I have been often asked about whether blogs will change or revolutionize journalism. I have ambivalent feelings about this, because I love the feel of a newspaper or magazine, and don’t want them to go away.
However, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the many-to-one form of communication is taking a hit in all areas. Advertising, PR, political campaigns. Consider this statement, that’s not from some slick e-commerce research unit in the US:
“Every citizen’s a reporter. Journalists aren’t some exotic species, they’re everyone who seeks to take new developments, put them into writing, and share them with others.”
It’s from a new media outfit in South Korea, called Ohmynews, based on the belief that that ‘citizen reporters’ have more information to share than ‘privileged reporters.’
Click on the link that says ‘English’ on the top left.
OhMyNews is not a blog, but is based on that same principle of a medium in which many can participate.
The New York Times reported that the site gets some 14 million hits a day. This translates into about nearly a third of the S. Korean population.