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2017-11-12 Reporters are noticing TNKR again…

TNKR doesn’t have a media list, we don’t reach out to media, and our communications “team” is made up of volunteers helping out in their free time.

Despite that, media stumbles upon us sometimes and does stories. They don’t always mention TNKR in their stories and sometimes they just mention us in passing. As I recall, the interviews this week were with reporters from Sweden, Yonhap, the UK, USA.

I suspected that Trump’s visit to South Korea was part of the reason that reporters happened to find us, but only one was in town for Trump.

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2017-11-10 TNKR staff changes

I’ve heard from volunteers that one of the great things about volunteering with TNKR is that they can take up leadership roles, and they can do so in English.

Staff changes within the last week:

Janice Kim has taken over as Manager of Track 1. Eunkoo Lee and I have developed it over the years, making sure that it offered refugees a maximum amount of autonomy to make decisions while also making it as flexible as possible for volunteers. Janice has shown that she understands our approach and that she also ideas how to expand and implement this. She’s been a monthly donor to TNKR and organized our team at the recent KOTESOL conference. She will be speaking at tomorrow’s Open House.

 

 

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2017-10-12 A Face Made for Radio, on TV again

Yes, I was back in a recording studio. Isn’t there anyone who can stop this madness?

TNKR Special Ambassador and I had a great conversation. I am used to giving my opinions, so interviewing is both easy (listen, then ask) and difficult (I have a lot to say, but must make sure others have a chance to talk). Read more

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2017-09-27 Pre-Interview

I am amazed that media can find TNKR. We don’t have a communications team, we don’t have a main person connecting with media. We don’t have a media list. I can’t remember the last time that we tried to connect with media.

Somehow, despite all of our activities, media finds us sometimes. And then, despite all of the juicy stories around the world about death, destructions, accidents, scandals, etc., the media still reports on TNKR sometimes.

Today I had an pre-interview with a pair of reporters. By the way, after they finished listening to me talk non-stop about TNKR, they decided there may be a story worth reporting.

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2017-08-18 ABC Interview with Eunhee Park

ABC News based in another country stopped by TNKR to do some interviews. They started off by focusing on North Korea, but after they learned more about Eunhee and TNKR, they shifted their questioning away from Kim Jong-Un, and instead about Eunhee and the wonderful things happening at TNKR.

PART 1: Interview with Eunhee

 

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2017-08-14 Ken interview with international media

TNKR special ambassador Ken Eom was interviewed by another international reporter for a TV interview. Yesterday he was part of a panel on Al Jazeera.

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2017-08-02 TNKR on “Heart to Heart”

TNKR co-directors Eunkoo and Casey Lartigue were interviewed for an upcoming episode of Arirang TV’s “Heart to Heart.” Stay tuned, the show should be posted in about 2 weeks.

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2017-07-19 Something is going on…

  • Many refugees have been applying for TNKR.
  • Major media (CNN, the Guardian) are finding me again.
  • Volunteers are contacting us, asking how they can help.

Something is going on…

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Several meetings today in three different locations across Seoul.

I started the day participating in a Roundtable discussion at the Korea Times office near Seoul Station.

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I then was interviewed by the Guardian. I usually like to do such interviews while I am sitting at my desk. But in this case, I did the interview in a taxi on the way to our shared office with Save NK. 

My quote has been featured by EuroNews.

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2017-06-27 Overpopulation at TNKR

  • If TNKR were the Earth, then environmentalists would condemn us as being overpopulated. It finally happened that we had too many volunteers in the office at one time, so not everyone could get a seat.
  • People often ask us what we would do if we had more money. One thing: Get a bigger office! We have a number of volunteers who want to work at our office, many tutors and refugees want to study at our office. But we lack the capacity.
  • We were squeezed out of the big room because Eunhee Park was getting interviewed.
  • Sometimes I feel like I’m in a bar, because it seems that I am the only person in the office who knows how to whisper. It needs to become the TNKR library, because we need to keep it quiet for study pairs and occasional interviews.

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2017-06-19 TNKR featured in Neon Magazine (Germany)

Jun Michael Park posted on Facebook: SEOULMATES, NEON Magazine, 07/17.

A story on how the NGO (TNKR) Teach North Korean Refugees is teaching English to North Korean refugees and enabling them to reach higher and achieve more. cc: Sharon Jang Casey Lartigue Jr. Eunkoo Lee
Text: Jurek Skrobala
Photos: Jun Michael Park
Special thanks to Amélie Schneider and Frauke Schnoor.