Every citizen is a reporter


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About the project Edit

OhmyNews is a South Korean online newspaper website with the motto "Every Citizen is a Reporter". It was founded by Oh Yeon Ho on February 22, 2000. It is the first of its kind in the world to accept, edit and publish articles from its readers, in an open source style of news reporting. About 20% of the site's content is written by the 55-person staff, while most of the articles are written by other freelance contributors who are mostly ordinary citizens. OhmyNews was influential in determining the outcome of the South Korean presidential elections in December 2002 with the election of Roh Moo Hyun. After being elected, Roh granted his first interview to OhmyNews.

On November 24, 2007, OhmyNews opened a "citizen journalism school" to serve as a "collaborative knowledge center" for classes in journalism, digital cameras and photojournalism. It is located 90 minutes from Seoul in the refurbished building of an elementary school. The faculty will include OhmyNews editors and other journalists from print, radio and television. There is in-school lodging and dining capacity for 50 guests. Business Week reports that despite the newspaper success it is going through great financial burden and is in search of a new business model. On July 8, 2009, Ohmynews was losing up to 700m won yearly, and appealed to website users to join a voluntary subscription scheme.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

OhmyNews is the first open-source newspaper.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

OhMyNews is a full-fledged participatory news sites – a type of citizen journalism where the intent of this participation is to provide independent, reliable, accurate, wide-ranging and relevant information that a democracy requires

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Since its foundation, different version of the OhmyNews open-source jounalism concept has been created. OhmyNews International was established by OhmyNews founder Oh Yeon Ho on February 22, 2004 as the English language online newspaper that features "citizen reporter" articles written by contributors from all over the globe. Its content is almost 100% citizen reporter. Interestingly, on February 22, 2006, OhmyNews and Japanese firm Softbank signed an investment contract valued at US million. In 2006 OhmyNews started to build a Japan-based citizen-participatory journalism site called OhmyNews Japan, launched on August 28 with a famous Japanese journalist and 22 other employees working under ten reporters. These journalists' articles were the object of much criticism, on Nov. 17, 2006, the newspaper ended the citizen-participation aspect of the paper.

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