Please forward this error screen to host101. Its chief purpose is to provide our writers with clear rules regarding the usage of key terms and phrases, and to establish consistency for the sake of higher quality coverage. We acknowledge with thanks the many contributions to the update of the stylebook from our writers and copyreaders.
Many of the entries in this stylebook include Korean words and phrases that frequently appear in Yonhap’s copy. This should help resolve some of the persistent technical questions our writers encounter, and thus enable them to give readers a better grasp of our content. Spelling rules have been determined by referencing the stylebooks of other major news agencies and Webster’s New World Dictionary. Any exceptions outlined here, however, supersede the rules of other guides. This handbook has been published electronically as well as in print.
The electronic version contains the latest updates on style and word usage, and should be used to keep our writing contemporary and fresh. As the main news provider on Korean topics, Yonhap has a major responsibility to serve our clients and readers to our utmost abilities as well as appeal and attract new ones by providing unbiased, reliable, intelligent and informative, factual, honest and breaking news. Our articles need to maintain a balance by interweaving basic background information on Korea and related topics that makes it easier for our readers around the world to follow and keep themselves up-to-date with informative news that interest viewers.
By adhering to the standards expressed above, Yonhap will continue to create a quality product that well serves those interested in learning more about Korea. They must be observant, interview sources, verify the accuracy of those sources’ accounts and craft news articles based on coverage in a way that provides readers an understanding of trends and events. In addition, journalists are tasked with conveying the meaning and deeper significance of a particular incident or development so that readers are able to understand the event within its greater context.
Reporters should always bear in mind the five most important elements of news coverage: accuracy, objectivity, speed, simplicity and directness. Ethically, they need to make sure they remain unbiased by choosing a wide range of articles that do not favor or single out a specific entity and use sources that are from both perspectives on a given issue. ATTRIBUTION: A news agency needs to be absolutely certain of the reliability of the sources quoted in its reports. Label or describe the source of the information or opinions presented in the story as specifically as possible.