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Researching the 'My' in OhmyNews
[Report] An exploratory paper into the workings of citizen journalists in Korea
Shaun W. Sutton (shaunsutto)     Print Article 
Published 2006-09-10 09:41 (KST)   
As both a communications researcher at the University of Leeds and a fanatic of anything Korean, I have been struck by the various activities of OhmyNews citizen journalists.

Indeed, since OhmyNews' founding in early 2000, Korean news guerrillas have been attracting the attention of world leaders, media organisations, and interested academics and citizens alike.

In response, over the past six months I have been conducting a detailed academic investigation into the popularity behind the success of OhmyNews.

This investigation gives a unique insight into the Korean version of OhmyNews, and readers of OhmyNews International will no doubt find interest in the results when comparing the Korean case study to their respective countries.

The investigation's purpose has been to find out exactly why citizen journalists write articles for OhmyNews. With the support from the News Guerrilla Team in Seoul, an empirical survey was administered to a sample of OhmyNews contributors, with these results forming an important part of the research paper.

The completed paper, in PDF format, can be examined at the link below. Comments on this research are welcome.

- The 'My' in OhmyNews: Research Paper (PDF) 

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