Clarify your understanding of citizen journalism. Challenge your preconceptions of what it means. Chart its future. We promise to provide you the most comprehensive and up-to-date discussion on citizen journalism.
Who: We are a small team based at OhmyNews in Seoul, South Korea. We are international journalists; we know technology; and we are curious about the global progress of citizen journalism. And we adore coffee always.
From our perch at OhmyNews, we have first-hand access and experience in citizen journalism. A decade since its pioneering start in 2000, OhmyNews receives 150 stories each day from 62,000 citizen contributors. The citizen journalism organization employs 70 full-time editors and reporters.
What: 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?
Where: This space exists to serve you, wherever you live. Our goal is to be as global as possible. We operate out of Seoul, where the technological revolution started a decade ago. GPS trackers for buses, cell phones with television access and the latest wireless networks are commonplace here. We intend to share our observations on the speedy development.
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When: Now. A press release goes out July 8, 2010 at the OhmyNews International Journalism Forum in Seoul.
Why: A one-stop shop for all things citizen journalism did not exist. This was a hole in the conversation about media and the Internet, and our position at OhmyNews means we are the best people to fill it. We see citizen journalism as a way to promote important subjects like free speech, identity, and privacy. And so, we want to offer a place to gauge the present and decide its future.
How: OMNI adds to the citizen journalism conversation in three ways.
(1) expose our own sourcelist. The Aggregator tab shows all the citizen journalism feeds we are currently tracking. Dig to your heart’s content — but be warned, it’s machine-generated, so we can’t take responsibility for the content. And if you think we’re missing something, show us the light.
(2) curate the news about citizen journalism. We highlight the most important stories of the day with our own, original reporting.
(3) publish essays on topics ranging from OhmyNews itself to the latest technologies and how they will enable future citizen journalists.