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JoongAng Group dreams of a beautiful world

The JoongAng Groop conveys hope and optimism to
all sectors of society. We value the environment and
help our neighbors in need by sharing our resources
to build a society where all live well together.
The first media group in Korea to take active part in
volunteer campaigns in 1994, The JoongAng Group
has been promoting public campaigns such as The
National Volunteer Festival, disaster relief service,
international emergency relief, volunteer education,
sponsoring COPION (Cooperation and Participation
In Overseas NGOs) and other overseas emergency
relief activities.
Through various arts and culture projects and
events, we hope to make our society all the more
prosperous. The JoongAng Group’s efforts to create
a better and happier world for everyone include
hosting projects such as the We Start Campaign
which supports children from less privileged,
lower-income households to help them begin their
life journeys at the same starting line as other
children. It also hosts the WeAJa Charity Flea
Market, the largest flea market in Korea, the JTBC
Seoul Marathon, Baeksang Arts Awards as
well as Golden Disc Awards.
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  • WeAJa Charity Flea Market
    Korea’s largest flea market
    WeAJa Charity Flea Market is Korea’s largest flea market.
    The name of the event, WeAJa, comes from the first letters
    of the three major projects hosted and sponsored by the
    JoongAng Ilbo and JTBC. It is held in October each year in
    major cities of the country, including Seoul and
    Busan and more than 300,000 visitors
    participate every year. All proceeds from the WeAJa Charity
    Flea Market are used to help instill hope and courage
    among children from low-income families.
    WeAJa Charity Flea Market
    Korea’s largest flea market
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Hope
  • WeStart
    Striving to provide a fair starting
    line for all children
    WeStart helps less privileged children have a fair start in life. WeStart launched to help
    children grow up as healthy citizens by providing the three-customized care services:
    welfare, education and health. We help children to strengthen the power to think and
    grow themselves through our personality programs. We have established 5 WeStart
    Centers, 6 Humanity Centers and have designated 10 cooperative local children’s
    centers.
    WeStart
    Striving to provide a fair starting line for all children
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  • Cheongbaek Volunteer
    Awards
    Award with tradition and authority
    raising
    Cheongbaekri in our age
    The Cheongbaek Volunteer Awards, which was
    established in 1977, identifies and awards
    Cheongbaekri (a title granted to public servants of
    integrity and uprightness) who are exemplary public
    servants of grade 5 or lower working for local
    development and residents. The Ministry of Public
    Administration and Security and the JoongAng Ilbo jointly
    host the event while JTBC sponsors the awards. It holds
    the longest tradition and authority among government awards
    ceremonies.
    Cheongbaek Volunteer Awards
    Award with tradition and authority raising Cheongbaekri in our age
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  • Employee Volunteer
    Program
    Beyond just reporting, putting words
    into action
    The JoongAng Group was the first media group in Korea to
    take active part in volunteer campaigns in 1994. The
    company has been conducting various volunteer activities
    with the participation of both staff and executives of the
    Group. JoongAng Ilbo reporters volunteered to share their
    knowledge and experience as journalist. The JoongAng
    Group participates in various forms such as having a
    large-scale volunteer project to help clean up the Taean oil
    spill, hosting the WeAJa Charity Flea Market and donating
    monthly to WeStart campaign.
    Employee Volunteer Program
    Beyond just reporting, putting words into action
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Culture
  • Golden Disc Awards
    A celebration of prestige and tradition
    The Golden Disc Awards is the most prestigious
    music awards ceremony in Korea recognizing the
    year’s most popular Korean songs. It is known as the
    Korean version of the Grammy Awards. The Golden
    Disc Awards receives special attention because of its
    fair evaluation of album sales, unlike other awards for
    the music industry such as the year-end events
    hosted by Korean broadcasters.
    Golden Disc Awards
    A celebration of prestige and tradition
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  • Baeksang Arts Awards
    Korea’s comprehensive art prize of
    the highest authority
    Established in 1965 to promote Korean pop culture and arts, Baeksang Arts Awards is
    the only comprehensive art prize in Korea awarded to producers and performers of
    the TV shows and motion pictures that have been screened over the past year. As the
    theater division awards are revived in 2019, Baeksang Arts Awards promotes the
    performing arts sector which is the root of popular culture.
    Baeksang Arts Awards
    Korea’s comprehensive art prize of the highest authority
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  • JoongAng Music
    Concours
    A gateway for young musicians
    to step
    out to the world stage
    At the JoongAng Music Concours, young musicians
    compete and demonstrate their talent in one of the
    seven disciplines including the violin, piano, cello,
    composition, vocals, clarinet and flute every spring.
    JoongAng Music Concours was held in 1975 in
    commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the
    JoongAng Ilbo’s first publication. The concours
    produced many highly esteemed performers who
    represent Korea including Jo Sumi, Kim Dae Jin and
    Youn Kwang Chul.
    JoongAng Music Concours
    A gateway for young musicians to step out to the world stage
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  • JTBC Seoul Marathon
    Korea’s most acclaimed international
    marathon
    The Korea’s most acclaimed international marathon,
    JoongAng Seoul Marathon was given a new name as JTBC
    Seoul Marathon. JTBC Seoul Marathon started out as the
    JoongAng Seoul Half Marathon which was first held in 1999
    in commemoration of the 1988 Seoul Olympics. JTBC Seoul
    Marathon is held on the first Sunday of every November.
    The slogan of JTBC Seoul Marathon is ‘Run, and be
    yourself’. It is a festival where every participant could be
    telling their own story at their own pace.
    JTBC Seoul Marathon
    Korea’s most acclaimed international marathon
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  • President’s Cup National High School
    Baseball Championship
    Amateur High School Baseball
    Championship Representing
    the history
    of baseball in Korea
    The President’s Cup National High School Baseball Championship began with
    President Park Chung Hee’s first opening of a ball game in 1967 with the goal of
    contributing to amateur baseball development. The championship has given
    impressive matches to baseball history in Korea. It has produced numerous MLB and
    KBO star players representing Korea in major baseball leagues around the world such
    as Kim Kyung Moon, Sun Dong Yol, Park Yong Taek, Choo Shin Soo, Kim Byung Hyun,
    Han Ki Joo and Lee Yong Chan.
    President’s Cup National High School Baseball Championship
    Amateur High School Baseball Championship Representing the history of baseball in Korea
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  • Seoul Bike Festival
    Popularizing bicycles as a major
    mode of
    transportation
    The Seoul Bike Festival hosted by the JoongAng Ilbo and
    JTBC is the Korea’s largest 21km non-competitive bike
    parade as part of an initiative to make Seoul a healthy and
    global city of bicycles. The Seoul Bike Festival is an annual
    event participated by approximately 5,000 citizens. The
    Festival is a great opportunity to make special memories
    with friends and families, while enjoying leisurely rides by
    the Han River on the Gangbyeonbuk-ro, which is not open
    to bicycles except on this one special day.
    Seoul Bike Festival
    Popularizing bicycles as a major mode of transportation
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Global
  • JoongAng Ilbo-CSIS
    Forum
    Providing future visions for peace
    on
    the Korean Peninsula
    JoongAng Ilbo-CSIS Forum was launched in 2011 by
    the JoongAng Ilbo and the Center for Strategic and
    International Studies (CSIS). In the past decade, it has
    grown into an international conference receiving the
    keen attention of diplomatic and security officials with
    astute analyses of the complicated situation on the
    Korean peninsula with relevant themes and practical
    solutions.
    JoongAng Ilbo-CSIS Forum
    Providing future visions for peace on the Korean Peninsula
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  • Jeju Forum
    Finding a sustainable peace
    in the
    Asia-Pacific region
    The Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity is an annual forum
    jointly organized by the JoongAng Ilbo with Jeju Special
    Self-Governing Province, International Peace Foundation
    and the East Asia Foundation. This international conference
    is known as Korea’s Davos Forum (World Economic Forum)
    taking part in discussions on peace, prosperity,
    sustainability, diversity and global Jeju.
    Jeju Forum
    Finding a sustainable peace in the Asia Pacific region
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  • Northeast Asia Trilateral Forum
    Contributing to regional
    cooperation and problem solving
    for
    Korea, China and Japan
    The Northeast Asia Trilateral Forum is a civilian gathering established by the
    JoongAng Ilbo, Xinhua News Agency and Nihon Keizai Shimbun. Composed of 30
    former high-ranking officials and experts, it has been held each year in major cities of
    the three countries. Since its inception in 2006, it has been practicing its calling as a
    1.5 track without being disturbed by the ups and downs of the three countries.
    Northeast Asia Trilateral Forum
    Contributing to regional cooperation and problem solving for Korea, China and Japan
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