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Overseas residents of Korea take action through OhmyOlle

Hundred Thousands People club’s web page

“It took 40 hours to participate in the election for overseas residents. I felt like joining an independent movement. Let’s engage in it together.” A viewer from India said, who spent two days to vote in the Korean presidential election.

As soon as his story was introduced during OhmyOlle, there were immense responses from overseas residents which unceasingly continued.

“I am so proud of what you did to vote and in following you I will also do it pleasantly.” One of the residents abroad said.

The Presidential special edition show ‘OhmyOlle’ of ‘Ohmy TV’ has successfully been hit the ground running domestically and internationally, in particular overseas residents have shown fervent responses. Overseas Koreans made up 10% of all voters and it has been consistently pointed out that the relevant system to support voting for overseas residents lagged behind badly. In such circumstances, OhmyOlle has provided useful information and vivid sites related to each campaign. It was estimated to reach 104 countries where overseas Koreans watched the show.

One of the problems with the show is that no one knows when the show starts and ends. There were no commercial ads during the show and it has been run only by a hundred thousand people club (100,000 people club) which is supported by the membership of OhmyNews. Once viewers noticed this fact, there has been an increasing number of members to apply for the club.

* What is the Hundred Thousands People club (abbreviation ‘HTP Club’) ?

In 2008, OhmyNews extensively covered the Candlelight Vigil about BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) issue that major news were reluctant to report, since then not only public commercials but also business commercials were cut off. To the effect of supporting the citizen-participated media, HTP appeared with the motto to be financially independent by conscious citizens with awareness to act.

** For the relavant information in Korean

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/10manin

Web page: http://goo.gl/34TT

*** For the relavant article in Korean: http://bit.ly/VrawdT

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12 2012

When Hyperlocal Isn’t Local

There is debate on the relevance and sustainability of hyperlocal news sites. Yet what about when a hyperlocal site is more popular with outsiders than it is with the local community?

That’s what has been the situation with Alive in Lybia. Small World News talks to Seraj ElAlem, Alive in Lybia’s Bureau Chief in Benghazi.

Talking Hyperlocal with Alive in Libya’s Bureau Chief

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07 2011

The Newsosaur Responds to J-Lab

We reported recently on Jan Schaffer’s (J-Lab) findings in her research on community news sites. Alan Mutter (Reflections of a Newsosaur) chimes in with his comments, particularly about the economic sustainability of such projects. One-third of organizations funded by J-Lab’s New Voices have gone belly up, and the rest survive because of sacrifices made by the organizers–as in little or no pay.

Yet Mutter points out that the survival rate of the New Voices projects mirrors that of American small business start-ups.

So how can community news sites become businesses without sacrificing their, um, souls?

Actually, before commenting here, read the comments on Newsosaur.

‘Community news sites are not a business yet’ (Reflections of a Newsosaur)

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10 2010

Americans Reading More News–Online

On a somewhat more positive note for online citizen journalists, The Pew Research Center for People & the Press reports that Americans are using more news these days. Traditional outlets have flatlined or gone down as online sources, including podcasts, social networks and cell phones have gone up to 44% of the American public. Online news is about on par with radio news and has surpassed print news. Television has leveled a bit after a big drop from the 1990s. But it’s not just a case of shirking one medium for another. Americans are integrating different media into their daily lives, but more highly educated people depend on digital news than traditional news.

I knew we had smart readers.

Americans Spending More Time Following the News

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09 2010

Don’t Fear Fox, Fear Xinhua

A little Chinese propaganda

Credit: x-ray delta one on Flickr (CC)

Isaac Stone Fish and Tony Dokoupil in Newsweek propose an interesting outlook on the future of news. When private news organizations struggle for ad dollars, what’s to stop the Chinese government propaganda machine Xinhua from filling that void? While other news organizations are slashing their employment and overseas coverage, Xinhua is using its government’s deep pockets to increase staff and international coverage, including getting a big office in Times Square.

Even large corporate news outfits occasionally consider content from citizen journalists. How do you think Xinhua’s attitude would be?

All the Propaganda That’s Fit to Print (Newsweek)

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09 2010

Hollywood Reporter to become a Weekly

The New York Times reports that the Hollywood Reporter will move from being a daily publication to a glossy weekly one. I wonder if the NYT realizes the psychological projection they’re giving in the first paragraph.

The Hollywood Reporter has been dying a slow death for a decade, bleeding from layoffs, vanishing advertisers and diminished relevance in a news cycle now dominated by cutthroat entertainment blogs.

Sounds like someone we know, Gray Lady?

The HR’s editorial director gives this excuse:

“It’s our negligence — the way we’ve served up our content over the last couple of years has allowed some really poor competitors to emerge.”

The article then goes on to imply that these “really poor competitors” are blogs like IndieWire, TheWrap and Deadline. The elephant in the room is also Perez Hilton. He doesn’t do the serious reporting of the HR and Variety, but he has almost singlehandedly moved Hollywood news to the gossip pages and the gossip pages to the web.

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09 2010