Elaine Ramirez is an editor and writer based in Seoul, South Korea. She cofounded a web magazine in Chile and directed a print magazine in South Korea. She has written and edited for newspapers and magazines in New York, Santiago and Seoul.

Email : elainegija@gmail.com
Phone : USA (voice mail): +1-818-275-0456 / Korea: +82-10-3976-2257

Based in: Seoul, South Korea

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Previously based in: New York, London, Accra (Ghana), Santiago (Chile)

Citizenship: USA

Education: Journalism, economics (BA)

Medium: Print (magazine, newspaper)

Strengths: Organization, leadership, analysis

Interests: social welfare, global economic equality, development and trade, entrepreneurship and small business issues, startups, media production

Membership: Asian-American Journalists Association – Seoul chapter

Freelance writer (Seoul, South Korea)

July 2015-present

Cover South Korean technology, economics and politics for publications including Tech in Asia, The Guardian, The Diplomat and Mashable.


The Korea Herald (Seoul, South Korea)

May 2012-present

Reporter and Copy Editor, Business Desk

Write analyses and features, including a tech start-up column. Administer a bimonthly newsletter on local start-up coverage. Sub-edit news and features, and finalize headlines and captions for the 20-page daily newspaper and websites.

Earned employee awards in June 2014 and August 2015 for stories with thee highest online traffic.

  • EDITING: Edit news and features for all sections, and finalize headlines and captions for the 20-page daily during layout deadline.
  • WRITING: Coverage of tech start-ups, crowdfunding law, foreign entrepreneurs, China-Korea and EU-Korea Free Trade Agreements, World Cup 2014, EFL education and teacher employment.
  • Highlights: Start-up Seoul column, foreign entrepreneur series (read), World Cup 2014 coverage (read), EFL education critical analysis (read)


Groove Korea (Seoul, South Korea)

March 2012-February 2015

Editorial Director (October 2013-February 2015), Associate Editor (March 2012-September 2013)

Acted as editor-in-chief to oversee all procedures for the production of the longest-running independent English-language magazine in Korea until its 100th issue.

  • DIRECTION: Coordinated a team of mostly volunteer editors, copy editors, writers, photographers and illustrators to produce 100+ pages per month and promote the brand online and offline. Streamlined planning, editing, design and social media procedures. Stories regularly featured professional-quality photography, illustrations and infographics.
  • EDITING: Cover stories included long-form analyses on anti-black racism; media corruption and government interference; women’s issues including feminism, abortion, violence against women, the corporate glass ceiling and the beauty industry; and interviews with influential figures including expat celebrities and a media pundit.
  • WRITING: Wrote a cover story on the failures of the EFL industry and a feature tracing the deaths of two expats.
  • Highlights: “Is Korea’s EFL education failing?” (read), Women’s Issue, 8th anniversary issue, 100th issue


Revista Revolver (Santiago, Chile)

July 2008 — present

Founding Member, Managing Editor (January – April 2009), Copy Editor (July 2008 – present)

Helped launch Santiago’s first English-language culture and entertainment online magazine.

  • DIRECTION/EDITING: Oversaw volunteer writers and photographers, edited copy and images, uploaded stories and participated in creative development, business and event planning and management for daily publication.
  • Highlights: Creative development, early business strategy


The Santiago Times (Santiago, Chile)

May — August 2008

Business and News Writer

  • WRITING: Covered national, political and business news, including a fuel subsidy bill, national trucker strike and celebrity profile. Interviewed in English and Spanish, participated in a U.S. radio panel, covered economic seminars, researched Spanish-language databases and wrote features.
  • Highlight: “Anita Alvarado: Chile’s geisha takes a low profile” (read)


New York Daily News (New York, NY)

January—May 2008

News Reporting Intern, City Desk and Bronx Bureau

Reported local news and field reported for police reporter and city writers. Wrote community profiles and features.


Artinfo.com, Museums New York (Louise Blouin Media) (New York, NY)

March—June 2007

Editorial Intern

Covered art trends and museum exhibits, wrote features and pitched ideas at editorial meetings.


Dance Spirit Magazine (Macfadden Performing Arts Media) (New York, NY)

February—May 2007

Editorial Intern

Wrote features, copy edited, researched and interviewed for stories and updated the catalog archive.


Freelance Copy Editor

Projects include media reports (Korea Press Foundation Yearbooks 2013, 2014); Ph.D. thesis on human rights; a 62,000-word novel, application essays and short fiction.


one face at a time

September 2009 – present

Profile Writer

Write journalistic and narrative profiles for personal blog.

Highlight: interviews with sex workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (read)

New York University (New York, NY)

December 2008

Bachelor of Arts, print journalism and economics. Minor in music.



Undergraduate research conference: Presented “Why Did **** Knock Down the Towers: Rap and Censorship in the Post-9/11 World,” a research project investigating lyrical and non-lyrical reactions of U.S. and European rap artists after 9/11, and related media censorship.

Courses: Investigative reporting in New York, specialized economic reporting in Ghana (read), beat and broadcast reporting in London.

Reporting and editing

AP style, copy editing, database research, field reporting, investigative reporting, translating from Spanish



Organizational and team management, content packages, long-form features, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite) promotion, experience working with a network of volunteer/freelance writers and photographers




Adobe InDesign, Illustrator

Microsoft Office and Google suites



Joomla, Drupal content management systems

Basic HTML, WordPress



Dropbox, Slack, Trello



Spanish (advanced), Korean (intermediate)

Matthew Lamers

Former editor-in-chief, Groove Korea

Phone : +1-250-271-7064


Paul Kerry

Chief copy editor, The Korea Herald

Phone : +82-10-7570-2504


Robert Silva

Executive director, Revista Revolver

Phone : +56-9-5098-6568


Joe Calderone

Adjunct professor of investigative reporting, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University

Phone : +1-646+334-6720