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 That the weblog had been updated within the last week of viewing (although I emailed one site which was no longer active, pointed out to me by the blogger himself via email, so an alternative was found).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).