May 2006


The Grauniad is reporting that the International Herald-Tribune has struck a deal with South Korean collborative citizen-journo project OhmyNews. Details are still sketchy, but it looks as though the paper is looking to expand its coverage in Asia by running stories written by the open-source news site’s 40,000+ freelancers.

Founded in early 2000, OhmyNews has been a major media phenomenon in Korea. It played a decisive role in the December 2002 election of president Roh Moo Hyun. Roh granted his very first post-election interview to OhmyNews. The project currently claims to have reporters in 89 countries.

-Eoin O’Carroll

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Poll conducted by GlobeScan for BBC-Reuters- Media Center released during the WeMedia conference in London May 3-4  found that "national TV" led in audience trust(82%), followed by national and regional newspapers(75%).  Lowest ranked media were: bloggers.

Other interesting findings: trust has increased globally among media sources, 1 in 4 respondents said they abandoned a news source because of distrust.

Sample size was 10,230 people surveyed in 10 countries.  Link to poll results.

— Leigh