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  • [Mayor Park Won Soon’s Administrative Journal 40] Taking a Look at the Press Coverage on the 1st Anniversary of My Inauguration…

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    There have been numerous news articles about the 1st anniversary of my inauguration.

    I appreciate them immensely because they didn’t evaluate my administration’s performance based on rumors or give abstract commentaries, but rather they used concrete resources for evaluation. However, I will not stay satisfied but rather listen to criticism, take some time to look back and continue to do my best. The following is Director Jo Ho-yeon’s letter. “It’s the 1st anniversary of ‘kind and conscientious’ Mr. Won Soon’s inauguration.

    His administration is outstanding. The Kyunghyang Daily News surveyed 10 Seoul City council members, 20 Seoul City officials, 20 professors of various civic groups, and more than half stated the administration was doing well. The Saenuri Party supporters especially gave many points. Even those who opposed Mayor Park politically didn’t score him low. He is not earning political support from the opponents but they at least support his policies.
    In order to verify the efficacy of his policies from a different angle, I analyzed press releases from Seoul City.

    There appeared to be a major difference in the number of articles released during Mayor Park’s administration and the previous mayor’s. The number of articles released from Seoul City last year was 3541, whereas 2574 articles were released during Mayor Oh’s administration during the course of one year since July of 2008. I can’t say that a high number of articles is an ideal standard for evaluating policies, but a difference of 1000 articles is a good indicator of the two people’s differing attitudes towards setting policies. There could be a discrepancy in evaluating based on one year’s worth of articles, so I analyzed a number of articles and the contents of the articles released in a particular month. Seoul City released 235 articles from September 20, 2008 through October 19, 2008 under former Mayor Oh’s administration, whereas under Mayor Park’s administration, 299 articles were released from September 20th of last year through October 19, 2012. There was an evident difference between the numbers.

    There was an interesting fact about the contents of the articles. For example, former Mayor Oh’s name appeared in the titles of 30 articles out of 235, which is 12.7% of the total. The contents consisted of announcements, requests, and political philosophy seminars. On September 21, 2008, there was an article about former Mayor Oh, Seoul City officials, and 3000 other people participating in a regular ordinance and a special seminar focusing on the topic, “Seoul City needs to work hard for South Korea to live.”

    In contrast, the articles whose titles had Mayor Park’s name numbered 12, which was 3.6% of the total. The majority of the content was about meeting citizens through events such as the Policy Workshop events. Mayor Park held 40 policy workshop events in one year, and more than 200 ideas suggested at the events later became actual policies. There were no articles regarding animal protection or animal rights prior to his administration. There was not even one article about creating new jobs under former Mayor Oh’s administration, whereas there were more than 10 articles under Mayor Park’s administration. On the other hand, there were more than 20 articles about art and design events under the previous administration, whereas there were none under the current administration.

    Mayor Won Soon Park’s trademark policy is to work as hard at everything as he would if it were for his own family. He tries his hardest to focus the city’s money and resources to benefit every single citizen. It is clear there is an obvious difference between Park, with many previous mayors having executed colossal projects for use as political gain. He stands out as a new role model as Mayor of Seoul for his sacrificial attitude when creating policies, his strong will to act on his ideas, his determined rejection of special treatment for private businesses, his fair operation of policies, his ongoing two-way policy communication projects, and more.