Best of AP — Honorable Mention


Exclusive all-formats coverage of joint concert by North and South Korea

Dake Kang, multimedia journalist, Beijing, and Hyung-jin Kim, correspondent, Seoul, for exclusive, all-formats access to a rare music concert by North and South Korean musicians in Shanghai. Kim, who had written about a failed 2015 attempt at a two-Koreas orchestra, acted on a tip from a good source, preparing the story and handing it off to Kang, who won over wary organizers and musicians.

Many South Korean outlets, known for their intense competition over North Korea stories, used the AP story, including KBS, South Korea’s largest TV station, and Yonhap, South Korea’s largest news agency. International use included The Washington Post, The New York Times and the South China Morning Post.

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