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Watching a live sports broadcast is thrilling at times, but it may be difficult to keep track of the flow of the match and the movements of the participating players without some explanation. This is where the role of a sports commentator comes into place. Sports commentators work to deliver accurate information to spectators with a running commentary of the game and play a crucial part in all live sports broadcasts. Hanyang University alumnus, Kim Woo-jin (Sport Coaching Major, ’11) has been working as a sports commentator for STN SPORTS channel starting from the beginning of 2018 and has commentated live broadcasts such as the 2018 Asian Para Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the K-Leave FA Cup in South Korea. Kim Woo-jin (Sport Coaching Major, '11) stated that taking sports related courses in his major greatly contibuted to his career as a sports commentator. Prior to his career as a sports commentator, Kim was a windsurfer representing Hanyang University. Kim started windsurfing in middle school largely due to his parents’ recommendation, as they also enjoyed the sport as a hobby in the past. During his university years as a windsurfer, Kim competed in various competitions and even received a gold medal in a national windsurfing competition hosted by Gachon University. After graduating in 2011 with a major in Sport Coaching, Kim became a windsurfing coach for Gwangnam High School and prepared student players for the Asian Cup. However, while concentrating on player development for three years, Kim began to gain interest in the field of broadcasting as he had always enjoyed watching live sports matches. “While preparing to become a sports commentator, I was deeply inspired by the SBS announcer, Bae Kee-wan, also a Hanyang University alumnus renowned for his commentary of past figure skater, Kim Yuna’s performances. I monitored a lot of his commentaries because he was well aware of the current trends in broadcasting,” stated Kim. (Left) Kim Woo-jin (Sport Coaching Major, '11) is commentating during Round 27 of the K-League Football National League. The road to becoming a sports commentator was not an easy one. Not only are a few sports commentators selected by broadcasters but also a thorough understanding of various sports is required to deliver swift commentaries to viewers. However, he was able to succeed and began his career at STN SPORTS channel. Although there is always a tacit pressure not to make mistakes during the live broadcast, Kim said that he gets more energetic after hearing the crowd cheer on near the broadcasting booth. One of the most memorable moments as a sports commentator was when the South Korean swimmer Cho Won-sang earned a silver medal during the live 2018 Asian Para Games. “It was surreal to see the South Korean flag go up during the medal ceremony,” said Kim. When asked about what important aspects sports commentators should have, Kim emphasized that loving all kinds of sports and enjoying the different atmospheres of the games is important. Moreover, having a deep knowledge of football, basketball, and baseball is crucial. “I recommend getting a referee certificate to those preparing to become a sports commentator because it will act as an advantage,” advised Kim. Kim Woo-jin (Major in Sport Coaching, '11) hopes to commentate live matches of South Korean players in the future Olympic Games. Kim is currently striving to become a sports commentator in a wide range of sports. The main goal for Kim is to be able to effectively deliver South Korea’s winning moments in international sports events, and he hopes to be able to broadcast the future Olympic games live. Seok Ga-ram firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by Lee Jin-myung
Dance is a form of art at a holistic and advanced stage, and it can have an enormous social influence. Also known as a “moving poem,” it can be difficult to translate a dance into solid writing because there are countless expressions connoted in it. However, Hanyang University alumnus, Kim Yoon-ji (Department of Dance, '01), has continued to put her efforts into promoting the excellence of Korean dance in various research. She has succeeded in conducting both independent and joint research converging the concept of dance and the contemporary issues on the rise. Kim’s passion for dance has led her to become the biggest research fund beneficiary in the field of dance in the last five years, receiving 16.4 million won. Hanyang University's Department of Dance alumnus, Kim Yoon-ji stated that when an artist’s spirit and technique are added to the comprehensive and intrinsic human movements, it becomes a dance. After entering the Department of Dance to major in Korean dance at Hanyang University in 1997, the IMF financial crisis hit hard and brought about some hardships. Kim had no choice but to study and dance diligently. Her efforts paid off as she graduated with honors. “I received a lot from Hanyang University, which made me the person I am today, and I want to give the pleasure back to the university in any way possible as gratitude,” stated Kim. Kim Yoon-ji (middle) on her Hanyang University graduate school graduation day in 2013. Reading books and regularly going to Paiknam Library were part of her daily routine and deeply contributed to choosing her career as a researcher and adjunct professor after university graduation. “Whenever I had hardships, I turned to reading, which the words gave me wisdom on how to live through my studies,” maintained Kim. She decided to enter graduate school and went on to receive her master’s degree and doctoral degree from the Department of Dance. Hanyang University alumnus, Kim Yoon-ji (Department of Dance, '01) asserted that doing research is interesting as it requires combining various information to come to a creative yet logical conclusion. Some of Kim’s research projects, both independent and joint, are currently ongoing. One of her independent research projects titled, “Application of Korean Dance Contents Module on Extension of the Trans-Media Storytelling Area," was selected by the National Research Foundation of Korea. The research is based on the effects of trans-media storytelling on Korean dance by converging various digital media platforms to convey the story of the performances more efficiently. Furthermore, the three year joint research project titled, “Comprehensive Database Project for Lexicography Informations” gathers researchers from numerous fields to build up data in order to grant the public access to good knowledge. Kim is currently responsible for the intangible performances and folklores section. “I want to become a humble intellectual who can carry out love in deed, especially to Hanyang University, and I wish for all Hanyang University students to pursue their own happiness,” Kim concluded. She plans on continuing her study of converging Korean dance with society as a researcher and promote the artistry of Korean dance to the international community. Seok Ga-ram email@example.com Photos by Kang Cho-hyun
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