Editorial: 2015 Recap and 2016 Goals

A collage of some of the fun we had in 2015
A collage of some of the fun we had in 2015

Happy New Year everyone!! I wish you all the best in 2016. ^^ And with the new year, it’s time to do our 2015 recap and list our 2016 goals. Yep, I’m one of those people who loves making resolutions and even achieve some of them so for the past few years, I’ve also done the same for ATK Magazine. It’s good for us to look back and see all the fun we had bringing great (hopefully) content to our readers and planning for more fun projects that you can enjoy. Are you ready to see what 2015 brought us and what we hope to accomplish in 2016? Keep reading!

ATK and Cindy's write-up in the Korean magazine, Topclass
ATK and Cindy’s write-up in the Korean magazine, Topclass

2015 Recap

2015 was an amazing year for ATK Magazine and we owe a lot of that to our lovely readers. Thanks for stopping by, making comments and generally just being awesome! ATK was also featured in a couple of Korean news channels/magazines which is super cool, yay us. And of course, we continued to cover events in Toronto, as well as some key festivals and shows in the US and UK. We now have writers in four different countries (Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Korea) which means not just more articles but a greater variety of viewpoints and topics. It was also a great year for us in terms of conducting interviews with musicians and filmmakers, a trend we’d love to see continue.

My panel at TKC 2015 with the fabulous Annie, Bernie, Chris and Shawn
My panel at TKC 2015 with the fabulous Annie, Bernie, Chris and Shawn

ATK’s Top 5 Moments in 2015

We covered more festivals, concerts and events

I’m super proud of the fact that ATK Magazine covered more events, concerts and festivals as media in 2015 than ever before. We were able to bring you coverage – and photos – from Toronto, the US and all the way across the pond in the UK this past year. And it wasn’t just me getting press passes – Bianca, Jules and Leah also covered lots of shows for us.

More writers

I’m always happy when cool, new people come on board to write for ATK. Not everyone stays of course, but 2015 brought us not only the largest number of writers to date but also the most diversified group. This is a trend we want to see continue.

Being interviewed and/or used as an ‘expert’

There is no greater feeling than knowing that your work is appreciated and deemed worth something. So each and every time ATK Magazine is approached for an interview or cited in a publication, it’s something we treasure. Whether it’s myself as the editor or one of our writers, we appreciate the vote of confidence.

Hosting a panel on Korean indie music at Toronto K-pop Con

I have to say that this was both a personal and professional milestone for me and ATK. I had spoken on a couple of panels before but this was the first one I hosted/moderated. As such it was both nerve-wracking and fun. Huge thanks again to Annie, Bernie, Chris and Shawn for being so awesome on the panel.

Covering our first major arena concert

While I touched on the fact that we covered more shows, concerts and festivals in 2015, in three different countries even; 2015 gave us another media milestone – our first major arena concert as press. This was both a personal notch (Big Bang was the group that first grabbed my attention when I lived in Korea) and a very cool one for ATK.

Our first episode of Canadian Doenjang
Our first episode of Canadian Doenjang

2016 Goals

Revive Canadian Doenjang

As hard as it was for me to do the show at the start (I am, or rather I was, uncomfortable in front of a camera), it turned out to be one of my favourite projects ever. The show took a hiatus due to a happy personal reason (not mine) and I’d love to revive it, in some form or another if possible.

Continue to recruit fabulous writers and engage with our readers

Ideally, I’d like to have 8-10 articles a month from our wonderful writers in addition to the 10-15 I write. Since our writers generally write an article a month, we do need a few more to meet this goal. But it’s the second half that’s so much fun, in large part because some of our fabulous readers become our wonderful writers. Regardless, we always love hearing from you – here in the comment section, by tweeting us or via Facebook.

More music interviews

Okay, I’m biased. I love reading interviews so I want ATK to do more of them as I figure I can’t be the only person who enjoys reading them. ^^ Seriously, I think they serve a dual purpose. Fans enjoy reading more about their favourite bands and interviews are also a good way to introduce bands to music listeners who haven’t yet listened to them.

More film interviews

See above. ^^ Seriously though, the reasoning is basically the same.

Continue to work with, and tweek, our publishing schedule

Having worked both with, and without, a publishing schedule; I can tell you that having one that has some flexibility worked into it as well as a couple of completed drafts for emergencies, works best. We are also going to use social media to highlight an ‘oldie but goodie’ article each week so our new readers don’t miss out on some of our great content.

One of our episodes of Canadian Doenjang was filmed by YTV (kinda like the Korean CNN) and we were all interviewed too
One of our episodes of Canadian Doenjang was filmed by YTV (kinda like the Korean CNN) and we were all interviewed too

Final Thoughts

2015 was great and we can’t wait to see what 2016 brings. But more than anything, we want two things for 2016. First, to keep bringing you interesting articles and interviews about ‘all things Korean’ – that is our number one mission. And of course, we want to keep getting to know our lovely readers so keep the comments coming! Stay in touch!

Have a fabulous 2016 and keep reading!! ^^

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday – this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it’s taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I’m the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

2 thoughts on “Editorial: 2015 Recap and 2016 Goals

  • January 5, 2016 at 5:39 pm
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    We love the diversity of topics….recipes, reviews on latest Korean skin care and cosmetics, restaurant reviews for Toronto and news of upcoming events we can attend! Thanks to the team for your dedication. I should comment more often and share our appreciation. God bless you all with more and even better for 2016

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    • January 7, 2016 at 6:57 pm
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      Hi Jae, thanks so much for your kind words!! All the best to you in 2016 as well. We hope to keep bringing you a variety of good content!

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