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Friday, March 26, 2004
OhmyNews? They said it...
A piece by Terry Heaton at Digital Journalist self-explanatorily called TV News in a Postmodern World News Is A Conversation led me  via Heaton's blog to an article in Japan Media Review on the South Korean phenomenon that is OhmyNews.
The first couple of grafs:
Three years ago, a crew of four people quietly launched the South Korean "citizen journalism" Web site OhmyNews. Since then, the site's full-time staff has grown to 53 -- including 35 full-time reporters and editors -- and the number of "citizen reporters" writing for the site has grown from 700 to about 26,700.
Given that the population of South Korea is around 50 million and the New York Times gets around 1.5 million unique visitors a day (source: the NYTC site, I think), this is clearly more than chopped liver.
There is a similar Japanese operation - JanJan - apparently; is it an ethnically specific thing ? Could it happen here? Who knows. This is more for the Ripley's than the read-across.
The big downside, of course, is that, for an enterprise in communication, almost none of the world's population can appreciate it.
Except, there is an international edition - which says its a Beta, and looks it.
Hatful of bonus points, though, for the first hed, over a teaser for a story on the upcoming impeachment of President Roh:
'Oops We Pissed Off The Kids'
And another hatful for this dose of realism from founder Oh Yeon-Ho  to JMR:
We do not regard objective reporting as a source of pride. OhmyNews does not regard straight news articles as the standard. Articles including both facts and opinions are acceptable when they are good.
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