New Focus International (NFI) is a uniquely authentic news platform. We translate and publish original news reporting that relies on North Korean insights and sources, thematic analysis conducted with a sensitivity to North Korean realities, and features that provide authentic portrayals of life within the DPRK.
We are the only media organization editorially led and informed by North Korean refugees from all levels of society, with reliable contacts in the Sino-DPRK border regions, and among North Koreans in the diplomatic and business sectors.
Launched one year ago, we have no political affiliation and have been self-funding from the start. Our stated aim is to provide authentic coverage of North Korea, which has no free press, no freedom of speech, and no access to international communications.
We believe that understanding North Korea is a crucial step in preparing for North Korea’s future.
Jang Jin-sung is founder and director.
As former UFD official, poet laureate and annalist under North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, Jang has unparalleled insights into the workings of the DPRK regime. He is well-respected by the refugee community in South Korea, and maintains relationships with high-level North Korean informants in China and within North Korea. His memoir, Dear Leader, will be published by Random House in early 2014.
Shirley Lee is international editor.
Lee launched the English-language service of New Focus in August 2012, when it was well-known in Korea but not yet to the outside world. Trained as a Classicist and Persianist, Lee is the translator and editor of Jang’s memoir. She is also working on a book of non-fiction about North Korea in the context of media and the arts.
Peter Ward is assistant editor.
Ward is a student of Korean history, research assistant to Andrei Lankov, and North Korean studies specialist residing in Seoul. He has a keen interest in North Korean refugee testimony, as well as the socio-economic realities of present day North Korea.
Sinae Hong and Sharon Kim provide translation assistance and Kenny Vaughan helps with business administration.
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