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Missouri Medal for Journalism Goes to OhmyNews CEO
Oh Yeon Ho says he'd like to share the honor with 60,000 citizen reporters
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Published 2007-09-12 08:42 (KST)   
Oh Yeon Ho, president and CEO of OhmyNews, received the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, probably best known as the home to the study of journalism.

The University of Missouri-Columbia stated the reasons for the award in its press release on Sept. 6: "Oh Yeon Ho is a worldwide leader in citizen journalism and founder of OhmyNews, an international media outlet operating under the motto 'Every citizen is a reporter.' Now the site boasts more than 60,000 citizen reporters worldwide. Citizen reporters work from more than 100 countries worldwide, contributing stories of local, national and international interest."

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Oh Yeon Ho was selected for this year's Honor together with nine other people. The Missouri School of Journalism has awarded its long standing award, the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism since 1930.

Oh Yeon Ho expressed that he wanted to share this honor with OhmyNews' 60,000 citizen reporters in Korea and abroad who participated in the experiments since the establishment of the site in 2000 and also with the staff members who willingly devoted their youth to flourishing citizen journalism.

He said, "I am gratified that such an internationally well-known, accomplished journalism school noticed our new media experiments in the Internet -- particularly citizen participatory journalism -- and recognized them seriously". He added up that this honor would be the most meaningful award that OhmyNews and he himself have ever received.

The medalists will be honored on Oct, 9 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Oh Yeon Ho will present a master class on the topic of 'Citizen Journalism, the Experiment of OhmyNews' to graduate students of the Missouri School of Journalism on the day after the award ceremony. He will also give guest lectures at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley later.

Following are the 10 medalists of the 2007 Honor presented in the press release by the University of Missouri-Columbia:

  • Dean Baquet, Washington bureau chief and assistant managing editor for The New York Times
  • Wayne M. Brasler, journalism chairman and adviser at the University of Chicago High School
  • Dirck Halstead, editor and publisher of The Digital Journalist
  • Frances L. Lewine, former White House correspondent for The Associated Press ; assignment editor and field producer for CNN
  • Paula Madison, executive vice president of diversity for NBC Universal
  • Russ Mitchell, anchor and correspondent for CBS News
  • Oh Yeon Ho, founder of citizen journalism Web site OhmyNews
  • Mary Beth Price, founder of Empower MediaMarketing
  • William C. Price, chairman/CEO of Empower MediaMarketing
  • Ruth Reichl, editor in chief of Gourmet magazine

    [Bio] Oh Yeon Ho
    Founder, citizen journalism Web site OhmyNews

    Oh Yeon Ho is a leader in citizen journalism and founder of OhmyNews, an international media outlet operating under the motto "Every citizen is a reporter." In 2000, Mr. Oh created OhmyNews in his native South Korea as an online media experiment that began with 727 citizen reporters. Now the site boasts more than 60,000 citizen reporters worldwide and 65 full-time staff reporters. Citizen reporters work from more than 100 countries worldwide, contributing stories of local, national and international interest.

    His latest book, OhmyNews Story, details his journey in launching OhmyNews and earning international recognition for his unique citizen reporter concept. Mr. Oh began his career as a staff reporter for Mahl, a liberal Korean monthly magazine, after earning a degree in Korean literature from Yonsei University. He was a Washington, D.C., correspondent for Mahl and later served as the magazine's chief of staff. Mr. Oh has published numerous independent books and collections about his experiences as a South Korean journalist. He earned a master's degree in journalism from Regent University in Virginia and a doctoral degree in journalism from Sogang University.

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