Showing posts with label OhmyNews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label OhmyNews. Show all posts

Sunday, August 01, 2010

OhmyNews: Omni International's New Approach to Citizen Journalism - relaunch as Blog

OhmyNews just spread news on the future of OhmyNews International ... the site will freeze end of August and relaunch as Blog on what citizen journalists, academics, and professionals thinking about networked journalism and the the future of News.

From the post:
Welcome to a fresh approach for OhmyNews International. In a month’s time, the site will a re-launch and reboot. The old site will remain online, but it cannot accept new stories.

Instead, we are launching a new blog dedicated to covering and discussing the world of citizen journalism itself. Our new aim is to help raise the bar for the future. The new OhmyNews International is a guide to what citizen journalists, academics, and even professionals are thinking about how everyone will collaborate on the news of the future.

As we wrote in our new mission statement:

“OMNI is the barometer for citizen journalism. In a Venn diagram between participatory media and news, OMNI makes the grey space its home. Grassroots journalism, citizen media, crowdsourcing are all related terms that tackle the same question: How are regular people making and changing the news?”

We will do this through a team of curators. They will, with your help, highlight the most important events and stories in the citizen journalism world. In addition, curators will work with our citizen reporters all over the globe to do original reporting about the citizen journalism happening everywhere. Finally, curators will commission critical essays on where citizen media is headed.

Our new home is located at http://international.ohmynews.com/. Please stop by.

Why?
more and why

Thursday, July 09, 2009

OhmyNews seeks Citizen Participatory Financing: Club 100.000

We wrote before about the role model of Citizen Journalism, the OhmyNews | OhmyNews English. OhmyNews impact on the Korean society, their success, their expansion plans and their setbacks and failures with it.

Now the economical situation and the decline of traditional advertising (yes I call conventional graphical advertising (Banners, etc.) traditional, they are in trouble.

Besides having in South Korea and around the world lots of contributing citizen journalists, they have now 70 employees (down from 80 one year ago), notable cost for contributors (in South Korea) and cost of infrastructure.

From more than 4 million daily visitors only 2.000 contribute, participate money to sustain the operation. And so OhmyNews heavily relies on advertiser and sponsors (has been around 80 % of their income in the past) - but we all know that during this economical crisis corporate advertising has been going down even more than before.

Last year they where around 400.000 Euro in the red and 1st half 2009 already shows a minus of 280.000 Euro and more to come.

And that is the way OhmyNews want to safe this lighthouse project of citizen participatory Internet media in South Korea.




Oh Yeon-ho, Founder, CEO and OhmyNews Representative Journalist, wrote in OhmyNews:


Source: OhmyNews

Korean Version| in part translated here

Let us surprise and shock the world once more. Let us change the course of media once more. Together with you, we would like to become the first model of citizen participatory Internet media that becomes financially self-reliant through the power of the people, awake and acting with their conscience.

Today, OhmyNews will begin the "100,000 member club" project. Our 100,000 members' club is a group run by citizens acting with their conscience to make OhmyNews financially independent.

What is OhmyNews' value for you? Our 100,000 member club will contribute KRW 10,000 per month (about 5,63 Euro) and enable OhmyNews to become wholly financially self-reliant and continue to develop and sustain itself.
via /more OhmyNews

It remains to be seen, however, whether the OhmyNews Club 100.000 will be enough to make OhmyNews 10th Birthday in February 2010 a happy one. I keep my fingers crossed for a great future of OhmyNews and a role model we can learn from the good and the not so good ways to further democracy and citizen journalism!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Antetype Citizen Journalism Site OhmyNews Stops Paying Contributors

for its international site OMNI. The (small, Cybercash) fee is replaced by a (small) prize schema whereas each month the top 3 articles (measured by the buzz it creates) receive a reward for first place 300.000 (about 165 Euro) and second and third 100.000 (about 55 Euro) Korean Won.

In the announcement Jean K. Min is asking contributors for some understanding "... Unfortunately, times are tough for most media outlets globally and OhmyNews is not immune to these financial pressures ...", but argues also, that by removing the Cybercash fee OhmyNews International can in future publish more article and the (small) financial reward was never the main motivation for contributors to write for OhmyNews ... more on journalism.co.uk


Earlier entry:
Gratification Factors & Motivation of Citizen Journalists (14-Nov-2006)

All entries on OhmyNews (14)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

OhmyNews Japan has finally been closed...

via / more at GlobalVoices:

"At the end of August, 2008, OhmyNews, the citizen journalism site from South Korea that entered the Japanese market in 2006 with much fanfare, closed its doors.

First officially announced on February 22, 2006, and launched shortly thereafter with help from the Japanese media giant Softbank and an investment contract valued at 1.3 billion yen [US$11 million], OhmyNews had a rough ride in Japan right from the beginning ...

Many Japanese bloggers reflected on the rise and fall of OhmyNews Japan, and on why the citizen journalism project failed ... One blogger points out that while the editor-in-chief was earning 30 million yen [about 300,000 USD] annually, and the copy editors 10 million yen [100,000 USD], writers were only paid 300 yen per piece, and argues ..." more

Through changing (political) conditions in Korea since the start of OhmyNews South Korea in 2000, there are lots of problems also in the homeland and the "much grander plan [after the Start in Japan] and want the OhmyNews model to go around the world with OhmyNews as the center of a worldwide network of citizen journalism" will be over.

Citizen Journalism must come from, with and through the citizen and serve the urgent need / want of citizen ... a purpose citizen acknowledge, love, hate, ..

Biz Problems At and With OhmyNews

More posts about OhmyNews

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters' Forum 2008 Program

Only 9 days to go, OhmyNews announced the program details for the fourth annual OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters' Forum 2008 in Seoul (June 27, 2008)

"This year's forum will focus on "Candlelight 2008" (more about the Candlelight Vigils) and its effects on media leadership. Korean media outlets that engaged with the "Candlelight 2008" both directly and indirectly, will actively debate related issues in live-Webcast panels over the course of 10 hours. This forum will be simultaneously translated into English and be broadcast live to an international audience through OhmyTV. Netizens will be able to participate through a special online debate forum ..."

The program, speakers and more

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

South Korean Cit-Journalism OhmyNews Chances in Europe and elsewhere

Emma Thelwell wrote on Telegraph.co.uk (in the Money Section, how come, Emma?)

South Korean news pioneer targets Europe

and was quoting Oh Yeon Ho (OhmyNews) with

"I hope I can keep introducing our model to other countries including Europe, North America and hopefully North Korea in the future. Why not?

Actually, we are in talks with a European partner to launch an OhmyNews site in Europe."

Is Why not good enough?

Over the last 18 month I studied the situation in Europe and specially in Germany. How Startups and established Publisher can make use of Citizen Journalism and Networked Journalism for the better for their

- readers / users
- writer / users / reader
- advertiser / user / readers
- publisher / user / reader / writer

Most, if not all countries in Europe are not in a similar situation South Korea was in 2000 and btw., the situation in South Korea since has changed quite a bit and OhmyNews has to run, if the will keep their relevance for Korea!

Of course it is always good to study examples, but in the end you need to develop a compelling play / show for the stage you want to be successful on ...

Three years ago, I was recommending the model to a client and checked with Seoul - but he client declined to consider. Today, I still praise the founders and start of OhmyNews, but for me it is now more about the Do and Don’ts - OhmyNews is becoming to established, does not adapt to the changes in South Korea’s society and does not care enough about their community needs and wants.

Earlier entries:

Citizen Journalism Front Runner OhmyNews Faces More Challenges Ahead

more

(Cross posted on HEM on Media, Marketing & Internet)

South Korean OhmyNews Chances in Europe

Emma Thelwell wrote on Telegraph.co.uk (in the Money Section, how come, Emma?)

South Korean news pioneer targets Europe

and was quoting Oh Yeon Ho (OhmyNews) with

"I hope I can keep introducing our model to other countries including Europe, North America and hopefully North Korea in the future. Why not?

Actually, we are in talks with a European partner to launch an OhmyNews site in Europe."

Is Why not good enough?

Over the last 18 month I studied the situation in Europe and specially in Germany. How Startups and established Publisher can make use of Citizen Journalism and Networked Journalism for the better for their

- readers / users
- writer / users / reader
- advertiser / user / readers
- publisher / user / reader / writer

Most, if not all countries in Europe are not in a similar situation South Korea was in 2000 and btw., the situation in South Korea since has changed quite a bit and OhmyNews has to run, if the will keep their relevance for Korea!

Of course it is always good to study examples, but in the end you need to develop a compelling play / show for the stage you want to be successful on ...

Three years ago, I was recommending the model to a client and checked with Seoul - but he client declined to consider. Today, I still praise the founders and start of OhmyNews, but for me it is now more about the Do and Don’ts - OhmyNews is becoming to established, does not adapt to the changes in South Korea’s society and does not care enough about their community needs and wants.

Earlier entries:

Citizen Journalism Front Runner OhmyNews Faces More Challenges Ahead

more

(Cross posted on HEM On Social Media)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

OhmyNews opens Citizen Journalism School

focused on teaching citizen journalism and user created content, the education program will include journalism 101 classes for citizen reporters, writing workshops for new citizen reporters, and digital camera class customized for photo journalism and video news gathering ...

more

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters' Forum 2007 Recap



If you consult the international / english site of OhmyNews, you won't find much about the 2007 Forum yet - if you read Korean you have more luck ...

Update:
OMNI 2007 Forum Videos are now Online

- [Review and Outlook] Past and Future of Cit-J / Dan Gillmore / OhmyTV
- [Session 1] Citizen Journalism in Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Estonia / OhmyTV
- [Session 2] Citizen Journalism in South Africa and Australia / OhmyTV
- [Session 3] Citizen Reporters in Their Own Words 1 / OhmyTV
- [Session 4] Citizen journalism in North America / OhmyTV
- [Session 5] Focus - Transplanting Ohmynews to Japan / OhmyTV
- [Session 6] Ensuring Editorial Accountability / OhmyTV
- [Session 7] Citizen Reporters in Their Own Words 2 / OhmyTV
- [Session 8] The Search for a Sustainable Bussiness Model / OhmyTV


As Readers Edition, the German Citizen Journalism platform was not present in Seoul, I point you - who might be interested to benefit from the discussion - to Rory O'Conners who published his record of the event under OhourNews and points to media channels 'OhmyNews 2007 International Citizen Reporters’ Forum Recap, with a listing of reports about the 2007 Forum.

Later on you might find something here

P.S.
Serhiy Danylenko from Ukraine's Citizen Journalism platform Highway mailed me a copy of his presentation in Seoul and I'm happy to share it with you (PDF).

Friday, June 08, 2007

OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters Forum 2007



Oh Yeon-ho, Gründer und CEO von OhmyNews, Südkorea hat heute zum OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters' Forum 2007 eingeladen.

Im Gegensatz zu den bisherigen Foren sind neben Citizenreportern in diesem Jahr auch zahlreiche 'leading Thinkers und Practitioners' im Umfeld von Citizen Journalismus und User-created Content nach Seoul eingeladen.

Unter anderem
- Serhiy Danylenko, HighWay Online
- Dan Gillmor, Center for Citizen Media
- Joan McCarter, Daily Kos
- Pawel Nowacki, Wiadomosci24.pl
- Rory O’Connor, Globalvision
- Mihkel Pukk, Minut.ee
- Stephen Quinn, Deakin University
- Michael Tippett, NowPublic
- Yossi Saidov, Scoop.co.il
- Rostislav Vylegzhanin, Realno.info
- Elgar Welch, Scopical

Ob Michael Maier von der Readers Edition an diesem Treffen teilnehmen wird, ist bisher nicht bekannt.

Das Treffen findet vom 27. - 29. Juni 2007 im Korea Press Center, Seoul statt. Das ausführliche Programm gibt es hier.

Früherer Eintrag:
Citizen Journalism Front Runner OhmyNews Faces More Challenges Ahead

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Citizen Journalism Front Runner OhmyNews Faces More Challenges Ahead

Vanessa Hua, staff writer of the San Franciso Chronicle, gives an update on OhmyNews (International, English site) and Oh Yeon Ho (the founder) and Lee Han Ki (CEO) of OhmyNews room to tell their interesting story and give their views on the future:

Quote 1:
"After having turned a small profit for three years, OhmyNews slid into the red in 2006. It faces growing competition in South Korea, has failed to catch fire beyond its borders and, most important, has lost its luster as the must-read, latest new thing."

Quote 2:
"like other media, old and new, depends on advertising and content sales, and now must seek to expand those revenue streams and find new ones."

Quote 3:
"At OhmyNews' office (...) 65 professional editors, reporters and video journalists vet hundreds of stories submitted daily by the 43,000 citizen journalists in South Korea. About a third are spiked -- because of unverified facts, inappropriate topics or hints of slander. Rejected stories get a second chance if the writers agree to take a writing clinic and learn how to rework a story."

Quote 4:

"OhmyNews publishes about 150 stories each day, up to a third of which come from the professional staff and the rest from citizens. Readers can offer instant feedback online and monetary tips. The site attracts up to 800,000 unique visitors and up to 2 million page views a day ... "

more

While OhmyNews' "sees its expansion into Japan as a key aspect of a much grander plan and want the OhmyNews model to go around the world with OhmyNews as the center of a worldwide network of citizen journalism", I think that citizen journalism doesn't need a center but studying and learning from each other is key.

International Project (28-March-2007)
OhmyNews Opens Research into Global Citizen Journalism

Earlier entry:
OhmyNews' With Biz Problems, or Biz Problems With OhmyNews?

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Readers Edition Review in OhmyNews International

Ende November besuchte Ronda Hauben (New York, NY, Citizen reporter for OhmyNews international) Deutschland und die Readers Edition in Berlin. Jetzt ist ihr Beitrag in der OhmyNews International erschienen (13-Dez-2006)

Citizen Journalism Brought to Germany

Und Jean Yves Chainon hat daraus einen Artikel für The Editors Weblog gemacht (14-Dec-2006)
Germany: Readers’ Edition 'more than a competitor' to print?


Beiträge zu anderen Citizen Journalismus Projekten in Europa von Ronda
Citizen Journalism Projects: Denmark and Israel

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

OhmyNews Citizen Journalism: Theory and Practice

OhmyNews International


editor-in-chief Hong Eun-taek

introduces a new section on OhmyNews:

"We strongly believe that citizen journalism can take root anywhere, not just in South Korea. For it is better to have citizens voice their own ideas and interests than to let the media represent them [...]"

"We are inviting you to our new section, "Citizen Journalism: Theory and Practice." Since the inception of our international operation two years ago, we have been focusing on how to recruit more citizen reporters. Now we believe it's time for us to think about how to go about doing citizen journalism itself [...]

More ...

via Hypergene MediaBlog

Earlier Entry:
Netzeitung Job offer

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Netzeitung: 20 Millionen Journalisten haben ausgesorgt (2)

Die Stellenausschreibung der Netzeitung hatte mich nicht glaubend gemacht, dass das Budget der Netzeitung (oder von Orkla - die wollen, wenn ich richtig gehört habe, Orkla Media (in Deutschland neben der Netzeitung auch Golem) ja gerne verkaufen? - oder bereitstehenden Investoren) für die Bezahlung von 20 Mio. Journalisten ausreicht.

Wie wir ja schon aus der W3B Studie wissen ;-) , gibt es in Deutschland etwa gleich viele (oder gar mehr) aktive Blogschreiber (Blogger), wie es aktive Blog-Leser gibt - ganz im neuen D.I.Y. Trend.

'Früher' habe ich gegenüber Verlegern und Verlagsmanagern immer argumentiert, dass ein Magazin, eine Zeitung immer dann eine Chance hat erfolgreich zu sein, wenn wir mehr Leute finden die über ein bestimmtes Thema lesen wollen, als Leute, die über ein Thema schreiben wollen - aber da gilt ja heute vielleicht nicht mehr.

Und deswegen komme ich noch einmal auf den Eintrag zur Stellenausschreibung der Netzeitung (1) zurück. Sowohl der Hinweis "Gutes Geld für Gute Arbeit" und "Basisdemokratie soll (muss) geübt werden" hatten und haben einen Hintergrund:

Wenn ein kommerzielles Unternehmen ‘Schreiberlinge’ (Journalisten und alles andere, was man dazu braucht) sucht, dann würde ich erwarten, dass es gleichzeitig kommunizieren, wie das Businessmodell dahinter aussieht und wie die Macht und das Geld hinter dem Projekt verteilt ist und wie Aufgaben und Profit (oder Verluste) verteilt werden. Nach einem bloßen Hosting sieht die Ankündigung ja nicht aus.

Wenn Freunde, Gleichgesinnte oder Gleichgetriebene so etwas machen wollen, kann es o.k. sein, dass man sich darüber keine Gedanken macht, aber wenn aus Citizen Journalisten und Personal Journalisten unter Führung eines kommerziellen Unternehmens …

Robert schreibt heute zur ReadersEdition: Netzeitung goes OhmyNews
(Das glaube zwar ich eher nicht, aber warten wir es ab. )

Ich hatte das Modell OhmyNews früher schon einmal beschrieben und im Rahmen der Internationalisierung von OhmyNews auch schon Mal versucht einen Provider für ein solches Projekt hier in Deutschland zu finden …´damals - vergeblich.

Summary:


Von OhmyNews kann man eine ganze Menge lernen für solch ein Projekt:

Wie man die Mitstreiter findet, bei der Qualifikation mithilft, die Gruppe und Einzelne ‘motiviert’ und über die ‘Leser’ die Bezahlung steuert. OhmyNews macht ja schon seit Jahren Profit, macht auch Print und Radio und hat eine internationale (Englisch) Edition und andere sind in Vorbereitung oder gar auf der Rampe.

Inzwischen gibt es eine ganze Menge andere Leute, Medien, Portale von denen man 'Best Practice', Tipps und Musterlösungen abfingern und/oder nacherfinden kann

- ob es um den Bewertung (Credits) der Beiträge geht (und die sog. Citizen Journalisten 50 % der Top 10 Plätze in der Lesermeinung ergattern

- ob es um die Qualifizierung der sog. Citizen / Personal Journalisten (da hat sich jetzt ja insbesondere BBC engagiert)

- wie man’s nicht nur ‘besser’ macht, sondern auch profitabel ist u.v.a.m.


Eine (von vielen) reichhaltigen Quelle für das Thema ist auch Cyberjournalist.net

In meinem Newletter gibt es einige Informationen und Links (in die Suche 'OhmyNews' / 'Citizen' eingeben)
z. B. zum 5. Geburtstag von OhmyNews im Februar 2005 (ja so lange gibt es die schon!)

und natürlich hier im Blog unter dem Stichwort „Citizen“
z.B. zum Internationalen Citizen Reporters' Forum

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Happy 5th Birthday "OhmyNews"!

On February 22, 2000 OhmyNews, one of the front runners of citizen reporting, the Korean Website OhmyNews went online. Happy Birthday OhmyNews!

Oh Yeon Ho (he was a magazine journalist before he had his satory on citizen reporting) started this "venture" with 3 colleges and more than 700 Korean citizen reporters, has succeeded in starting this sign post of citizen publishing and is still full of ideas.

Today OhmyNews has about 14 mio. readers / users, about 37.000 reporter have signed the Citizen Reporter Agreement and Code of Ethics and about 17.000 have published on the website in one or the other way (reports, comments, critic, etc). The pay according to popularity (counting views, downloads) and introduced tipping (top result: more than 20.000 USD in just two days for Kim Young-Ok).

Meanwhile OhmyNews offers their reporters qualified training and most of the fulltime editors are converts (the other way round!). About 20 % of content comes now from full-time reporter and 80 % from citizen reporters. 70 per cent of the revenue is from advertising. OhmyNews went profitable in 2003 - and is still profitable and growing.

In 2003 OhmyNews started as a print edition (circulation is about 100.000), with Newscast Audio and Video on the Website - now even with a regular program schedule.

Since June 2004 OhmyNews International in English is Online (the only part I can read from OhmyNews) and working hard to build up their global citizen reporter network. In January 2005 they had their first gathering of its European citizen reporters in Bruxelles to understand more about what is going on in Europe and Europe's media szene and I'm sure there is more to come.

So if you are interested, check it out!

Here is OhmyNews simple and straight forward
OhmyNews Citizen Reporter Agreement and Code of Ethics
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