Korea Exposé is creating a different kind of journalism in Korea
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When foreign media runs articles about the Korean Peninsula, many of them rehash the familiar clichés—about North Korea as an evil dictatorship, about South Korea’s education zeal, and about plastic surgery and other ‘weird’ things that Koreans reportedly do—without much in-depth insight.

If you pay attention to foreign-language reporting about the Korean Peninsula, you must have seen this reality at one point or another.

Korea Exposé began four and a half years ago with the idea of addressing this gross deficiency. We wanted to create a credible source of information and analysis about the region, but using accessible language. Our intention was also to have Koreans or at least those who can communicate directly with Koreans tell stories about the Koreas.

Since the site’s beginning, public reception has been phenomenal. At one point it drew around a quarter million unique visitors worldwide each month. While South Korea (26 percent) and the U.S. (27 percent) accounted for big portions of those readers, our reach was felt even in Southeast Asia (16.4 percent) and Europe (5 percent). Korea Exposé quickly became a trusted source even for foreign journalists, being quoted more than 200 times by international media. Korea Exposé contents are being used as teaching materials in university-level courses.

Unfortunately, the site is now at risk of closing despite its successes.

Our operation was funded primarily by Mediati, a Seoul-based startup incubator, until early 2018. That support is no longer available and our content production has suffered in part due to the lack of a business model. Now we are betting our hopes on creating a new funding model based on donor contributions.

Korea Exposé has been proud to feature writings that the general public can appreciate, but we now plan to broaden the pool of contributors to experts in Korean Studies who can provide deeper insights and speak with authority on Korean issues. And of course, we will try to continue to bring you the contents that Korea Exposé is known for—interesting, engaging and timely stories about what is happening in the Korean Peninsula today.


We have already built a strong reputation as the go-to source on Korean issues. We are confident that with your help Korea Exposé can become the preeminent English-language news site for the region. Our current goal is to raise 5,000 USD a month, which we believe will be sufficient to pay minimum operational costs to ensure three content postings each week.

Korea Exposé is indispensable. At a time when international interest in Korea is rising, legacy media still fails to cover the country with any depth. The situation demands an alternative media outlet, one that is truly capable of reporting on the region. 

Thank you, and we look forward to your support.

https://www.koreaexpose.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KoreaExpose/
https://twitter.com/KoreaExpose
https://www.youtube.com/user/koreaexpose

Se-Woong Koo
Editor-in-chief
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You're supporting independent journalism in South Korea, and contributing to diversifying the narratives about one of Asia's most important regions. 

KÉ Patron
$10 or more per month

Keep track of current affairs in South Korea by reading our monthly newsletter. We summarize the most important events in the country (and on the peninsula), adding our explanation on why they matter.

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Pledge $20 or more and join the exclusive monthly online discussion session (one hour each time) with our editor-in-chief Se-Woong about the most pressing issues of the day on the Korean Peninsula. 

When foreign media runs articles about the Korean Peninsula, many of them rehash the familiar clichés—about North Korea as an evil dictatorship, about South Korea’s education zeal, and about plastic surgery and other ‘weird’ things that Koreans reportedly do—without much in-depth insight.

If you pay attention to foreign-language reporting about the Korean Peninsula, you must have seen this reality at one point or another.

Korea Exposé began four and a half years ago with the idea of addressing this gross deficiency. We wanted to create a credible source of information and analysis about the region, but using accessible language. Our intention was also to have Koreans or at least those who can communicate directly with Koreans tell stories about the Koreas.

Since the site’s beginning, public reception has been phenomenal. At one point it drew around a quarter million unique visitors worldwide each month. While South Korea (26 percent) and the U.S. (27 percent) accounted for big portions of those readers, our reach was felt even in Southeast Asia (16.4 percent) and Europe (5 percent). Korea Exposé quickly became a trusted source even for foreign journalists, being quoted more than 200 times by international media. Korea Exposé contents are being used as teaching materials in university-level courses.

Unfortunately, the site is now at risk of closing despite its successes.

Our operation was funded primarily by Mediati, a Seoul-based startup incubator, until early 2018. That support is no longer available and our content production has suffered in part due to the lack of a business model. Now we are betting our hopes on creating a new funding model based on donor contributions.

Korea Exposé has been proud to feature writings that the general public can appreciate, but we now plan to broaden the pool of contributors to experts in Korean Studies who can provide deeper insights and speak with authority on Korean issues. And of course, we will try to continue to bring you the contents that Korea Exposé is known for—interesting, engaging and timely stories about what is happening in the Korean Peninsula today.


We have already built a strong reputation as the go-to source on Korean issues. We are confident that with your help Korea Exposé can become the preeminent English-language news site for the region. Our current goal is to raise 5,000 USD a month, which we believe will be sufficient to pay minimum operational costs to ensure three content postings each week.

Korea Exposé is indispensable. At a time when international interest in Korea is rising, legacy media still fails to cover the country with any depth. The situation demands an alternative media outlet, one that is truly capable of reporting on the region. 

Thank you, and we look forward to your support.

https://www.koreaexpose.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KoreaExpose/
https://twitter.com/KoreaExpose
https://www.youtube.com/user/koreaexpose

Se-Woong Koo
Editor-in-chief

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Tiers
KÉ Supporter
$1 or more per month

You're supporting independent journalism in South Korea, and contributing to diversifying the narratives about one of Asia's most important regions. 

KÉ Patron
$10 or more per month

Keep track of current affairs in South Korea by reading our monthly newsletter. We summarize the most important events in the country (and on the peninsula), adding our explanation on why they matter.

KÉ Exclusive
$20 or more per month

Pledge $20 or more and join the exclusive monthly online discussion session (one hour each time) with our editor-in-chief Se-Woong about the most pressing issues of the day on the Korean Peninsula.