On being a citizen reporter: an international perspective, part X


Gregory Daigle

This was a presentation by Prof. Gary Chapman to the OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters’ Forum held in Seoul, Korea on July 15. OhmyNews is one of the first and largest International Web sites for citizen journalism, the same citizen-driven content that fuels the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Dr. Chapman is Director of the 21st Century Project and a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin.

[This is the final installment on this series on the OhmyNews conference]

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On being a citizen reporter: an international perspective, part IX


Gregory Daigle

This was a presentation by Ramzy Baroud to the OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters’ Forum held in Seoul, Korea on July 15. OhmyNews is one of the first and largest International Web sites for citizen journalism, the same citizen-driven content that fuels the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

Mr. Baroud’s work has been published in hundreds of newspapers and journals worldwide, including The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, The Miami Herald, The Japan Times and Al-Ahram Weekly. He has been a guest on numerous television programs including CNN International, BBC, ABC Australia, National Public Radio, Al-Jazeera and many others. He has contributed to many anthologies and his 2002 book, Searching Jenin: Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli Invasion has received international recognition.

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On being a citizen reporter: an international perspective, part VIII


Gregory Daigle

This was a presentation by Erik Larsen, CEO of Danish citizen reporter site Flix.dk, at the OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters’ Forum held in Seoul, Korea on July 15. OhmyNews is one of the first and largest International Web sites for citizen journalism, the same citizen-driven content that fuels the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

Erik Larsen, CEO of Flix.dk (Denmark)

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On being a citizen reporter: an international perspective, part VII


Gregory Daigle

This was a presentation by Michael Weiss, co-founder of Scoop.co.il, at the OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters’ Forum held in Seoul, Korea, on July 15. Scoop is the first Israeli citizen journalism site. OhmyNews is one of the first and largest International Web sites for citizen journalism, the same citizen-driven content that fuels the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

Michael Weiss, co-founder of Scoop.co.il (Israel)

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On being a citizen reporter: an international perspective, part VI


Gregory Daigle

This was a presentation by Susan DeFife, CEO of Backfence.com, to OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters’ Forum held in Seoul, Korea on July 14. OhmyNews is one of the first and largest Web sites for citizen journalism, the same citizen-driven content that fuels the Twin Cities Daily Planet. However, in contrast to for-profit Backfence the Twin Cities Daily Planet is a project of the Twin Cities Media Alliance, a nonprofit organization.

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On being a citizen reporter: an international perspective, part V


Gregory Daigle

This was a presentation by Ethan Zucherman, co-founder of GlobalVoices Online, at the OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters’ Forum held in Seoul, Korea on July 14. GlobalVoices is sponsored by and launched from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School. A growing number of bloggers around the world are emerging as “bridge bloggers”, people who are talking about their country or region to a global audience. Global Voices is a guide to the most interesting conversations, information, and ideas appearing around the world on various forms of participatory media such as blogs, podcasts, photo sharing sites, and videoblogs.

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On being a citizen reporter: an international perspective, part IV


Gregory Daigle

This was a presentation by Bryan Nunez, Technology Manager of WITNESS, to OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters’ Forum held in Seoul, Korea on July 14. WITNESS was featured on CNN and PBS show NOW. NOW host David Brancaccio interviewed Peter Gabriel on Human Rights,devoting an entire program on Peter’s dedication to human rights issues and on WITNESS’ work. Mr. Gabriel, an internationally known musician, is on WITNESS’ Board of Directors.

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On being a citizen reporter: an international perspective, part III


Gregory Daigle

This was a presentation by J.D. Lasica, founder of Ourmedia.com, to OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters’ Forum held in Seoul, Korea on July 14.


J.D. contrasts citizen’s media with legacy (traditional) media, which he sees as being top-down, one-way, centralized, closed, imperious and heavily filtered. In other words something done to you, not for you.


Ourmedia is a 15-month-old nonprofit open source media project. People can post their media (photos, reports, video, audio) for others to see, hear or read. As an international platform for the global community it has only 20 percent of its members located in the U.S. Partners include Internet Archives, SFSU and others. Currently there are 110,000 members and 80 moderators from 14 countries involved.


Their efforts also include a Personal Media Learning Center (launched in mid June of this year) where you can go to find how to use media tools such as video recorders, video editors, audio recorders, podcasts, etc. It also explores issues of copyright usage for reporters.


Citizen media is part of a larger personal media revolution including OhmyNews, Wikipedia.org, Myspace, YouTube, Flicker, NowPublic, IndyMedia, Slashdot, Metafilter, KuroShin, Baristanet, Backfence and blog platforms: Sixapart, WordPress, Glogger and others.


What are the distinctions between traditional media and citizen’s media? Though not absolutes, these include:


- Traditional media gives lectures while citizen’s media promotes conversations.


- Traditional media assumes passive consumers while citizen’s media empowers users.


- Traditional media is one to many while citizen’s media is many to many.


- Traditional media is corporate/autocratic while citizen’s media is democratic & collaborative.


- Traditional media is composed of elite professionals while citizen’s media is consumer driven.


Playing nice with others is important since interoperability is key! The Open Media Coalition has forty different programmers combining coming together to create interoperability and sharing resources between different citizen sites. These new standards include xm, media RSS, open APIs, metadata and more.


Ourmedia wants people to partner with them, showcasing compelling citizen’s media content from partner sites on their front page. You can search for media by topic, group, top media, page views, comments and channels.


One of their partners featuring “bottom-up” film translations is dotsub.com. At dotSUB you put up any video you may have and others will translate it into other languages. For example, from English to Portuguese. If you are proficient in the originating language and others you can translate it into another language yourself. Right now they offer the choice of translating video into any of 200 languages.


You can go there to try it out yourself and try creating translations in your own language. To do so log in using “ohmy” as the username and “news” as the password.

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On being a citizen reporter: an international perspective, part II


Gregory Daigle

This is the second in a series of presentations made during the OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters’ Forum in Seoul, Korea on July 14 and 15. OhmyNews is one of the first and largest Web sites for citizen journalism, the same citizen-driven content that fuels the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

The experiences of the reporters (some use the term journalist) are varied and represent a wide range of international experiences. They have come to Seoul to meet other citizen reporters and to hear about other efforts across the globe to organize and give voice to citizen media.

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On Being a Citizen Reporter: an International Perspective


Gregory Daigle

The following is a series of presentations made during the OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters’ Forum in Seoul, Korea on July 14 and 15. OhmyNews is one of the first and largest Web sites for citizen journalism, the same citizen-driven content that fuels the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

The experiences of the reporters (some use the term journalist) are varied and represent a wide range of international experiences. They have come to Seoul to meet other citizen reporters and to hear about other efforts across the globe to organize and give voice to citizen media.

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