Ethical journalism

Bryan Byong-Kuon Kim knows the critical importance of ethics in journalism. He feels it in his bones.

A Korean immigrant, whose family has witnessed, first-hand, the devastating effects of unethical reporting, he is increasingly troubled by the challenges worldwide media outlets are facing today.

"While the Internet is flooded with plenty of unwanted, untruthful and misleading information - so called 'Fake News' - the traditionally well-respected print media, which has been the most valuable guardian of democracy and human rights, has ever been suffering, fast losing its readership," Kim said.

"I happen to believe the given circumstances call for the need for developing the next generation of media leaders who will address this (as) one of the world’s most pressing challenges."

Bryan Byong-Kuon Kim

Bryan Byong-Kuon Kim and his wife.

Motivated by his family's experience in Korea and his personal conviction that ethical reporting is essential to a functioning democracy, Kim donated to the Faculty of Information and Media Studies to establish the Haak Saan Responsible Journalism Scholarship. The award is given annually to two students in the Master of Media in Journalism & Communication who demonstrate academic achievement, high integrity and a strong commitment to responsible journalism in their work.

The scholarship was established in loving memory of Kim’s parents in order to promote and enhance social justice, peace and harmony by encouraging "highly responsible journalism," he explained.

Above all, Kim hopes to encourage future journalists to keep this ethical responsibility to the public at the forefront in their work.

"I happen to believe the given circumstances call for the need for developing the next generation of media leaders who will address this (as) one of the world’s most pressing challenges."