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'Korean Bloggers and Journalists Should Learn From Each Other'
[Interview] Kim Tae-woo, Korea's top blogger 'Technokimchi'
Ida Grandas (jezaky)     Print Article 
Published 2008-06-28 16:41 (KST)   
Kim Tae-woo Danny sees big potentials in the Korean blog-sphere. But it needs to become more mature.

Kim runs the blog Technokimchi, focusing on technology in Korea. On Friday, he participated as a panelist in OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters' Forum.

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Kim used to be an engineer, and he wasn't very serious when he first started blogging. It was more like a space for himself. But as time passed by, he started to get more than 10,000 visitors a day. Kim quit his job and became a full time blogger. Today, Kim is one of Korea's top bloggers.

Korea has a huge blog-sphere, and blogs often have many readers. A post on a sensitive issue can easily receive more than 10,000 comments.

Compared to other countries in the world, where people with authority such as politicians and journalists have blogs, the Korean bloggers are relatively young, and write mainly about everyday life. The bloggers are very passionate, but are not providing so much depth. People often separate blogs from media, calling it "alternative media."

Kim wants this to change. Journalists of traditional media often only stay for a short time of a place of an event.

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"They are not journalists according to me, they don't have the journalist spirit," Kim says.

Instead he is pointing out that bloggers such as Kim Jung-hwan, or "Mongu," who participated in Candlelight 2008, stay until everybody has left. Those kinds of bloggers have a bigger potential to report on the event.

Kim Tae-woo
But now all bloggers realize the power of what they write. He sees a danger in that bloggers don't see their responsibility. No one will ever come back to your blog and check if you published some wrong information.

"They don't think about being professional because they are not regarding themselves as reporters," Kim said.

Kim wants the Korean bloggers to closer think through what they are doing to make the information more credible.

"You have to learn to be a good journalist," he said.

But the change shouldn't only come from the bloggers. Kim is looking for interaction between traditional media and the bloggers. He thinks that they could learn from each other. Instead, Kim proposes journalists to help to educated bloggers.

"Blogs shouldn't be viewed as alternative, it should be a supplement to traditional media," Kim said.
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