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OhmyNews Citizen Reporter Awards for February
Prof. Greg Daigle, OMNI's oldest reporter Eric Shackle and OhmySchool student Park Jeong-eun win big
Todd Thacker (todd)     Print Article 
Published 2009-03-02 14:34 (KST)   
For the OhmyNews International awards this month, we kept an eye out for the top read articles which built the most buzz among our readers.

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We're happy to announce the winners for February; it's a predictably diverse group of citizen reporters in keeping with the demographics of our 6,000 reporters worldwide.

In first place, Prof. Greg Daigle, a consultant in social technologies and e-learning and former professor of industrial design, won first prize and 300,000 Korean won (approx. US$190) for his article titled "Steorn Raises the Magnetic Curtain." He looked at the passive magnetic bearings technology known as "ZeroF," assessing the claims that "magnetic technology can generate sustained work without the input of any other power source and without the degradation of the magnetic components."

Second place was our 89-year-old Australian citizen reporter and blogger Eric Shackle. His article, "Former Pin-Up Girl, Now 102, World's Oldest Columnist" is a Q&A with Margaret Caldwell, who is 102 and lives in Nevada. Mr. Shackle wins 100,000 won.

Our third citizen reporter winner is a middle school student in Korea. Park Jeong-eun attended our January OhmyNews English News Camp. Her assignment to write about a hot issue in Korea regarding the relocation of residents of a Seoul neighbourhood -- one which ended in a violent confrontation with police and the loss of lives -- resulted in an outstanding opinion piece titled, "The Yongsan Tragedy: Who Is to Blame?" Miss Park will also receive 100,000 won.

Congratulations to all our winners. Stay tuned for our March results and if you have a story you think would be of interest to OhmyNews readers, then get writing!

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