Enhance your North Korea coverage with an evidence-based approach

Improve the depth and accuracy of your reporting on North Korea issues by leveraging NK PRO's research tools, databases, and in-country insights.

Stay ahead of the curve on all things North Korea

Our NK Pro Member Briefings and Push Alerts keep you abreast of the latest news, analysis, events and conferences around the world.

With NK PRO you'll not only get a regular heads-up on the key stories of tomorrow, but accesss to research tools and databases designed specifically to accelerate your work as a journalist working on the North Korea portfolio.

Mitigate against staff churn

North Korea resources for journalists and media

Expand your primary sources

Leverage the full scope of official DPRK state media

When it comes to identifying issues of interest relating to North Korea, understanding what's going on inside the country is essential if you want to stay ahead of the curve.

In this regard, NK PRO offers journalists access to a wide range of primary source materials from inside the DPRK, such as on-the-ground photos, datasets from in-country sources, and regular visitor reports. 

In combination with regular satellite imagery analysis and reporting on granular developments of notable interest, these indicators can provide leads for new stories, material to validate ongoing research, or actionable ideas for investigative purposes.

While regular internal staff rotations can help keep your team fresh, when tracking a subject as complicated as North Korea this can pose numerous problems. Tacit knowledge, language skills, and analytic know-how can all be lost in the space of just a few days. With NK PRO, however, your reporting team will always have a reliable pillar of specialist experience to rely upon. Helping newcomers quickly adapt to the subject, or providing a second opinion for long-time reporters to rely upon, NK PRO is vital for effective journalism on the DPRK.

Few reporters are making use of more than just the very basics when it comes to official North Korean state media material. Much of the challenge relates to the technical difficulties with searching large amounts of official DPRK media reporting, with the result that key facts, contextual information, and official data is often omitted in articles about the North.

With NK PRO's KCNA Watch service, however, you'll have access to advanced search and data generation tools and the most extensive open-source archive of official DPRK reporting on the web.

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Here’s what journalists & media find most helpful for their daily operations:

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Here’s what members of the federal community find most helpful for their daily operations:

Don’t just take our word for it. See what our existing users in news and media think.

When you have too much information and when information is conflicting, the ground truth is the deciding factor. NK Pro provides its subscribers with that ground truth. I have referred to NK Pro for its unique services in search of the ground truth concerning North Korea and Northeast Asian security, economics and social issues.”

LTG Chun In-bum, former deputy commander for the First ROK Army

The Panel found that being able to have access to NK News’s regular reporting, its specialized offerings and its staff added greatly to our effectiveness. They were all models of clarity, independence and probity, and helped us by often providing context and corroboration for our own information.”

Martin Uden, former Coordinator of the UN Panel on Sanctions against the DPRK

“As someone who has followed and assessed developments in North Korea for many years I can not recollect a time in the past few decades when interest was higher. News coverage has expanded exponentially but quantity is no substitute for quality. I have found NK Pro to be the best source for keeping me current on events as well as in assisting my research on economic and sanctions matters. I recommend it highly.”

William J Newcomb, former member of the UN Panel of Experts on DPRK Sanctions

“My day starts, along with multiple cups of coffee, by reading the NYTimes and Wall Street Journal in old-fashioned hard copy, and the Washington Post online. By the time I'm finished with WaPo, NK News is waiting in my inbox, and I'm ready to hone in on Korea related affairs. The stories by NKNews' own reporters cover a lot of territory, as do the daily excerpts from the wire services. I avidly await the commentary by Professors Lankov and more recently Haggard. The longish Q&As with multiple experts, provide an easy and quick range of viewpoint and opinion on the most important events as they happen. And the historical glimpses are often interesting side-bars. If NK Pro wasn't so expensive, I'd read that too. NKNews gives me thebackground news and overviews I need in order to focus in closely on NK's human rights situation in my own research and writing, And NK News provides the context of happenings in, on and regarding the Korean peninsula that are invaluable for our advocacy to put human rights issues on to the agenda and into the mix with all the other aspects of the NK conundrum."

David Hawk, Prominent human rights researcher and advocate. Author, The Hidden Gulag: Exposing North Korea's Prison Camps -- Prisoner's Testimonies and Satellite Photographs

See what colleagues think about NK PRO:

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Barbara Demick

Former LA Times chief, Seoul

"NK News is essential reading for any journalist covering North Korea. 

I don’t know anybody seriously writing about North Korea who doesn’t read it."

"NK News is essential reading for any journalist covering North Korea. 

I don’t know anybody seriously writing about North Korea who doesn’t read it."

Former LA Times chief, Seoul

Barbara Demick

Keith Luse

Executive Director, NCNK

"NK PRO is an essential component of my information base regarding North Korea. 

The volume of topics and depth of coverage is remarkable.”

"NK PRO is an essential component of my information base regarding North Korea. 

The volume of topics and depth of coverage is remarkable.”

Executive Director, NCNK

Keith Luse

Thomas Fisler

Former DPRK Director, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

NK PRO has been able to provide me an insight with in-depth, accurate quality information beyond my scope and made me to follow up certain thematic topics which otherwise I would not have been able to follow up and gain a profound view while being resident in the DPRK.”

NK PRO has been able to provide me an insight with in-depth, accurate quality information beyond my scope and made me to follow up certain thematic topics which otherwise I would not have been able to follow up and gain a profound view while being resident in the DPRK.”

Former DPRK Director, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Thomas Fisler

William J. Newcomb

Former member of the UN Panel of Experts

"As someone who has followed and assessed developments in North Korea for many years I can not recollect a time in the past few decades when interest was higher. News coverage has expanded exponentially but quantity is no substitute for quality. I have found NK PRO to be the best source for keeping me current on events as well as in assisting my research on economic and sanctions matters. I recommend it highly."

"As someone who has followed and assessed developments in North Korea for many years I can not recollect a time in the past few decades when interest was higher. News coverage has expanded exponentially but quantity is no substitute for quality. I have found NK PRO to be the best source for keeping me current on events as well as in assisting my research on economic and sanctions matters. I recommend it highly."

Former member of the UN Panel of Experts

William J. Newcomb

  • Tracks the public appearance of senior North Korean elites alongside either Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Il or Kim Il Sung since 1994
  • Detect changes in economic priorities and policy changes
  • Access individual biographies of nearly 500 elites
  • Map out visits.

Tracking elite appearances can provide useful clues about North Korean policy and the positioning of senior figures within the regime.

How our clients use it:

Gov / Military: Gain rapid-fire access to leaders’ biographies and historical data to guide internal briefings prior to meetings with DPRK officials. This includes leaders’ resumes, developments in their career and rank.

Corporate Sector: Both in terms of identifying key economic officials, emerging economic areas of priority.

Academia: Research on changing priorities and trends in leadership.

News and media: Understand changes in leadership after a major reshuffle and cross reference data to verify possible purges. Quickly identify information about key figures and who they meet.

NGOs: Gain rapid-fire access to leaders’ biographies and historical data to guide internal briefings prior to meetings with DPRK officials.

NK PRO is dedicated to getting professionals the exact information they need to make decisions related to North Korea as quickly and confidently as possible. 

Building on the strong newsgathering reputation of NK News, we fuse decades of overall staff experience with cutting-edge technologies to provide NK PRO subscribers the very best knowledge and tools to achieve their North Korea-related goals. 

At our core is a team of journalists and analysts who focus exclusively on North Korea, from a wide range of specialist backgrounds. Able to spot the nuances which can have the biggest impact, we build on their insights with custom-designed tools to save time, connect the dots, and provide you first access to play-by-play developments. 

In a world where qualified and objective understanding of North Korea is hard to come by, NK PRO provides an unrivaled foundation for professionals to solve complex problems and identify meaningful new opportunities.

Whether you need insights into the latest leadership reshuffle, on policy changes emerging from a New Year’s speech, or the implications of the latest U.S.-DPRK summit meeting, you will always find it in NK PRO analysis.

We’re event-driven: You can expect rapid-fire and in-depth analysis on breaking news events such as summits, weapons tests, bombshell reports and statements quicker than our competitors to keep you well-prepared for your next briefing. 

We’re trend-driven: Our proactive analysts also read between the lines to identify new trends and issues of importance. We flag these for you, as and when they emerge, across a diverse range of issues.

With NK PRO News, We bring together the latest developments in the political, business, legal and infrastructure sectors, written by leading journalists in the North Korea field. We specialize in primary source-driven news and analysis, relying heavily on informed sources, data forex, and satellite imagery.

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Enhance your North Korea coverage with an evidence-based approach

Improve the depth and accuracy of your reporting on North Korea issues by leveraging NK PRO's research tools, databases and in-country insights.

See what colleagues think about NK PRO:

Don’t just take our word for it

North Korea resources for journalists and media

With NK PRO you'll not only get a regular heads-up on the key stories of tomorrow, but accesss to research tools and databases designed specifically to accelerate your work as a journalist working on the North Korea portfolio.

Expand your primary sources

When it comes to identifying issues of interest relating to North Korea, understanding what's going on inside the country is essential if you want to stay ahead of the curve.

In this regard, NK PRO offers journalists access to a wide range of primary source materials from inside the DPRK, such as on-the-ground photos, datasets from in-country sources, and regular visitor reports. 

In combination with regular satellite imagery analysis and reporting on granular developments of notable interest, these indicators can provide leads for new stories, material to validate ongoing research, or actionable ideas for investigative purposes.

Leverage the full scope of official DPRK state media

Mitigate against staff churn

Few reporters are making use of more than just the very basics when it comes to official North Korean state media material. Much of the challenge relates to the technical difficulties with searching large amounts of official DPRK media reporting, with the result that key facts, contextual information, and official data is often omitted in articles about the North.

With NK PRO's KCNA Watch service, however, you'll have access to advanced search and data generation tools and the most extensive open-source archive of official DPRK reporting on the web.

While regular internal staff rotations can help keep your team fresh, when tracking a subject as complicated as North Korea this can pose numerous problems. Tacit knowledge, language skills, and analytic know-how can all be lost in the space of just a few days. With NK PRO, however, your reporting team will always have a reliable pillar of specialist experience to rely upon. Helping newcomers quickly adapt to the subject, or providing a second opinion for long-time reporters to rely upon, NK PRO is vital for effective journalism on the DPRK.

Here’s what journalists & media find most helpful for their daily operations:

How can NK PRO help?

NK PRO is dedicated to getting professionals the exact information they need to make decisions related to North Korea as quickly and confidently as possible. 

Building on the strong newsgathering reputation of NK News, we fuse decades of overall staff experience with cutting-edge technologies to provide NK PRO subscribers the very best knowledge and tools to achieve their North Korea-related goals. 

At our core is a team of journalists and analysts who focus exclusively on North Korea, from a wide range of specialist backgrounds. Able to spot the nuances which can have the biggest impact, we build on their insights with custom-designed tools to save time, connect the dots, and provide you first access to play-by-play developments. 

In a world where qualified and objective understanding of North Korea is hard to come by, NK PRO provides an unrivaled foundation for professionals to solve complex problems and identify meaningful new opportunities.

Whether you need insights into the latest leadership reshuffle, on policy changes emerging from a New Year’s speech, or the implications of the latest U.S.-DPRK summit meeting, you will always find it in NK PRO analysis.

We’re event-driven: You can expect rapid-fire and in-depth analysis on breaking news events such as summits, weapons tests, bombshell reports and statements quicker than our competitors to keep you well-prepared for your next briefing. 

We’re trend-driven: Our proactive analysts also read between the lines to identify new trends and issues of importance. We flag these for you, as and when they emerge, across a diverse range of issues.

With NK PRO News, We bring together the latest developments in the political, business, legal and infrastructure sectors, written by leading journalists in the North Korea field. We specialize in primary source-driven news and analysis, relying heavily on informed sources, data forex, and satellite imagery.

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The Aviation Tracker

The Aviation Tracker tracks commercial flights to, from, and within North Korea.

The world’s only North Korea-specific tool for observing flights going into and out of the DPRK.

Track commercial flights to, from, and within North Korea.

The Aviation Tracker is designed to help you measure the North’s economic activities--especially the transportation of sanctioned materials--as well as understand shifting trends in tourism, and visualize North Korea’s diplomatic relations.

Using radio technology, visual sightings and other open sources, the NK Pro Aviation Tracker provides comprehensive information on the movement of aircraft to, from and within North Korea. Based on historical data going back to 1970, our flight data comes from a unique combination of three sources aggregated in a way not used anywhere else.

Some examples of how you can use the tracker:

  • Kim Jong Un’s bodyguards arrive in Hanoi on Air Koryo IL-76 cargo plane
  • In unusual move, five Air Koryo planes head to Vladivostok on Monday
  • U.S.A.F. cargo plane left Pyongyang on Saturday morning, flight purpose unknown
  • Amid increased sanctions, Air Koryo flights decreased by 22% in 2017: data
  • Orascom private jet pays unreported trip to North Korea

Meet our staff writers and contributors

Andrei Lankov, Director
 
Andrei Lankov writes exclusively for NK News and NK PRO as one of the world's leading authorities on North Korea. A graduate of Leningrad State University, he attended Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung University from 1984-5. 
Korea Risk Group offers a combination of unique staff perspectives and skillsets to understand the DPRK in a simply unrivaled manner. 

Staff include:
Jeongmin Kim, Seoul Correspondent
 
Jeongmin Kim is a correspondent at NK News, based in Seoul. She previously worked for the CSIS Korea Chair and in the Seoul bureau of Reuters news agency. Follow her on Twitter @jeongminnkim
Wongi Jung, Correspondent
 
Won-Gi Jung is a reporter based in Seoul. His work appears on both NK PRO and NK News. He previously worked for the CSIS Korea Chair and East Asia Institute. Follow him on Twitter: @jungwongida.
Regular contributors include:
Chun In-Bum
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Wang Son-taek
Kosuke Takahashi
Stephan Haggard
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Peter Ward, Contributing Analyst
 
Ward is one of the world's leading specialists on DPRK economic, agricultural and legislative issues. As a fluent Korean speaker who has visited the DPRK several times, Ward's niche-focus analysis is unmatched in the open-source.

Former deputy commander for the First ROK Army

Historian, Kookmin University

North Korea Specialist & Anchor, YTN

Jane's Defense, Tokyo

Political Economist, UCSD

Long-time NK News Contributor

James Fretwell, Analyst, NK PRO
 
Alongside his duties as Assitant Editor, Fretwell is an analyst for both NK PRO and NK News. His specialties include topics relating to foreign policy, inter-Korean relations, history, and sanctions. He speaks fluent Korean and studied his Masters at Yonsei.
Colin Zwirko, Senior Analytic Correspondent
 
Zwirko is a Seoul-based correspondent who focuses on a range of subjects including diplomatic affairs, DPRK infrastructure, and trade issues. Furthermore, he is a satellite imagery specialist and produces regular work in this area. 
Nils Weisensee, Director of News Operations
 
Nils brings together years of journalism experience with major international media, a North Korea skillset cultivated through an operations role with the Choson Exchange NGO, and business-smarts from his startup activities in Shanghai.
Chad O'Carroll, Founder & CEO
 
O'Carroll founded NK News, the genesis for NK PRO, in 2010 after visiting the DPRK as a tourist. Having worked at the UN, think tanks in Washington, DC, and written for multiple newspapers, Chad specializes in both writing news and analysis.
Arius Derr, Managing Editor
 
Arius Derr is the Managing Editor of NK News, based in Seoul. Prior to that he was an editor at East Asia Forum and KBS, South Korea’s public broadcaster. His graduate research focuses on U.S. nuclear policy and U.S.-DPRK relations.
Bryan Betts, Deputy Editor
 
Bryan Betts is the Deputy Editor of NK News. He has covered the Koreas for Yonhap News Agency, The Diplomat and Korea Exposé and previously worked as a newspaper reporter in South Carolina and New Mexico.
Kylie Pak, Project Officer
 
Kylie Pak is a project officer at NK News, based in Seoul. She previously worked for the Sejong Institute. Her graduate research focuses on U.S.-DPRK diplomatic relations.