This week on VOA’s the Correspondents: Are North Korea’s latest threats merely propaganda? US Vice President Mike Pence issues a stark warning to North Korea as Pyongyang threatens to preemptively strike the US and South Korea. VOA White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman and VOA Asia in a Minute host Steve Miller talk about the rising military tensions between North Korea, the US, and South Korea and China’s role in the situation.
North Korea says it’s ready to launch a pre-emptive strike against the United States if the US shows any signs of what Pyongyang calls “reckless aggression”. So once more I was asked to appear on the Voice of America’s The Correspondents to provide some context to events taking place in and around the peninsula.
As always, the program was fronted by longtime host Mil Arcega. I was joined also by VOA Korean Service reporter Cho Eun-jung. We had a great segment and we even had the opportunity to use one of my old vlogs from South Korea.
So if you’ve ever wanted to know what a trip to the DMZ was like, here’s the complete vlog my last trip there and what we used in the program.
Originally published here.
Driving the car… What effect will a call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Xi Jinping of China have on North Korean provocations? What do Seoul residents feel about the rising tensions? A new Cambodian report takes aim at the press and NGOs. Plus more fallout from the United Airlines video and how Toyota looks to help Japan’s elderly. VOA’s Steve Miller and Jim Stevenson bring you the day’s top stories.
Thursday April 6th, the United States launched a targeted strike at a Syrian airbase that was used to launch planes carrying chemical weapons. The US used nearly 60 tomahawk missiles to level the airfield. The attack took place as President Donald Trump was meeting in Florida with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
One of the key topics being discussed at this first face-to-face meeting was what to do about a growing North Korean threat. VOA Asia in a Minute host Steve Miller (me) and VOA White House correspondent Pete Heinlein talk about the meeting with VOA’s Mil Arcega on The Correspondents.
VOA White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman and with VOA Asia in a Minute host Steve Miller talk about the first official trip to Asia by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Originally published here.
On March 10th, I strolled into Studio 52 at the Voice of America to appear once more on VOA’s The Correspondents. For those not familiar with the show, it’s a 30-minute program discussing three of the week’s biggest stories with VOA Correspondents.
Once more, I was paired up with veteran Asia journalist and current VOA White House Bureau chief, Steve Herman.
Host Mil Arcega moved us through a lot of topics in our seven-minute segment, something that could have easily been extended to fill the entire program. If you didn’t catch it before, watch it above.
One of the first programs I worked on at Voice of America was a 30 minute podcast called Asia Weekly. Over time, the needs of the audience changed, and it morphed into a 2-3 minute video analysis piece.
However, with the increaase in reporting by our Asia-based staff, it no longer seemed relevent when looking at the metrics.
Rather than killing the product, we took a look at what was working and made a change.
By far, one of the most popular series I have creted has been Asia in a Minute.
So the decision was made to alter Asia Weekly and make it a companion piece to that. Monday through Friday, Asia in a Minute provides a look at the days top three stories in 60 seconds, then Asia Weekly pops in on the weekend offering an expanded view at five of the top stories with relevant updates.
This is the first week we’ve run this, and already the metrics show it was the right decision.
From February 24th’s appearance on The Correspondents at the Voice of America.
VOA Asia in a Minute host Steve Miller about the additional news coming out of Malaysia regarding the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In December 2016, I launched a new video series for the Voice of America. The premise was to give a daily overview of some of Asia’s biggest stories, but to do it in a way that would attack attention and not take a lot of time.
Thus, Asia in a Minute was born. An overview of the day’s three main stories in just 60 seconds (62 if you include the title cards).
The program originally started out on the English division’s page, but then was picked up by the VOA Khmer Service, since they have a large English following. Likewise, the Tibetan Service and Lao Service also run the program in English.
But what if you don’t speak English? Well, we have that covered too. How about Burmese?
Or how about Vietnamese?
Currently, Asia in a Minute is distributed to six services and versioned in three languages and is one of the most popular news updates in the organization.
New episodes are released Monday through Friday on the services’ Facebook page and/or their main news site.
On the February 17 edition of VOA the Correspondents, Host Mil Arcega talks with VOA Senior Diplomatic correspondent Steve Herman, and VOA Asia in a Minute reporter and host Steve Miller about the apparent assassination in a Malaysian airport of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.