The 2020 Columbia-Nikkei journalism scholarship awarded to former Korea Herald reporter Bo-gyung Kim | Columbia Journalism School

The 2020 Columbia-Nikkei journalism scholarship awarded to former Korea Herald reporter Bo-gyung Kim

Columbia Journalism School and Nikkei, Inc. have named Bo-gyung Kim as the 2020-21 Nikkei Scholar. The $100,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an exceptional journalism school candidate who is a resident of Asia and plans to specialize in data or business reporting. Nikkei Inc. is the parent company of the Financial Times and the publisher of Nikkei and Nikkei Asia.

“I am so honored and thankful for the opportunity Nikkei has given me to study at the Columbia Journalism School,” said Kim, ‘21 M.S. Data. “I am keen on telling stories using data and contextualizing numbers with human stories. The M.S. Data Journalism program and the Journalism School offer just that and beyond. I’m grateful to Nikkei for providing amazing opportunities to reporters in Asia to hone the basics of journalism and expand their horizons at the Columbia Journalism School.”

Kim, 29, is a 2015 graduate of Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, where she received a B.A. in Economics. She was born in Athens, Greece, and raised in South Korea, Singapore, the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining Korea’s leading English-language newspaper, The Korea Herald, in July of 2016, Kim worked as a primetime news weathercaster for Arirang TV, a Seoul-based international English-language network. 

As a beat reporter she has covered automobile, steel and energy industries; the National Assembly; the Ministry of Employment and Labor; and the diplomatic community in Seoul. After graduation, she plans to report stories at the intersection of everyday life and economics.

The Columbia-Nikkei Scholarship was established in 2017 to fund exemplary candidates who wish to specialize in data and business journalism. Students who are residents of Asia with an interest in the M.S. Data Journalism or M.A. Business and Economics concentration will be considered for the Columbia-Nikkei Scholarship.

The application deadline for the Data Journalism degree is December 15, 2020 and January 6, 2021 for the Master of Arts degree.

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About Nikkei
Nikkei is a world-renowned media brand for Asian news, respected for quality journalism and for being a trusted provider of business news and information. Founded as a market news provider in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown into one of the world’s largest media corporations, with 36 foreign editorial bureaus and approximately 1,500 journalists worldwide. Nikkei acquired the Financial Times in 2015.

About Columbia Journalism School
For more than a century, the school has been preparing journalists in programs that stress academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened its doors in 1912. It offers a Master of Science, Master of Arts, a joint Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Journalism, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications. It houses the Columbia Journalism Review, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. In addition to the Pulitzer Prizes, the school administers many of the leading journalism awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, the John Chancellor Award, the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, the Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, and the Mike Berger Award.