Citizen reporter and grassroots journalism

1. The story of “Citizen reporter” in Korea
1.1. Ohmynews
1.2. “Every citizen is a reporter”
1.3. In 2000, it started with 70 citizen reporters and now has more than 35,000.
1.4. A micro-payment system enables citizen reporters to make money by receiving “tips” from their readers.
1.5. More than 80% of the content of Ohmynews comes from citizen reporter.
1.6. More than 1 million people visit Ohmynews
1.7. “Citizen reporter” project in Japan: Janjan

‘OhmyNews Turned Conventional Internet Wisdom on Its Head
An article about Janjan
Ohmynews:一場打破專業壟斷的公民運動

2. Traditional journalism vs. grassroots journalism
2.1. One way vs. Two way communication
2.2. Elitist vs. grassroots
2.3. Centralized vs. dispersed
2.4. Authority (objectivity, accuracy, …) vs. Interactive democracy
2.5. “Objective” vs. Subjective
2004青年高峰會賽後報告
明報的報導

2.6. A book: We the media

Other examples:
IMC
獨立媒體中心的熱情與實用主義
Kevin’s blog

3. Blog culture
3.1. What is blog?
3.2. DIY culture
Newspaper should really worry
http://www.blogger.com/
3.3. It is very popular in China and Taiwan
3.4. In China, it’s a news channel alternative to mainstream media monopolized by governments.
3.5. In Taiwan, it becomes a culture of youth (明日報).
http://www.cnblog.com/
http://www.twblog.net/
3.6. Some Hong Kong bloggers
http://www.bloghk.com/
Anson’s blog
日不落
3.7. A useful tool: bloglines

4. In-media
4.1. A small project in Hong Kong.
4.2. A post-July 1 product.
4.3. The incident of Commercial Radio
4.4. Difficulties:
-Lack of DIY culture, such as blogger
-HK internet culture: over-communication
-HK young people are not willing to write news or comments.
-Our media consumption is still dominated by mainstream newspaper, radio and TV channels.

Other references
Discussion on the credibility of citizen reporter
電子媒體的未來
Are blogs journalism?
Blogger Legal Defense Society
網絡帶來恐懼與轉機

Academic paper
Farrell, Henry and Drezner, Daniel W. (Aug. 2004). The Power and Politics of Blogs

Blogs in the third world
Iranian Blogs

History
weblogs: a history and perspective

Writing style
Gonzo

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