Communicative action and citizen journalism: A case study of OhmyNews in South Korea

Seungahn Nah, Deborah S. Chung

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Drawing on Habermas's theory of communicative action, this case study of OhmyNews in South Korea examines how citizen journalism operates in a broad organizational and social context. Through in-depth interviews with professional and citizen journalists, the study reveals that citizen journalism can be well understood at the intersection between the lifeworld and systems. Specifically, the study finds a coexistence mechanism by which citizen journalism competes, collaborates, coordinates, and compromises with professional journalism through communicative action, such as mutual understanding, reason-based discussion, and consensus building.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2297-2317
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Communication
StatePublished - 2016


  • Citizen journalism
  • In-depth interviews
  • Professional journalism
  • Systems
  • The lifeworld
  • Theory of communicative action

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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