In Jeong Kim

In Jeong Kim

Class of 2022

Injeong Kim has worked as an investigative journalist and filmmaker for the public broadcasting station, Gwangju MBC in South Korea for the past decade.

Her field of expertise is social movements. Injeong’s family had a direct experience of the Gwangju Uprising of 1980 – an event characterized by violence and injustice which would prove a pivotal point for the future democracy of South Korea. Therefore, she feels it is her calling to search for the truth, in honor of those who died during this uprising.

She co-directed two documentaries, named ‘His Name Is…’ and ‘Candle Light Movement’ about social movements and democracy. The first documented the above-mentioned uprising and the injustice thereof, and the second showed the peaceful candlelight protests that led to the impeachment of Park Guen Hye, illustrating how the Korean public had embraced peaceful and democratic solutions to their political struggles.

She is also an editorial board member of the photography magazine, VOSTOK. Furthermore, she has written for The Nation, The Hankyoreh 21, Esquire Magazine, and more.

She is currently in the Documentary track at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

EDUCATION

  • Yonsei University, English literature, B.A

EMPLOYERS

  • Gwangju MBC, Staff Reporter (2010-Present)

  • VOSTOK Magazine, Editorial Board Member (2016-Present)

  • Research Assistant, Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley

AWARDS & HONORS

  • Foreign Press Correspondents Association in the USA, 2020 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEE

    Amnesty International South Korea, Amnesty International Media Award for  Investigative Reporting

    Korean Broadcasters Association, Korea Broadcasting Grand Awards for Investigative Reporting

    Commendation for Reporting about Gwangju Uprising, Gwangju Metropolitan City Hall

    Korea Broadcasting Journalist Association, Korea Broadcasting Journalist Award of the Month

    Gwangju Jeonnam Citizens' Coalition for Democratic Media, Grand Prize 2017 for Documentary

    THE MAY 18 MEMORIAL FOUNDATION and  Gwangju Jeonnam Journalist Association, 5.18 Press Award for Documentary

    Korea Broadcasting Journalist Association, Korea Broadcasting Journalist Award of the Month for Documentary

    National Union of Media workers MBC, Special Award for Korean Candlelight Movement Documentary

    Gwangju Jeonnam Journalist Association, Grand Prize of the Year for Exclusive Investigative News

    Korea Broadcasting Journalist Association, Korea Broadcasting Journalist of the Month

    Korea Broadcasting Journalist Association, Korea Broadcasting Journalist Award of the Month

    Gwangju Jeonnam Journalists Association, Grand Prize of the Year for Exclusive Investigative News

    Siloam People Corporation, Disabled Rights Prize in Human Rights Awards for Investigative News

    Korea Best Journalist Award of the Month, Journalists Association of Korea,

    Special Award for Broadcasting Journalist of the Month, Korea Broadcasting Journalist Association

PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK

  • The Nation, 2 Days in May That Shattered Korean Democracy, https://www.thenation.com/article/world/two-days-in-may-that-shattered-korean-democracy/

REPORTING INTERESTS

Social Movement