Project Daily NK: Amplify the North Korea Info Flow

Acclaimed online periodical with citizen reporters inside North Korea seeking international support/funding to upgrade its website and protect it from hackers.
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Daily NK
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Seoul
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** Exclusive media from inside North Korea will be posted in weekly updates along with messages to our backers from our staff.    

SINCE 2004, DAILY NK'S UNDERCOVER CITIZEN JOURNALISTS INSIDE NORTH KOREA HAVE REPORTED TIMELY AND ACCURATE NEWS TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD.

TOGETHER, THEY WORK WITH DAILY NK STAFF IN SOUTH KOREA TO SAFEGUARD THE FREE FLOW OF INFORMATION. 

NORTH KOREA'S INFORMATION BLOCKADE WILL END.

WE WANT TO BE THERE TO DELIVER NEWS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY POSSIBLE - 

AND WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

OUR GOAL: 

Responsive Web Design

Hardly a story about North Korea appears in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, or The Washington Post that hasn’t either originated in, or been confirmed by, outlets like the Daily NK.

- “North Korea’s Digital Underground,” The Atlantic Magazine

Thanks to The Daily NK and the other services, it is also possible now for outsiders to read a dizzying array of ‘heard-in-North Korea’ reports, many on topics off limits for public discussion in the North.

- “Nimble Agencies Sneak News Outside North Korea,” The New York Times

Defector-led news sources, such as the Seoul-based Daily NK, amplify the information flow. They have built up contacts with clandestine sources inside North Korea, who use illegal mobile phones to provide news ranging from gossip about Mr. Kim’s new wife to evidence of galloping inflation and currency turmoil.

- “North Korea: Rumblings from below,” The Economist  

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Daily NK, an acclaimed civil society-based online periodical headquartered in Seoul responsible for breaking major news stories from inside North Korea, is raising funds on Indiegogo towards reconfiguring its website with RWD (Responsive Web Design). The goal: to deliver news-- translated in Korean, Japanese, English, and Chinese -- more effectively across different platforms -- desktop, notebook, tablet, and mobile -- to our growing international audience.

Founded in 2004, Daily NK's staff includes South Korean democracy activists, North Korean defectors, and international researchers. Regularly cited by major international media -- such as The New York Times, China Daily, and the BBC -- the website is also a frequent target for cyber attacks perpetrated by hackers in China and North Korea. Site redesign will also include security upgrades to safeguard the free flow of information.

A new 20-page e-booklet -- Daily NK: Sounding Change in North Korea -- containing information about the people, history, and funding behind Daily NK is available via digital download.

Funds raised that exceed our goal will go towards better equipment to gather and transfer news from inside North Korea to the outside world. 

Newsroom

DAILY NK NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • December, 2004: Launched Korean and English sites
  • January, 2005: Began publishing regular column by Hwang Jang Yop, the former International Secretary of the North Korea Worker’s Party, birthfather of the Juche ideology, and still the highest-ranking North Korean ever to defect
  • March, 2005: Broke news on found footage of a public execution in North Korea, which became the first-ever confirmation of a public execution in North Korea and was shown during a session convened by the UN Human Rights Council
  • May, 2006: Broke news on found footage of another public execution in North Korea, this time in Haeju
  • January, 2007: Launched Chinese and Japanese sites

(Below is a screenshot from the cyber attack on Daily NK that occurred during a period of heightened hostilities on the Korean Peninsula -- March, 2013 -- and was ultimately traced to Pyongyang)

Hack Attack!

 

  • November, 2009: Broke news of North Korea’s currency redenomination and its aftermath. Major news sources –– including the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN –– credited Daily NK with the scoop, and South Korea’s CIA-equivalent, the NIS (National Intelligence Service), routinely contacted the Daily NK news office requesting information
  • December, 2009: Published North Korea’s New Year’s Statement a day in advance of publication by KCNA (North Korea’s official news agency) after obtaining it from an exclusive source
  • October, 2010: Reported exclusively on the funeral of Hwang Jang Yop and his internment in an area of Daejeon National Cemetery reserved for persons who have made an extraordinary contribution to South Korean society
  • May, 2010: Conducted seminar in Tokyo on North Korea strategy surrounding the Cheonan sinking
  • July, 2011: Published a series of exclusive interviews in a book, NK People Speak, available for free via digital download. Months earlier, Daily NK staff went to the Sino-North Korean border to research the situation there and meet North Korean people. The team did not meet defectors, they met ordinary people: factory workers, traders and even Chosun Workers' Party members. The resulting text was acclaimed by many leading international think tanks, such as the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), and inspired a significant spike in web traffic. A softback version was also published in Korean
  • September, 2011: Established news sharing partnership with Bloomberg
  • July, 2012: Broke news of the ‘6.28 Policy’ focusing on North Korean economic reforms ordered by the Kim Jong Eun regime. Released approximately 20 stories over 45 days outlining the basic tenets of the policy, which focused on agricultural reform but did not address North Korea’s fundamental economic problems
  • January, 2013: Published report, North Korea in 2012, in Korean and English that catalogued information from sources inside North Korea and special correspondents based across the Sino-North Korean border in China. The report tracked events taking place inside the country at the grassroots and administrative-levels following the death of Kim Jong II
  • March, 2013: Released never-before-seen video of the North Korean market and kotchebi, North Korean homeless street children

 

OUR LEADERSHIP:

Chief Editor Shin (right) interviews with Al Jazeera. Read an in-depth Q&A about his journey from rural activist to capital city news commentator in our e-booklet downloadable HERE.  

Interviewing with Al Jazeera

President Park Inho (left). Read an in-depth Q&A about his transformaiton from muffled voice to influential spokesperson in our e-booklet downloadable HERE. 

President Park Inho @ Daily NK

 

OUR CIVIC INTERNS:

Civic Interns

Hailing from across the globe (New Zealand, USA, South Korea, Germany, etc.), Daily NK's inaugural class of Civic Interns is dedicated to promoting the free flow of information and civil society on the Korean Peninsula. 

OUR GIFTS:

The Bracelet, handmade by one of Daily NK's Civic Interns:

(Read more about our Civic Interns in the Image Gallery!)

Civic Intern Bracelet

The Caricature, handmade on Wacom by Daily NK's cartoonist: 

Please send a photo of yourself (or a friend, loved one) to caricature. If you have an idea of what you'd like to see, let us know (but please keep it PG). Our cartoonist can also scribble a Kim Jong Eun if you'd prefer. Examples of his Daily NK cartoons are posted below and a portfolio is available here

 

The Propagandist

 

  The Cartoonist

 

 Grandpa Would Have Been Proud

 

Grandpa Would Have Been Proud
 

Daydreaming of a Better Place

 

Daydreaming of a Better Place

 

 The North Korean House of Mirrors

 

  The reason why it is possible to think in such diverging terms about North Korea and its young leader is simple: because the country is led by some of the finest minds in modern propaganda. The builders, then, of the ‘North Korean House of Mirrors.’

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The Indiegogo Team

Chris Green - Manager of International Affairs

 

Chris Green is presently the Manager of International Affairs at Daily NK (www.dailynk.com), co-editor at Sino-NK (www.sinonk.com), and a doctoral candidate at the University of Cambridge. 

 

Jeong Ah Yang - Director of Business Affairs 

Jeong Ah Yang is the Director of Business Affairs at Daily NK. Her past positions include Ministry of Foreign Affairs Correspondent and Korean News Editor before transitioning to her new role. Her fields of interest include women's rights, North Korean human rights, and independent journalism. 

 

 Gregory Pence - Director of Development

 Greg Pence

Greg Pence graduated from Darmouth College with a degree in Government and studied Korean nationalism as a Fulbright researcher from 2010-2011. The following year, he directed a successful Kickstarter campaign towards executing a series of high-profile exhibitions for a North Korean pop artist in the U.S. His passion is cartooning, and he's grateful to the Daily NK for publishing his toons since their first meeting.

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Frequently Asked Questions

For FAQs, please review our comprehensive media kit -- Daily NK: Sounding Change in North Korea -- with more information about our organization. The 20-page e-booklet covers a variety of topics -- including staff profiles, site analytics, and operations funding -- in order to foster greater transparency with the general public.   

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"뉴욕타임스, 월스트리트저널 또는 워싱턴포스트가 다루는 북한 관련 뉴스들의 대부분은 데일리NK같은 매체들에 의해서 애초에 밝혀진 것들이다."

“북한의 물 밑 정보들 디지털화되어 공개” - 아틀란틱 매거진

"데일리NK와 같은 매체로 인해 외부의 사람들도 북한 내부에서 조차 논의가 금지된 내밀한 소식들을 알 수 있게 되었다."  

“한국의 언론 단체들 북한 내부정보를 외부로 유출” - 뉴욕타임스  

"데일리NK와 같은 뉴스 매체들이 정보의 흐름을 확장시키고 있다. 그들은 북한 내 소식통을 통해 정보를 전달 받는데, 중국산 휴대전화를 이용해 지도자의 새로운 부인에 대한 가십거리에서부터 북한의 화폐개혁과 실패에 따른 영향까지 다양한 소식들을 내보낸다."  

“북한: 드러나지 않았던 내밀한 소식들 점차 수면 위로” - 이코노미스트

데일리NK는 북한 내부의 주요 소식들을 전하는 인터넷 신문사로 서울에 본사를 두고 있습니다. 2004년 창간된 데일리NK는 북한의 민주화에 관심을 갖고 있는 기자, 탈북자 및 북한 전문가들로 구성되어 있습니다. 데일리NK는 뉴욕타임스(The New York Times), 중국데일리(China Daily), 영국의 BBC 등 해외의 언론사들에 의해 자주 인용되어 왔습니다.

이번 Indiegogo(인디고고) 캠페인의 목적은, 독자들이 데일리NK 기사에 더욱 손쉽게 접근할 수 있도록 RWD (반응형 웹 디자인) 웹사이트를 재구축하기 위한 기금마련에 있습니다. 이 기금이 달성된다면, 한국어뿐 아니라 영어, 중국어, 일어로 번역되는 데일리NK의 기사들이 개인용 PC, 노트북, 태블릿 PC, 스마트폰 등의 다양한 플랫폼을 통해 국제사회의 독자들에게 더 효과적으로 전달될 수 있을 것입니다. 또한 북한 해커들의 공격에 대항하기 위한 안전 문제도 향상될 것으로 기대합니다.  

데일리NK에 대한 더 많은 정보를 원하시면 아래 링크를 클릭해 보세요. 데일리NK 스태프, 연혁, 운영 형태에 관한 이야기가 소개되어 있는 “데일리NK: 북한 내부 변화의 조력자”라는 제목의 홍보 자료를 제공해드립니다.

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    CONTACT

    Our eternal gratitude and periodic e-newsletter with exclusive news from our citizen journalists inside North Korea.

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    "OFFICE VISIT" BUNDLE

    Name printed on a roster to be hung in the Daily NK office; PDF copy of our e-booklet, DAILY NK: SOUNDING CHANGE IN NORTH KOREA; and periodic e-newsletter with exclusive news from our citizen journalists inside North Korea.

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    "OFFICE VISIT" BUNDLE + 3.5 x 5 glossy photo of the Daily NK newsroom + voice-mail message of thanks from a Daily NK staffer. (Add $5 for international mailing)

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    "OFFICE VISIT" bundle + 5 x 7 glossy photo of the Daily NK office signed by staffers + voice-mail message of thanks from a Daily NK staffer. (Add $10 for international shipping)

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    "OPINION-EDITORIAL" BUNDLE + crochet bracelet handmade by our Civic Intern. (Add $10 for international shipping)

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    "SPECIAL TO DAILY NK" BUNDLE + Black and white jpeg caricature drawn by Daily NK's staff cartoonist. (Add $10 for international shipping)

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    "SPECIAL TO DAILY NK" BUNDLE + color, printed caricature drawn and signed by Daily NK's staff cartoonist. (Add $10 for international shipping)

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    "SENIOR STAFF" BUNDLE + 5-minute Skype/phone conversation with a staff journalists of your choosing (North Korea defector reporter, democracy activist, or international researcher) ** Please note North Korea defector reporters cannot speak via Skype webcam. Voice only. Daily NK will provide a translator. (Add $10 for international shipping)

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    "SHOOTING STAR" BUNDLE + Stamped official certificate of appreciation signed by Daily NK's President Park Inho

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    "KEYS TO THE CITY" BUNDLE + exclusive interview with North Korean defector in China to be conducted concurrent with Indiegogo campaign and includes 1-2 of your personal question(s). (Add $10 for international shipping)

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