SOJC instructor Sung Park in Ghana

SOJC photojournalism instructor Sung Park was recently the keynote speaker at the Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana’s seminar for leading journalists. The seminar was co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy.

Park gave a multimedia presentation on the topic: “Innovation in Newspaper Contents and Layout: Repacking and Rebranding of Private Newspapers to Face Challenges of the Digital Age” on February 19. Editors, publishers and reporters from all the leading private newspapers were in attendance.

In Ghana as part of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, Park is teaching at the University of Ghana’s School of Communication Studies and working to adapt the curriculum to prepare students for the rapidly changing journalism industry. He has had the opportunity to witness those changes over the past several years while travelling to Ghana (the first time in 2011 and again in 2012) in conjunction with the SOJC’s Media in Ghana Program coordinated by Prof. Leslie Steeves.

Steeves, who is currently visiting Ghana, had the opportunity to attend Park’s presentation and speak with University faculty and students.

“He is doing amazing things here, making enormous contributions to modernizing the University of Ghana media curriculum,” Steeves said. “He’s come up with ways to bring more and better technologies and software, and he’s creatively making the most of limited resources.”

It was that same creativity in thinking that Park brought to his presentation, which took on the challenges with close attention to cultural relevance and resource constraints.

“It was a challenge to address this topic to the diverse group of editors and owners representing the various publications since they are going through changes that are very different to what we are experiencing in the U.S.” Park said.

Park will return to the SOJC faculty in the fall of 2014.

Before joining the SOJC faculty, Park was a staff photographer for the Austin American-Statesman and taught at Syracuse University, where he studied photojournalism.

–Hayley Lane, ’15 Journalism