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Yung Soo Kim

Education Background: 
Ph.D. Southern Illinois University
M.A. University of Missouri
B.A. Pusan National University
Specialty Areas: 
Multimedia Production
Mass Communication
Yung Soo Kim

Yung Soo Kim is an Associate Professor in the UK School of Journalism and Media. He holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a B.A. in law from Pusan National University, Korea.
He has extensive professional experience as a photojournalist. His journalism career began almost two decades ago as he joined the Pussan National University Weekly. He also worked for the Pusan Ilbo Daily News from 1994 to 2001 after he obtained his bachelor's degree. In 2001, he came to the United States to study advanced journalism and mass communication. After he received his Master's degree, he moved to Los Angele and worked for the Korea Times LA until he began his doctoral studies at Southern Illinois University.
Kim's research and teaching interests include visual communication, international communication, and multimedia productions. Kim regularly presents his studies at conferences such as AEJMC and ICA. His recent articles appeared in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Visual Communication Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, and International Journal of Communication, among others. 

Recent Publications

Refereed Publications (Selected)

  • Deborah Chung, Yung Soo Kim, & Seungahn Nah (2018), “A Comparison of Journalistic Roles by Visual Journalists: Professionals vs. Citizens,” Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies (online first on July 2018).
  • Yung Soo Kim & Deborah S. Chung (2017), “Anatomy of Front Pages: Comparison between The New York Times and Other U.S. Major Metropolitan newspapers,” International Journal of Communication, Vol. 11: 949-966.
  • Yung Soo Kim (2017), “Adopting Situational Ethics in Photojournalism: Testing Effect of Four Situational Characteristics,” Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies, Vol. 6, No 2 : 315-338.
  • Yung Soo Kim & James D. Kelly (2014), “Photojournalist on the Edge: Reactions to Kevin Carter’s Sudan Famine Photo,” Visual Communication Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 4: 205-219.
  • Yung Soo Kim (2012), “ News Images of the Terrorist Attack Framing September 11th and Its Aftermath Thru the Pictures of the Year International Competition,” Atlantic Journal of Communication, Vol. 20, No 3: 158-184.
  • Yung Soo Kim &Deborah S. Chung (2012), “ Exploring the Current State of and Future Directions for Visual Communication Curriculum in the U.S,” Visual Communication Quarterly, Vol. 19, No 3: 134-147.
  • Yung Soo Kim (2012), “ Photographers’ Ethical Calls May Rest on ‘It Depends,” Newspaper Research Journal, Vol. 33, No 1: 6-23.
  • Yung Soo Kim & James D. Kelly (2010), “ Public Reactions toward an Ethical Dilemma Faced by Photojournalists: Examining the Conflict between Acting as a Dispassionate Observer and Acting as a “Good Samaritan,” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Vol. 87, No 1: 23-37.
  • Yung Soo Kim and James D. Kelly (2008), “A Matter of Culture: A Comparative Study of Photojournalism in American and Korean Newspapers,” International Communication Gazette, Vol. 70, No 2, April 2008: 155-173.
  • Shahira Fahmy, James D. Kelly, and Yung Soo Kim (2007), “What Hurricane Katrina Revealed: A Visual Analysis of the Hurricane Coverage by News Wires and U.S. Newspapers,”Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Vol. 84, No 3:546-561.

Book Chapters

  • Yung Soo Kim (2018), “Visual Communication: Photojournalism and Beyond,” in Dal Yong Jin and Nojin Kwak (Eds.), Communication, Digital Media, and Popular Culture in Korea: Contemporary Research and Future Prospects (pp. 341-362). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

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