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Hyuntaek Lee

It is my great honor to announce myself as a candidate of IRE’s board of directors. Reading the email from IRE Executive Director Diana R. Fuentes, which highlighted that it has been almost a decade since someone outside the U.S. has served on the board, encouraged me to run for this challenging position.

My name is Tag (Hyuntaek Lee), and I am a newspaper journalist from South Korea. While there are many experienced and insightful members of IRE, I am running for the board because I believe I can be a modest milestone for IRE’s internationalization.

As an educator and activist in journalism in South Korea, I have taught at Yoonseyoung Journalism School of Ewha Womans University since 2018, and 40 of my students have become journalists in the country. YJS is proud of being 100% tuition free institution, which makes students study without financial consideration. I also teach at Chosun Journalism Academy, a pro-bono institution for journalism students inside my newspaper. I am a strong advocate for local journalism in Korea, having worked to get 12 local media outlets displayed on the main pages of major web portals. This sounds weird to global colleagues but it was a meaningful result in Korean journalism context.

If elected to the IRE board, I would like to promote the participation of international journalists in IRE’s contests and training programs, particularly in Asia. Having experienced the high quality of education offered by IRE‘s Data Bootcamp for Educators, I am keen to research how to share IRE’s teaching methods and practices with international journalism education. As Sub-chairman of the Special Committee of Web Portal Strategy at Journalists Association of Korea (JAK), I have led the annual JAK World Journalists Conference this year. I would like to host invitation sessions from IRE to promote the insights and depth of reporting from IRE and its award winners to international journalism colleagues, if IRE agrees.

I believe that having an international board member from other regions, such as Africa and the Middle East, after my 2-year-term, would further promote IRE’s value to a global audience and journalism society. As a potential board member, I am committed to advancing IRE’s mission and vision, particularly in relation to internationalization and education.


Nayoon Kim, JoongAng Ilbo: It is my great pleasure to nominate Hyuntaek Lee for the esteemed position of board member at IRE. Hyuntaek, a seasoned Korean journalist, has showcased exemplary dedication and expertise throughout his 15-year career, both as a field reporter and as an educator, nurturing future journalists in the Korean media industry. I am confident that his exceptional values, dedication, and experience make him a prime candidate for the IRE Board of Directors. His leadership would undoubtedly have a positive and meaningful impact on journalism at a global level.

Jin Uk Ban, Maeil Business Newspaper: I heartily nominate Hyuntaek Lee as a candidate for the IRE Board. I met Lee at a journalist conference years ago, and today I’m lucky to count him as a colleague in the Korean media industry. He is a dedicated journalist for the benefit of the community as a reporter for one of Korea’s leading newspapers, the Chosunilbo. He has been helping J-school students sharpening reporting and writing skills, too. I especially appreciate that he is a person who conducts various activities for the development of Korean local journalism. If he becomes active in the board, I am confident that it will help improve IRE’s internationalization.

Candidate Q & A

Current position

  • The Chosunilbo, Seoul, South Korea (2017 - current)
    • Assistant Editor, Business & Technology News Desk
    • Assistant Editor, World News Desk
    • Team Leader, jobsN(job news team)
    • Staff Writer, World News Desk
    • Staff Writer, Breaking News Desk
  • Yoonseyoung Journalism School, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea (2018 – current)
    • Adjunct Lecturer, Media Writing and Media Tutoring
  • Chosun Journalism Academy, Chosunilbo Media Institute (2022 – current)
    • Lecturer
  • Journalists Association of Korea (2018 – current)
    • Sub-chairman of Special Committee on Web Portal Strategy
    • Sub-chairman of Committee on Qualification and Discipline

Prior experience

  • JoongAng Ilbo, Seoul, South Korea (2008 – 2017)
    • Staff Reporter, Business, World, National, Culture, Online, and Sunday News Desk
    • Staff Reporter, JTBC TV Station Establishment and Launching Team
  • NAVER & KAKAO News Partnership Evaluation Committee Member (2018 – 2021)
  • Google News Initiatives & Columbia Journalism School Newsroom Leadership Program Fellow (2019 – 2020)
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University (2021 – 2022)
  • News Product Alliance Summit Volunteer (2022)

IRE experience

  • Educator of Color Scholarship (Data Bootcamp) – 2022


  • Digital Journalism
  • Local Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Newsroom Leadership

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Issues I would like to address as a board member

  • Building inclusive and diverse IRE with international journalists.
  • Spreading knowledge and insights from IRE and members to international journalism students. Encouraging them to participate in IRE.
  • Establishing partnerships with various foundations and initiatives.
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