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A Silver Delivery Man

A silver delivery man, Gwangyeon Kim (69)


Nowadays, it has been a familiar sight on a Korean subway that there are old people, who head somewhere busily with flower baskets or brief cases. They are called the silver delivery men. They are over 65 years old, whose transport is the metropolitan subway for free. This elderly delivery service has become one of rising silver jobs.

Old delivery man, Gwangyeon Kim (69) said, “I do not need to use a smart phone to find a certain place. I do not know well like the young. I would rather go to a real estate office, police office or around town to ask about it. It is one of my secrets when I am working.”

Mr. Kim has been working as a delivery man for four years, and not only for a living, but this job improved the quality of his life. He said that not working made him feel dull and gloomy after retiring from his previous job, so he decided to have another one. At first, he lost 10kg (22lb) for a while due to overwork, but it helped him cope with his chronic diabetes.

He mostly delivers official documents and flower baskets. Once, Mr. Kim delivered a flower basket, which was purchased by a guy for a lady, whom he liked. However, she refused to accept it, and wanted Mr. Kim to throw it away. Mr. Kim didn’t throw it, but gave it to his wife instead. His wife really loved it.

On the other hand, his job has some dark sides as well. Compared to the current Korean minimum wage of 4,800 won per hour ($4.5), his hourly wage is far lower, which is only 3,700 won ($3.4). He is earning an average of 800,000 to 900,000 won a month or $741-$834. Additionally, since he is paid hourly, he often skips his meal or have a quick meal on the subway. He said that he was relatively paid well compared with others.

There are over 200 quick delivery service companies with old staffs mostly working under poor surroundings. It has been pointed out that these unpleasant environments need to be taken seriously by the government to improve the working condition of old workers.

* For the original article in Korean:  (by Hyeona Cha)


02 2013

Join Our Team

Reporter's notebook

Credit: sskennel on Flickr (cc)

We have been running the new version of OhmyNews International for a few months now, and we’re ready for the next phase:


We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about citizen journalism to help us curate the news about the news. Ideally, OMNI works the best when we have voices from around the world participating in the larger conversation about citizen journalism.

Here are the qualifications:

  • Passion for citizen journalism as a topic
  • Fluent in English
  • Able to use sources reliably
  • Able to communicate clearly with a distinct voice

If you are interested here’s what to do.

1. Contact us with the subject “Curator,” and tell us who you are and why you are interested.

2. If approved, we will work with you in creating posts.

3. After a trial period and approval of the Board of Curators, we will ask you to join us as a full curator.

Simple as that. There is no requirement for how many times you need to post, only when you find something interesting and relevant to citizen journalism.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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10 2010

OMNI’s New Direction


I’m OhmyNews International’s new Curator-in-chief Joe McPherson. I shall be working to create a prime resource for citizen journalism, taking what was formally the English OhmyNews in an exciting direction.

We are building a team of curators. They each will specialize in certain areas and regions. They will bring news and commentary about the state of citizen journalism in the world, along with tips and resources for citizen journalists.

We will still accept occasional original stories, but those will be through special circumstances. We prefer that you first post it on your own blog or submit it to your local citizen journalism source and tell us about it. In cases where this is not possible because of local press restrictions or if you greatly desire to have it published exclusively on OMNI, we will consider the story. Keep in mind that we are a commentary site on citizen journalism itself.

What does that mean?

Rather than report on, say, a protest in a country, we talk about how citizen journalism covered and was sourced in that protest.

We are also strong advocates of transparency in organizations. So you can watch our growing pains in real time as we work on, experiment, fail and succeed with creating the new site. It’s all in beta now. Yet here are some features that we plan to roll out.

  • Run-downs on news happening to actual journalists
  • Tips on using technology and resources to make individual journalists stand toe-to-toe with established media
  • Regular employment opportunities
  • Updates on how citizen journalists affect news culture

You can check here and follow us on Twitter (@ohmynews_intl) in the meantime. As we tweak the site, we enthusiastically welcome comments, ideas, recommendations and critiques (be nice but honest).

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09 2010

Citizen journalism…shhhh!

A San Francisco publication, SF Weekly, points out the social hazards surrounding citizen journalism. Alexia Tsotsis writes in the SF Weekly blog The Snitch:

Sometimes this new media transition thing can be so, how you say, awkward.

Awkward though it may be, the following story (assuming it is true) may have greater consequence. It follows a trend that highlights YouTube’s serious intention to develop citizen journalism. In the past few days, we’ve seen the debut of CitizenTube’s News Feed and the addition of video editing tools on the site. Here’s the latest to add to the list:

According to SFAppeal blogger Eve Batey, Google-owned video aggregator YouTube is up to some hush hush citizen journalism project here in our very own San Francisco. Apparently part of a select group of “San Francisco bloggers, writers, and digital journalists,” Batey received the below vague email earlier today…click here to see it.

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06 2010

Jay Rosen defines citizen journalism

Here’s a mental snack for the day. Check out Jay Rosen (read: 2.0 celebrity with thick black eyeglasses to match) and his definition of citizen journalism. It might seem obvious today, but was probably not so when it was published two years ago. He offers a substantive overview of the leading conversation on citizen journalism in its beginnings. The video is not to be missed.

One particular quote he pulled from another 2.0 celebrity Dan Gillmor:

As to who coined it first in its current, digital-age meaning, or at least came closest, I’m not sure there either. But I’d start with Oh Yeon Ho, founder of Korea’s OhmyNews, who said back in antiquity (2000) that “Every citizen is a reporter.” Mr. Oh is one of the real pioneers in this arena, as we would all agree.

Not that we are biased or anything.

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06 2010

In the beginning…

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.

Add content here.

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.

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06 2010