Just ran across a story in Newsweek online that reminded me about Ohmynews, a Korean Web-based journal. I'd assumed that it was entirely in Korean, but it does have an English version. You can visit it at OhmyNews International.
The principle here is that the ordinary person can be a reporter, and thousands of people (now including non-Koreans) are submitting stories. Even if they get published, they don't make much money. But they give a very interesting view of the world from the viewpoint of amateur journalists.
Ohmynews is also looking for English-language contributions. This could be your big break!