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TEDxDaejeon - Jo Ju-hyun - Beating disabilities to pioneer grassroots journalism

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I feel uncomfortable being applauded by you guys. When I came here I almost lost my nerves. I can see so many foreigners and many people brought iPhones and are doing something with it. (Laughter) I am still using a Motorola from 2004. Earlier speakers have mentioned globalisation and social networks, but I would like to talk... about a slightly boring story about OK-Chun near Daejeon. This very hansom charming boy is me. The picture was taken when I was 8 years old. The reasons I show this picture is that my mother was so wise. Sitting on my left in black is the superintendent of my dormitory. When I was 8 years old I was left at rehab all alone. The Rehab center was kind of like a POW camp. I learned how to do my own laundry and cook by my self at that age. I also learnt many challenges here because of the good judgement of my mother I had to stay there. because of the good judgement of my mother I had to stay there. Perhaps I don't really look like the kind of person who overcame any limits and really, I never thought that I was unfortunate because I don't have legs. Just a but uncomfortable sometimes. I think that this obstacle was not an issue I had to overcome but a kind of endless chain of misfortunes which brought me here. So far, I'm talking about my poor legs but my body conditions are also not great. I was born with a congenital deformity so I lack some organs like my gall bladder and they can not be replaced. I can still live like a normal person but my disease is a pain. Anyway, there is no real relation with my legs, and this story so lets move on. Chungcheongbuk-do Ok-Chun is located nearby Daejeon. Let me introduce OK-Chun. As you guys know the Seoul world cup stadium has a capacity of around 64,000 but OK-Chun has a capacity of just 52,000-53,000, even with a local Governor I used to work at the local news paper. The picture on the left side is OK-Chun's firs news paper issue from about 21 years ago. 21 years ago I said, "I am going to make a newspaper." Many people told me I was crazy but the Hankyorah and Hong Sung was founded in the same year with the 88 Olympic Games. Ok-Chun was issued the next year in 1989. At that time, It was difficult for the local newspaper to watch goverment admistration and listen to citizen's voices without missing number. On the right is a recent cover and now OK-Chun has more than 20,000 houses. OK-Chun has at least 22,000 houses of which 5000 newspapers are read We have another 1500 who read on the Internet. Basically, every fourth family has a newspaper. Since 2000 the OK Chun newspaper has become more well known. In 2000 the local self-government started to magnify the impact of local press. Local press is also known as roots press. They are running in cities of less than 100 thousand people. That kind of city publishes newspapers called local news papers. In big cities like Daejeon there is a local paper we call the Area News paper. Since 2000 the local paper was well known in the whole country and the home page has been very helpful for us. On the left side is our first homepage from June 30 in 1996. At that time we used Kornet for searching the homepage and were connected by telephone dial up. It took a long time to transmit a thumbnail picture. As I recall, in 2000 I gave a briefing in front of reporter and that day I showed that while searching on the Internet we could find articles with a kind of search. After I introduced this feature I received a standing ovation from my audience. This as almost 10 years ago, a very long time. Many people supported making a local press culture festival and Anti-Chosun activity while I wanted to introduce this guy, Oh han hung. Oh han hung was the representative of OK Chun newspaper. He has now left. This is the election page which was ran in an election report. I was so happy to meet him. He and I were on the same wavelength and we lived together and shared one garden and two houses in the same lot. I still think of it as a really strange situation. Actually, the election report was something I put on my blog. There was no poster and I dropped in to see how he is going yesterday. My candidate stopped in the street. I was also in the place and cried out for buying peanuts or fish . I did not know if he was campaigning hard or not but he used to say, 'I enjoyed the election to lead the revolution.' Oh Han Hung is the kind of person who will do anything in order to achieve his goal so I am happy to work with him. Thus the 2000 campaign was started. This is on august 15th and it was OK-Chun's declaration of Independence from Chosun newspaper. At that time we all loved the former president Noh who had a serious following on the Internet. While we were arguing about OK-Chun we began to think differently. We, let's do more practical movement. And enjoy it. So we start it by uncommon way. The left side is the Anti Chosun homepage, and that time I enjoyed making the name rather than creating the homepage. The newspaper was sensitive to water issues so we made the site at (Laughter) The meaning of this is "to ruthlessly eliminate the pro-Japanese group." Similar to the final digits in the phone number 7184. We started it not for movement, but for the pleasure. I'd like to talk about one more thing. Lets look at the 844 picture of the barber shop that put a story in the Cho-sun paper. They probably read that paper. If I found the Cho Sun paper and I reported on the homage "" then I would find a way to help our effort. They go to section A and talk with the people there and suddenly said, "I felt like the air inside was very stuffy, because of chosun.?" Actually the barber couldn't really understand me and asked, "what did you say?" He explained to me what he did. that he had never been there and he asked for some help. He jokingly said, person who read Cho Sun paper have evil minds so the person is not good at cutting hair as barbar. Some people started to write every day (Laughter) and the barber became pissed off. Finally who know but the barber explained his reasons clearly. Because of the 5 million people we know well and he said, 'if you are still reading Cho Sun paper, I am not going to talk to you.' (Laughter) (Applause) It was just for fun but it spread to the whole country and supported OK Chun. 36 areas in the country had a similar situation. Hong Sung and Nam Hae including many other places reported their activity. Professor Hwang Chul Min at Sae Jong University was making films and he selected all the situations on the homepage and made a film showing this issue. Anyway, I was one of the main characters in that film. Many people joine forces and we made a really great campaign . We dropped the "anti" name anyway. We started hoping to make a funny revolution. The left picture is our PR on the street. Nobody aided us. Each person spent their own money. The right picture is the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation who make environmentally friendly rice called OkChun Flower Rice. People make a group purchase integrating the whole country. We arranged for campaign funds and bullets and people had great fun. Maybe this meeting was only possible for a small city like OK Chun before. I said, network in English which means we know each other very well. Even the councillor Gun was in the Anti Chosun network and also the Korean Veterans Association. By the way, the scary aspect of the Anti Chosun was that we did not know who was our enemy and who was with us. (Laughter) I think we did not know and that's why we had so much fun. When this kind of power comes together, while we got more power, there were many reasons why OK Chun had the Anti Chosun campaign. There was one specific reason. Swarajist Chong Dong Ho (趙東祜, 8M 4D ,1892 ~ 9M ,11D ,1954 ) was born in the Chung San Meun part of OK Chun in Chung Cheong Buk Do. He published an independent newspaper as a provincial government paper. was born in the Chung San Meun part of OK Chun in Chung Cheong Buk Do. It boosted the independent minds of people and helped pursue and anti Japanese sentiment for 6 years by working with Ahn Chang Ho Lee Gquang So. The middle person here is a famous poet Jung Ji who wrote "Homesick." He was born in Ha Gwe Li in Ok-Chun in 1946. He wrote "Kyung Hang Newspaper" and harshly criticized the Han Min Party as the pro-Japanese group and had actively worked for a purge campaign of the traitors. He also left many critical rhetorical writings. In Korea we do not really respect the press. Since they gained power they have been used for political purposes. However, Song Gun Ho was different. Song gun ho(靑巖 宋建鎬) : 1926-2001 was also was born in Ok-chun and had many nicknames like "the father of fired reporter" and the "intelligence of people." He has left his mark on the history of the Korean press. All three of them were born in Ok-chun. As based on this historical background and resident press, Okchun newspaper collaborated in 2003 to make a Media cultural festival. The Media cultural festival is now almost done as a festival for residents, and journalists in the whole country, and grassroots newspapers. They all get together and hold an exhibition and discuss the future. New journalists stayed and learnt about the value of press, and the cultural festival had many other voluntary services. Today I will not talk about many other stories However, I worked at the OK-Chun newspaper and Anti-Chosun and the media cultural festival with happiness. Even though I live with the label of disability and that will never change. I used to say to my son, "even though you might be hungry and tired, be joyful and be passionate with your work." Thank you. (Applause)

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The TEDxDaejeon 5th Speaker, Jo Ju-hyun

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