Into the Gu Video Dropbox

Please name/label your video with the school team name such as “BCIS 1”


Workshop Rosters

Final GYM Conference schedule HERE

Workshop Rosters PDF
Conference Schedule PDF

Official Conference Twitter hashtags:

The inaugural SFS Global Youth Media Conference is a student-centered journalism and storytelling conference hosted by SFS Voice Lab, Inspire Citizens’ Global Youth Media, and the award-winning Out of the Blocks podcast from Baltimore, Maryland. The mission of the conference centers on the power of media to spark empathy, build community, and create positive change in our challenging world, while also linking to the SFS and Inspire Citizens global partnership for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

In-depth workshop descriptions can be found

Click on the images below for our basic workshop schedule

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Professional Workshop Leaders

Aaron Henkin & Wendel Patrick: Out of the Blocks is an award-winning, immersive listening experience built from a mosaic of voices and soundscapes on the streets of Baltimore. A custom-tailored score embroiders this tapestry of stories hidden in plain sight.

You can get the Out of the Blocks podcast at Apple Podcasts or Google Play

Contact Aaron Henkin

Out of the Blocks is supported by PRX and produced with grant funding from theCorporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cohen Opportunity Fund, The Hoffberger Foundation, Patricia and Mark Joseph, Shelter Foundation, Inc, The Kenneth S Battye Charitable Trust, The Sana and Andy Brooks Family Fund, The Muse Web Foundation, and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Portfolios

This program is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (


Ai Addyson-Zhang, Ph.D., is a community building expert who consults on digital learning and storytelling. She trains academic and industry leaders to leverage digital storytelling to humanize their brands and create impactful community engagement.


Anthony Kuhn is the National Public Radio correspondent in Seoul, South Korea. He was previously NPR's correspondent in Beijing, China. He has been called "NPR's voice in China" by the Harvard Gazette and is a world renowned journalist for his dedication, integrity, and extensive work in Asia.


Aaron Moniz and Steve Sostak are the co-directors of Inspire Citizens and Global Youth Media focusing on the power of student agency and voice in positive and honest reporting and storytelling.


Christina Lin has been a lead reporter and co-director of the first Global Youth Media station in Beijing, China called Futures Public Radio. She now works as an Inspire Citizens student intern and supports member stations in establishing student agency in journalism technology, programs, and platforms.

Jason Moran of Moran Creative is a post-production guru from Los Angeles, California who specializes in sound and video editing and mixing.

Seoul Foreign School is pleased to announce, in cooperation with Out of the Blocks and Inspire Citizens, the inaugural SFS Global Youth Media Conference on May 3 and 4, 2019. This conference, for students Grades 7-10, is perfect for a team of students and teachers who are interested in journalism, story telling, sound and video recording, movie making, editing, and more. Check out the complete 2-day schedule HERE or in the images above.

Last year SFS took a team of 7th graders and teachers to a similar conference in Beijing and with the skills and knowledge they brought back, things quickly took off at our school. This led to authentic learning with the "Into the Gu" project, the Middle School Voice Lab Club/MYP Design Project (, and middle school students working directly with our marketing team. Even if you only bring a team of four students and a teacher, it will be worth it for your school and students as they will have access to working not only with Voice Lab student leaders, but award winning global journalists and storytellers.

For more information on workshops from last year’s event in Beijing, and the philosophy behind the event, check out the following links: 

Inspire Citizens: Community Media for Change Workshops & Community Media for Change

Also be sure to check out the Seoul Foreign Middle School Voice Lab site as it gets continually updated with projects from students throughout the school year.

To get the most out of the conference, we recommend students and schools bring their own equipment. If you do not have your own equipment, please contact and we can loan you some of our SFS equipment on site. For every 2-4 students, the ideal Media Kit would include:

HD camera

SD cards

Microphone / recording device

Transfer cables /devices (USB C for new Apple products)

Laptops with 10+ gig of storage available

Editing software already installed and operational - iMovie / DaVinci resolve

All participants are expected to bring their own smartphone and computer.

Please register your team HERE. Once you are registered, you will be sent a confirmation email and invoice with payment options. Your places cannot be guaranteed until payment is received.

Conference Costs:

Early bird (by April 3rd): $100 per student

Normal: $130 per student

Group Discount: $15 per student for groups of more than 5 from one school.

The fee includes entrance to both days of the conference, use of recording equipment, snacks and lunch on both days. Spaces are limited, so get your team together quickly!

For hotel information near Seoul Foreign School, see below or please click HERE.

We are looking forward to an awesome conference!
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who may be interested.


Jan-Mark Seewald, SFS Assistant Head of School for Academics
Matthew Johnson, SFS Middle School Assistant Principal
Steve Church, Bryan Coogan, & Matt Gibault, SFS Grade 8 Teachers and Voice Lab

Hotel Information:

Yeonhui Dong

The Grand Hilton Seoul - 2.5 KM away (5-10 minutes by car)

The Grand Hilton

160,000 KRW plus taxes and fees - Deluxe King sized bed (Breakfast included)

180,000 KRW plus taxes and fees - Two Twin sized beds (2 Breakfasts included)

* Closest hotel to SFS

* Transportation to SFS provided

** To reserve a room, please email  Indicate the type of room, # of guests, and dates of stay.  Please state that you are using the “SFS rate” to ensure the discounted rates above.

Jung-gu (City Hall/Seoul Plaza, Gwanghwamun Palace area)

The Plaza Hotel - Autograph Collection 7.3 KM away (20-30 minutes by car)

The Plaza

170,000 KRW plus taxes and fees - Deluxe King room or two twin beds

220,000 KRW plus taxes and fees, Suite room - separate living area. King or two twin beds

* Transportation to SFS is provided for those attending the conference.

* Close to historic palaces, shopping and restaurants.  Hotel is connected to subway line #1 and #2 and has underground walkway to tourist shopping in Myeongdong

* 5 Star Luxury Hotel with restaurants, lounge and spa

* Earn double Marriott points

* Free tickets to Deoksugung Palace

** To reserve a room, please email  Indicate the type of room, # of guests, and dates of stay.  Please state that you are using the “SFS rate” to ensure the discounted rates above.


The L7 Hotel by Lotte Group - 2.5 KM from SFS (10-15 min by car)

The L7 Hotel

141 Yanghwa-ro, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

120,000 KRW plus tax for king bed or twin beds (Breakfast included)

* Close to shopping and restaurants in Hongdae University area

* Walking distance to Hongik University Subway station

* Rooftop pool

* Transportation to SFS NOT provided.  Must take public transportation or taxi to SFS. Both are easy to find.  

** To reserve a room, go to  Book your rooms and enter this Promotion Code: COFSF1.  The above rates should be applied to your reservation.


Contact for any questions or further information.

See you in Seoul for this incredible event celebrating student voice & community impact.