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Available inKorean
OwnerOh Yeon Ho
LaunchedFebruary 22, 2000; 22 years ago (2000-02-22)
Current statusOnline

OhmyNews (Hangul: 오마이뉴스) is a South Korean online news website with the motto "Every Citizen is a Reporter". It was founded by Oh Yeon Ho on February 22, 2000.

It is the first news website in Korea to accept, edit and publish articles from its readers, in an open source style of news reporting.[1] About 20% of the site's content is written by the 55-person staff, while most of the articles are written by other freelance contributors who are mostly ordinary citizens.

Political position[edit]

OhmyNews is a liberal[2] and progressive[3][4] media. OhmyNews is a media that shows liberal-leaning bias, unlike the somewhat moderate liberal Hankyoreh and Kyunghyang.[5]


OhmyNews office
Oh Yeon Ho

OhmyNews was influential in determining the outcome of the 2002 South Korean presidential election.[6] After being elected, President Roh Moo-hyun granted his first interview to OhmyNews.

OhmyNews International is an English language online newspaper that features "citizen reporter" articles written by contributors from all over the globe. Its content is almost 100% citizen reporter.

On February 22, 2006, OhmyNews and Japanese firm Softbank signed an investment contract valued at US$11 million. In 2006 OhmyNews started to build a Japan-based citizen-participatory journalism site called OhmyNews Japan, launched on August 28 with a famous Japanese journalist and 22 other employees working under ten reporters. These journalists' articles were the object of much criticism;[citation needed] on November 17, 2006, the newspaper ended the citizen-participation aspect of the paper. The South Korean newspaper admitted that OhmyNews Japan had failed.[7] In July 2008, all staff of OhmyNews Japan were dismissed, and by the end of August operations had ceased on the site.

The 2nd Citizen Reporters' Forum was held by OhmyNews in Seoul, Korea from July 12–15, 2006.[8] The 3rd International Citizen Reporters Forum was held by OhmyNews in Seoul from June 27–29, 2007.

On November 24, 2007, OhmyNews opened a "citizen journalism school" to serve as a "collaborative knowledge center" for classes in journalism, digital cameras and photojournalism. It is located 90 minutes from Seoul in the refurbished building of an elementary school. The faculty will include OhmyNews editors and other journalists from print, radio and television. There is in-school lodging and dining capacity for 50 guests.

On August 1, 2010, OhMyNews of South Korea announced a change in its format from an "edited citizen journalist news site" to a "blog dedicated to covering and discussing the world of citizen journalism itself," starting the following month.

"Curators are important to our operation. They are given a great deal of trust. In order to maintain credibility amongst our team members, new curators join through recommendations of existing curators. And even amongst the curators we have different levels depending on their experience and contributions. This is to maintain a steady level of quality and credibility with our readers."[9]


Critics[who?] argue that Ohmynews is losing original features as alternative–independent media in financial independence. Oh Yeon-ho said, “70 to 80 percent of our revenue came from corporate advertising and sponsorships. In contrast, contributions from readers only totaled five percent of total revenue.” Oh also said, “We have not received a cent from Lee Myung-bak government for central government advertising.”[10] However a government report to National Assembly in 2009 revealed that Ohmynews received 120 million won (approximately 100,000 dollars) for government advertising from February 2008 to July 2009.[11] An Ohmynews report also indicated that they had received about 870 million won (approximately 900,000 dollars) for government advertising from 2003 to 2007 by introducing government official reports to National Assembly.[12]

An alternative medium Pressian reported Oh's comments, "I respect Samsung as major business partner," and introduced about 20 percent of the total advertising and cooperation revenue of Ohmynews is coming from Samsung for years, the biggest business corporate of Korea.[13]

On July 8, 2009, Oh Yeon-ho revealed that Ohmynews was losing up to 700 million won yearly, and appealed to website users to join a voluntary subscription scheme.[10]

OhmyNews International[edit]

In September 2010, OhmyNews International changed its format from citizen journalism to becoming a forum about citizen journalism. OmN became a victim of its own success; verifying facts from around the world became too difficult. The old site[14] is an archive and does not accept new articles.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Donald MacIntyre (May 29, 2005), The People's News Source. TIME, Seoul. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
  2. ^ Jeff Kaye, Stephen Quinn, ed. (2010). Funding Journalism in the Digital Age: Business Models, Strategies, Issues and Trends. Peter Lang. p. 77. ISBN 9781433106859. “Other than that we are pretty liberal.” OhmyNews also publishes a weekly broadsheet newspaper in Korean ( circulation about 150,000 ) where the best of the web makes it into print.
  3. ^ Hojeong Lee, Joong-Hwan Oh, ed. (2021). Digital Media, Online Activism, and Social Movements in Korea. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 21. ISBN 9781793642295. As a progressive political press, OhmyNews addresses issues with social significance while the mainstream media ignore or underreport them.
  4. ^ Hojeong Lee, Joong-Hwan Oh, ed. (2005). AEJMC News: The Newsletter of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Volume 39. The Association. p. 33. ... State between two polarizing online news Reporting a Humanitarian Tragedy : A University of New Jersey • This paper media , the progressive OhmyNews and the Framing Analysis of Chinese Newspaper analyses how images published in ten ...
  5. ^ "The Growing Role of Social Media in South Korea". Korea Economic Institute of America (in Korean). 13 December 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2021. Another very important contribution to Roh’s victory came from internet news service OhMyNews, a liberal-leaning news service originally built to provide an alternative news source for younger generations “disillusioned with the biased reporting of traditional media”.
  6. ^ Rebecca Mackinnon, Author, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom
  7. ^ "일본 오마이뉴스의 고전". 20 December 2006.
  8. ^ "OhmyNews International". english.ohmynews.com.
  9. ^ "About | OhmyNews International". International.ohmynews.com. 2000-02-22. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
  10. ^ a b "What Does OhmyNews Mean to You? - OhmyNews International". english.ohmynews.com.
  11. ^ "노무현 정권,오마이뉴스에 광고집중 : Save Internet 뉴데일리". Newdaily.co.kr. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
  12. ^ https://ohmynews.com/NWS_Web/view/at_pg.aspx?CNTN_CD=A0000983200&PAGE_CD=
  13. ^ "<오마이뉴스>도 삼성 칼럼 미게재 '후폭풍' - 프레시안". Pressian.com. 2010-02-25. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
  14. ^ http://english.ohmynews.com
  15. ^ Meyer, J.D. "OhMyNews redesigning to become citizen journalism blog". Digital Journal. Retrieved 6 July 2013.

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