International Editorial Conference Held in Atlanta
Adventist World meets with its Korean editorial team
By Evan Knott
On Wednesday, June 23, Adventist World held its semiannual International Editorial Conference with members of its Korean editorial team in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Since its launch in September 2005, Adventist World has enjoyed a special relationship with the church in South Korea, because the major funding source for the internationally distributed magazine is from General Conference funds currently held in South Korea.
The editors from Korea included P. D. Chun, former president of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division and currently international distribution manager for Adventist World; J. K. Chun, senior editor of the Korean Publishing House in Seoul; and J. K. Choe, editor of the Korean UnionCompass, the monthly magazine for the Adventist Church in South Korea.
“Since the magazine is officially registered in Korea, it’s very important that we meet at least once a year in that country to document our activities,” says Claude Richli, associate publisher of Adventist World.
The previous meeting between the two groups was held on October 28, 2009, in Seoul, South Korea, in conjunction with the centennial celebrations of the Korean Publishing House. Adventist World’s Silver Spring-based editors expect to meet their counterparts in Seoul in early November 2010.
“We want to strengthen the links between our Korean counterparts and our U.S.-based editors by inviting them to the United States and underlining the important role they play in our overall team,” Richli says.
The conferences are an opportunity for Adventist World to brief the Korean leaders on major developments with Adventist World in the past six months, and to engage in editorial planning for major stories and features in the months ahead. At the June 23 meeting, the combined editorial group was briefed on the expansion of translations for Adventist World to 12 online editions and seven print editions. The group also discussed the likely possibility of expanding into even more languages in the near future.
Additionally, the meeting attendees discussed upcoming plans to launch several books to promote Adventist World. 28 Ways to Spell Your Faith will feature fundamental belief articles previously published in Adventist World. Ask the Doctors will feature a collection of the popular health column. Adventist publishing houses from around the world have already expressed strong interest in publishing both volumes in their regions.