OhmyNews shows how to do journalism online
With the motto “every citizen is a reporter,” 5-year-old OhmyNews has engaged its audience in ways that U.S. print and television news outlets, faced with a steep decline in readers and viewers, only dream of.
The site has a cultlike following, among both writers thrilled to see their views spread widely and readers who say they like getting an uncensored, if uneven, version of the news.
I am very much in awe of OhmyNews. They seem to have figured out the online journalism model so perfectly, and I don’t understand why we haven’t seen more American or European contenders in this space. I mean, with $10 million in revenue, 54 staff, profitable for 2 years and counting, and 70 book deals testifying to the quality of the reporting, what’s not to like?