This site is part of my undergraduate project looking into whether journalistic weblogs are forming an alternative to mainstream news sites or becoming part of a regular user's news intake.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

End of questionnaires

Apologies for not updating sooner, in between reading Chomsky for my Political Communications course and Feist for my Law Ethics essay, I've been ill, although much better now. Last year a 4th Year student told me that studying ruins the social life, it ruins more than that!

After emailing approximately 100 weblogs that were of a journalistic nature, I have had 46 responses from bloggers and 299 responses from users. Amazing! I'm current writing up my dissertation and will now close the questionnaires.

My criteria for choosing these weblogs were as follows:

1. That the weblog had been updated within the last week of viewing (although I emailed one site which was no longer active, pointed out to me by the blogger himself via email, so an alternative was found).
2. That the content of posts was reporting news worthy issues. When I say news worthy, this could be local, international, current events or political news. This excludes areas of sport, celebritism etc.
3. That the content was in English.
4. If I found a site that met these requirements which had links to other weblogs (blogroll), then I would proceed to check every fourth link, under the same criteria.

I also tried to make sure that I contacted a range of weblogs indiscriminately. I have contacted bloggers based in Europe, Philippines, Iraq, the United States, and Canada. Some sites had male bloggers, some female and some were group run. I asked all if they could link my site or inform their readers about my investigation.

I would like to thank everyone who took part, the number of results has far exceeded my expectations! I'll make sure and post up personal acknowledgements later in the week (and post more often).


Thursday, March 30, 2006

Links etc

I'd just like to say thank you very much to everyone who has emailed and/or taken the questionnaire (how to take the questionnaire and extra information is in the posts below!). In one day I've had 79 responses from users of journalistic weblogs, and 15 responses from bloggers. Hopefully news spreads about this investigation and even more people respond tomorrow! I think an amazing part of this research is that I'm understanding what it is to blog myself, and enjoy the interactivity.

Anyway, I'd like to point you to the links, where I've added a number of the weblogs I have contacted. Some are from the US, some from the UK, a few from Canada and I included the PCIJ from the Philippines because it's a brilliant news site. If you think there are any journalistic weblogs (from whatever country, so long as they have a format in English) that I should investigate please let me know.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Monday, March 13, 2006


Here are the links for the questionnaire. I've made a seperate questionnaire for users of journalistic weblogs, and for bloggers of such sites. All respondants will remain anonymous. All the information on this investigation is in my first post below.



Click here to take the Online Questionnaire for users of journalistic weblogs

Click here to take the Online Questionnaire for bloggers of journalistic weblogs

Wednesday, February 22, 2006



Welcome to my blog investigating journalism in weblogs. My name is Alastair and I am currently studying Publishing with Journalism at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. I am in year 4 and this site is part of my dissertation research.

The intention of this project is to look at what role weblogs of a journalistic nature play in a user's consumption of news online. Are journalistic weblogs used as a sole news source by internet users? Is the popularity of these sites increasing like blogging in general? What inclines people to find and regularly read journalistic weblogs?

Shortly there will be a questionnaire link posted up. Anyone who would like to take this (whether a reader or blogger), would be helping me greatly in my research.

Thanks for reading and feel free to get in contact if you have any questions: