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Journalism and Twitter


Is it possible to be protected from the press without notice to use my Twitter? Not long ago, Jeong-eun Seo (24) was embarrassed to hear that her tweet was quoted in some articles because no one from relevant press asked her permission and even they have not reported any other notice. Twitter is a useful material to write articles because of simplicity but the problem often arise when considerably high rate of journalists writes a story using tweets without permission from the users.

Some argue that such behavior obviously infringes intellectual property rights. However, it seems to be very difficult to solve this problem due to vague laws in terms of Twitter property rights. The latest judgment of federal district court in the US implies the significance of property rights in which contents posted in Twitter also must be protected as a property right.

It seems that it should be undertaken to have profound discussion and agreement to protect the Twitters’ property rights. Base on public opinions, enacting law related to SNS service platform such as Twitter should be an urgent priority.

* For the original article in Korean: (by  Yeonghun Kim)



04 2013

[Healing Olle] Shall we have a healing time?

Oh and Seo interviewed a citizen who prepared yellow chrysanthemum for Healing Olle on the 24th

On the presidential election, the conservative ruling party’s Geun-hye Park earned 15,773,128 votes and the opposition Democratic United Party’s Jae-in Moon got 14,692,632 votes.

Since Korea elected its first woman president, Moon’s supporters have spent their days devastated. OhmyNews invited them to have healing time. On the 24th, Christmas eve, at 12 p.m. there will be a flashmob in front of a bronze statue of Admiral Yi Sun-shin in Gwanghwamun square. At first, those who are coming will have the time to hug and exchange postcards with each other.

There will be a second part in Seacho-dong. Healing Olle will visit the Peace Foundation, whose director is Yeo-jun Yun and he received a fervent response for his supporting speech. At 2:30 p.m. the famous Pomnyun, a buddhist monk will have his lecture to heal those who have been in panic. Pomnyun quotes are also widely shared online.

The main presenter will be Yeon-ho Oh who is the founder and a representative journalist of OhmyNews and Proffesor Hae-seong Seo will join.  Moreover there will be special guests coming. It will be live, in real time. It will be possible to participate in the chat room or through phone calls in addition to visiting the site.

* For the relavant article in Korean:

** For Pomnyun’s relavant article : (The Newyork Times)


12 2012

OhmyNews, the way to stand up against the mainstream media with citizens’ active participation

A just married couple encouraged citizens to vote with two MCs during the Presidential Olle

“We have to establish the first organ of the public by citizens in the world.”

The above suggestion comes from the Hundred Thousand People club (acronym HTP club) members.

“I was shocked by two things on election night. One was because of the result of the presidential election, and the other was the quick action taken by citizens after the result came out. There has been some unaccounted-for situations such as the increase in number of the membership of the HTP club, even after we went off the air of the Presidential election Olle, which was the special edition of the Ohmytv live show.” Hyung-suk Park said, who is the team leader of the HTP club.

OhmyNews is a progressive media outlet whose philosophy is ‘open progress’.

“We are consistently seeking valuable change in the world. The conservative media has prevailed in the Korean media market for a long time. We aim for a 5:5 proportion between the conservative and progressive press” Yeon-ho Oh said, who is the founder and a representative journalist of OhmyNews.

Yeon-ho Oh and Hae-seong Seo, who are two presenters in Gwanghwamun square during the Presidential Olle

A considerable number of the audience for OhmyOlle consists of those who desire to regime change. Yet they did not see their dream comes true. Moon Jae-in lost the election. The conservative ruling party’s Geun-hye Park earned 15,773,128 votes and the opposition Democratic United Party’s Jae-in Moon got 14,692,632 votes. Moon’s supporters who wanted to change the government seemed to be disappointed. However, their frustration has sublimated in voluntary participation for the membership of the HTP club.

The next day of the presidential election, surprisingly there has been dramatically increase in the number of memberships for HTP club.

“It transpired that many audience members recommended our club to citizens through both online and offline to maintain a balanced media environment.” Hyung-suk Park said.

* For the relavant article in Korean:


12 2012

Journalists exposed for their biased coverage of England riots

News outlets need to be held to account for their coverage of the headline-hitting English riots, a new report has argued.

Media and the Riots: A Call for Action, published on the first anniversary of the Tottenham, north London, riot which took place last August, is the first report to examine the impact of the mainstream print and broadcast media’s reporting on the communities most affected.

The report, written by University of Leicester sociologist Dr Leah Bassel, reflects the views of those people who attended the Media and the Riots conference held by the Citizen Journalism Educational Trust and in November.

Read more about the Media and the Riots – A Call For Action report on The-Latest.Com:

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Shuttle Discovery Citizen Photospotting

On my Facebook wall yesterday, every now and then a friend would pop up to say they had seen the space shuttle Discovery being piggybacked by a plane. These were not just the odd enthusiasts. This journey was photographed by hordes of people and posted around the internet. You could say it was a shared cultural moment that used the internet instead of broadcast media. Would it constitute a pop culture moment?

Discovery’s last voyage as seen from below (CNET)

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04 2012

Can Pinterest survive without copyrighted content?

Rapidly growing  social media website Pinterest has bowed to pressure from photographers and copyright holders who complained that the “sharing” site had allowed its users to post content that did not belong to them.

Pinterest is reforming its terms of service, asking users to only post content they created, or content they have explicit permission to publish according to The

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04 2012

Are you YouTube’s next celebrity vlogger?


Huge video sharing website YouTube is offering users an opportunity to become “internet stars” by entering their video blogging competition.

The YouTube Next Vlogger contest is part of the company’s Next Creator initiative which seeks to help promising artistes develop their skills and build up a following.

The competition is open to candidates from Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and America.

Video blogging is one of the most popular types of activity on YouTube where almost anyone can submit film on topics ranging from accounts of the riots which occurred in the UK last summer, reviews of new movies and music albums to instructional “how to” blogs.

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03 2012

Facebook ‘Common Sense’

Last September, I was experiencing the first probable feelable shock of an earthquake in my life. I was riding towards my room on my bike that evening. On reaching the center of the Sankhamul Bridge of Kathmandu, my bike got stopped. Suddenly, the 8.9 scaled quake started swinging the bridge. After seeing the public scampering, my heartbeat also got faster because of fright. I was thinking, the bridge may break down. After escaping out, I was so eager to update my Facebook status about this most memorable incident. Through the hurdles in network connections, I accomplished the job of updating. Some friends liked and some of them commented on it.

Besides the comments, I admired something else. The wall of this social network was filled up with current updates about the recent quakes. Casualties, damages, intensity on different areas were all seen in the posts of the users. Facebook at that time stood as an open portal for citizen journalism. Merely 10 percent of my Facebook friends are journalists working for different media or freelancing, but I was seeing the posts from about 50 percent of my friends who have not done their first reporting. I was getting the updates from most of the districts in just seconds.

“No one has to be a professional Journalist to disseminate the Information or news.”

This statement has been proven because Facebook was the only news source for me that day. Most of the radios and TVs were playing music. Some were talking about politics and some were scrolling flash news. But naively I was searching for full details about the casualties in the areas of my concern, which may be my homeland or somewhere else. But none of the media were providing the full details. I thanked my friends for updating their statuses. I, too, was updating my experience and perceptions about the quake, through which my friends abroad could get informed. After that day, I am always thinking and searching for ways to use this social portal as a space for citizen journalism. If used decently, Facebook permits us to get a lot of news, information and updates through an individual citizen journalist. In my sense, every Facebook user is a journalist who may be narrowcasting, but is propagating the news. All of us, you and I.

You may be wondering what I mean by decency. I do have another experience to share. I have liked some interesting Facebook fan pages. Some of the pages I have liked contain more than seventy thousand likes. One day I got the sad news of the demise of Ram Man Trishit, the popular music artist from Nepal. Again Facebook was the medium to give me the news.

“May his soul RIP,” I wrote on the status of With a profound heart, I was just signing-off, my eyes scanning loosely over notifications. Some of the users liked the status were there was written, “Ram Man Trishit is no-more.” I didn’t feel, I should say something to them because it is just common sense that no one likes his demise.

After the demise of Dalit-Activist Subas Darnal, many were writing on his Facebook wall. Some of them were stating, “I am sad to listen the news of your death, I do not believe it,” and some were writing, “Is this news true?”

Where had the common sense of those users been? Do they not know that the dead cannot answer their questions and comment on their status posts? Again the question of common sense arises.

The same is happening nowadays. The vulgar posts on Facebook walls also lack common sense. If you want to read more about those unbelievable offensive stories by clicking on ‘Follow,’ you will definitely get the same problems as these. If you want to get rid of those stories posted on the walls of your friends by your name, just click on ‘Report as Spam.’ You can see this option to the right of the story post.

Finally, it’s my conviction that Facebook is an open slam-book protected with passwords. If used decently it is a space for sharing feelings but it is also a destructive technology if we forget the universal concern of common sense. Again I say, use Facebook as a diary, to share your experience as a storyteller and to share the news as Citizen- Journalist. Facebook has the largest coverage, which not only spreads your success but also your slip-ups. Mind your clicks on likes and keys on comments. That’s the rule of Facebook common sense.

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‘Twitter censorship’ raises concerns from press freedom group

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Head of new media at press freedom group Reporters Without Borders says Twitter’s ability to ‘withhold’ content from users based on local restrictions could have ‘real consequences’ for journalists.

They are preparing an open letter to the chief executive of Twitter, to raise concerns about an announcement that the social media platform now has the power to “reactively withhold” tweets from users to meet country-based restrictions.

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What could we have done to save Amy Winehouse?


Death is perhaps the one certainty in life. Most of us think that our eventual demise will be in the distant future.

This wasn’t to be the case for the soulful, bluesy and angst-ridden young singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse.

The news that the undoubtedly gifted 27-year-old award – winning Brit had died, alone in her flat in trendy Camden, northwest London and probably from a lethal cocktail of drugs and alcohol sounds like the dismal and clichéd end of life experienced by many immortalised rock stars like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix .

Amy’s physical and mental decline in the last few years has been the subject of intrusive reporting by the tabloid press in the UK and abroad. Drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders, self-harming and a disastrous marriage to co-dependent substance abuser Blake Fielder-Civil led to a number of spells in rehab clinics. Paparazzi – published photos of her near emaciated frame, covered in unsightly and meaningless tattoos, staggering out of pubs and nightclubs in the early hours of the morning were splashed across the pages of celebrity obsessed magazines. No one needed a clairvoyant to predict the probable outcome of this tragic story.

However, like many others including fans and her contemporaries I’m shocked by the brutal suddenness of Amy’s death.

The immediacy of access to news and the sharing of information on the internet has made large sections of the public feel like participants in the lives of famous people like Amy rather than voyeurs. By following the minutiae of Amy’s turbulent life on newspaper websites like Mail Online they feel a connection with her which is beyond a simple appreciation of her music.

The collective sharing of grief on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter at a life spoilt and cut short resonates with the personal experiences of those who have had an “Amy” in their lives: an alcoholic, neglectful parent or an abusive, addict partner. This outpouring of emotion should not be ridiculed.

I had an overwhelming feeling of sadness and underlying frustration when I heard about the final chapter of Amy’s life. It was the same sense of waste and futility I experienced on learning about Michael Jackson and even Paula Yates 11 years ago.

A while back Amy obtained an injunction against paparazzi photographers.  The court order banned a leading paparazzi agency from following her. Photographers were also banned from following her within 100 metres of her home and photographing Amy in her home or the home of her friends and family. According to a newspaper report, sources close to the singer said legal action was taken out of concern for the safety of Amy and those close to her.

Amy’s seemingly devoted father Mitch will be devastated I thought. Why wasn’t he with her or why wasn’t anyone with her? Why was she left on her own? I asked myself. She was weak and vulnerable.

A friend commented that if he was Amy’s manager he’d have kept a watch on her 24/7.

What could I have done to help Amy? The answer is nothing. The reality is I didn’t know her.

*A blog post written by Deborah Hobson and reproduced with permission from The-Latest.Com.

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07 2011