April 20, 2006
OhMyNews: Tempered user editing

A few months back I was considering Starting a danish language user-edited newspaper, so I was interested to hear what made OhMyNews a success. Key points that aren't obvious just from blogging:

  • The editing staff is paid and professional and holds itself to the standards of mainstream media. Facts are checked, stories are pulled (30%) when they don't check out
  • Even though the site is amateur-based, there's a built in tipping system, allowing readers to reward good copy financially
  • (so OhMyNews is actually a market for newscopy)
  • The other upside for writers is the exposure - but as the example of Flix proves, you really, really don't want to reward your users without also applying strict quality control
  • While personal media is great, there's rewards in scarcity: It matters to writers to get on OhMyNews because it's hard

Posted by Claus at April 20, 2006 03:40 PM | TrackBack (0)
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