jin-Kyung Director of Investigative News Planning