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* Date : 2019-11-14

NOW Episode 72
Suneung 2019

Once a year in November, Korea falls silent for its students taking the suneung, the College Scholastic Ability Test in Korean. It's an 8-hour marathon of back-to-back exams, which not only dictates whether the students will go to university, but can affect their job prospects, income, and even future relationships. Since it is the culmination of 12 years of elementary, middle and high school education, it has repercussions for the whole country - on Suneung Day, banks, stock markets and government offices open one hour later than usual to ease traffic congestion so the test-takers can arrive on time. Also, airplane takeoffs and landings are halted during the English-language listening test. This year, the suneung is held on November 14. Learn more about the suneung and Koreans' views of the test.

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A Day in Hongdae After Suneung Test

With this year's suneung coming to an end, the test-takers have finished the first major academic challenge and now it's time to enjoy their well-deserved break! Hongdae, near Hongik University, after which it is named, is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Seoul among youngsters in their 10s', 20's and 30's. Synonymous with freedom, passion, youth, romance, and fun, it's a perfect place to recharge after a major accomplishment in life. Visit Hongdae and what the neighborhood has to offer to young students.

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A Look into New Media Journalism with David Bornstein

Today, we live in a world of information overload, and virtually anyone can be a journalist in the current media environment. The question is - what would be the role of the media and a reader then? NYT columnist and co-founder and CEO of Solution Journalism Network, David Bornstein, visited Korea recently to answer that question at the Gyeonggi New Media Festival. He claims that solution journalism can be a breakthrough to overcome the limit of the media and that media literacy is the most important ability that readers should have in the current age of new media. Delve deeper into today's journalism with David Bornstein.

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