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다음은 충남대학교 영자신문 충대포스트 2014년 5월호(247호)에 실린 김명수 인터뷰 전문기자 인터뷰 내용입니다.
Don't Be Afraid of Failure; You Can Get Back Up Anytime.
충대포스트 247호| 2014| 5월 23일| By Heo Moon-hee / CP Reporter
Can it be possible to interview 1000 persons by oneself? Is this complete nonsense? There is an interview reporter who has interviewed 1000 persons! He has interviewed ordinary people who achieved success by giving of their best on their specialties because he believes that there is a number of ordinary persons that make the world go round.
1. You majored in agricultural chemistry and it seems to be far removed from journalism. How did you start this job?
When I was looking for employment, I couldn't pass the document examination because of my major. I had a difficult time at that time. One day, I saw a recruitment advertisement for the newspaper office. It was the “Daejeon Ilbo.” There wasn't a document examination for the press at that time. It doesn't matter that I graduated from a local university, so I prepared for an examination for the press. I passed the test, and I entered the company. I got a job by chance, far from my original dream. During my life as a reporter, I worked as an editing reporter, who didn't have to interview for the first 10 years. However, I was transferred to a different section. I lost my space in the press since I had to leave the editorial department, but I wanted to write my own articles, so I tried interviewing.
2. The articles that you wrote are based on interviews, but they are written like a literary work which is very emotional. There is a novel or an essay among the works that you wrote. Is being an author your original dream?
In 1997, I moved into ‘Kyunghyang Dotcom’ as an online system of the newspaper was formed. I could write my articles whenever I wanted because the online system had no time constraints. I wrote a number of articles for the online homepage to get many readers, changing my pen name. There were lots of comments, and I published a series of articles on daily life or on my own past experience. Then, the publisher got interested in my articles. I was determined to show that even an ordinary person can write. I wrote some literary works, human stories, and self-help books.
3. I heard that you were very introspective. How could you overcome the difficulties as an interview reporter? For example, how did you overcome the fear that you might be refused by an interviewee or the pressure that you may face with a stranger.
I was quiet and didn’t speak at all until I graduated from college. However, I realized that if I closed my mouth, I can’t open my heart to anyone. So I decided to reveal myself. Besides, I had to interview other people. It would be a contradiction to try to get others' information without presenting myself to anyone. I also realized that saying the old 'Speech is silver, silence is golden' is an attitude of the past.
4. I think you would have difficulty when you interview ordinary people who are not familiar with interviews. How would you deal with this situation?
The reason why I write an interview article is for the readers. First of all, I have to show a masterpiece of human documentary. This means that I have to let the readers know the lesson from the interviewee. Second, the lesson must be beneficial; the interviewee must be a role model for the world. To make this article helpful, many requirements are needed. I must have the power of writing, be affirmative, and lead my interviewee well. The most important thing is the format that I create. Although I listen to others' stories, I induce them in the composition that I’d like to make. For this kind of interview, I thoroughly prepare in advance.
5. Many interviewees that you have interviewed made a comeback after overcoming their hardships. Please talk about the interviewee that you were most inspired by.
There are so many interviewees I was inspired by that I can't determine the ranking, but I’d like to introduce one of them. He was a great businessman in Seoul, but his business collapsed during the financial crisis in the late 1990s. He asked someone who succeeded because of the assistance of him for help, but he was refused coldly. Then he realized the fact that wealth can be lost easily, while the wealth of a good deed is forever. He started to be a volunteer, and became the chairman of Korea Rice Donor Program. He is Lee Sun Goo.
6. Please say why you composed the article with a storytelling style.
The history of the world is the history of record. I think the record itself is really important. A characteristic of my interview is to put in the general record by making a masterpiece as a reporter. The masterpiece shows not a part of life but a whole life, and an interviewee becomes the leading actor of this work. I could tell this is a similarity between the article and the novel. I try to utilize my ability as a reporter and an author. In the article, the role model is always living as a main character in the novel.
7. There is an article which includes the story of how you did manual labor for 2 months. Although you are a reporter specializing in doing interviews, why did you write this article through a hard time?
Even though the capability of a reporter is excellent, it is hard to write an article by digging into a subject with a complete perspective. However, it is not good to write an article instantly after seeing the fact only recently. I write my articles after I experience all the subject's emotions. The article which I don't experience wholly is superficial and lifeless. I do my best to interview personally, and I am willing to bear all the responsibilities with a sense of duty. For example, when I covered the job of a security guard for 4 months, the article couldn't be written by covering only 2 days.
8. Lately, I have read an article where you challenged pyramid selling. Why did you choose this hard job among many jobs in our country?
While I did manual labor, I earned one million won a month. This amount of money is more valuable than one billion won because I was able to feel the worth of labor. Even though he or she can't earn money very much, it is important to be content with his/her work. It would be wrong to draw a distinction between high-income jobs and low-income jobs. I wanted to spotlight those who confidently go their own way, regardless of honor and wealth. I am sorry that most youth today are only concerned with salary.
9. I heard that you don’t use a recorder during interviews. Although it is convenient to use a recorder, is there any special reason not to use it?
The most important reason why I don’t use it is that interviews need to be humane. If I depend on machinery, I can’t include humanity. The interview can be made perfectly by keeping eye contact with someone and feeling personally. I listen to their whole story, and write what I feel from them. From the start to the end of the interview, I made articles by feeling all five senses.
10. Please give reporters at The Chungdae Post a piece of advice.
The most important factor is that reporters should feel happy about their work. Reporters look interesting in the eyes of others, but there are many obstacles they face. If you are not interested in your job, however, everything would be meaningless. Second, you have to be sociable and cheerful because interviewees should not be repulsed by your gloomy face. You also need to be a self administer. Finally, you should have the right thinking and be honest. How virtuous your article may be, you are hypocritical, if you are not desirable. To be an honorable reporter, you should always behave properly.
By Heo Moon-hee / CP Reporter / email@example.com
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