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Naver Stops News Editing

Posted July. 02, 2008 08:19,   


Naver, Korea’s number one Web portal run by NHN, announced that it would stop editing its news service.

Naver’s new policy is expected to have a significant impact on the overall culture of Korea’s portal industry, since it signifies a major change in the management practice of a Web portal, which has been accused of being irresponsible, though it enjoys social influence.

NHN CEO Choi Hui-young said in a press conference held Tuesday at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, “We will stop editing our news service shown at the center of our homepage. We decided to commission the editing right to individual media outlets and users.”

Thus, the section that showed “major news articles” selected by the Naver news team will disappear from the news box of Naver’s homepage.

Instead, the Web portal will allow individual users to select media outlets to be included in the news box and individual media outlets to edit their own news boxes.

Choi said, “We’ve been feeling the limitations of disclosing a few articles selected based on our criteria to an audience of more than 10 million people. We feel that media outlets should be able to determine the importance of articles and edit them, themselves.”

He added, “I believe that this change will lead to better agenda setting in society. Naver will concentrate its competency on achieving the original goal of ‘advancement of the information platform.’”

Naver is planning to finalize its new news service through consultation with media outlets and begin implementation in the second half of this year.

An expert said, “So far, Web portals’ news editing function has often distorted public opinion by equalizing news articles, regardless of whether they are unverified articles or articles from authoritative media outlets.”

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