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Benjamin Gotts wants your help.
"I am a PhD student from the Sociology Department at the University of Aberdeen. I am carrying out a study to find out about the nature of online news work, particularly the social forces that are reshaping the public's relationship to news media and the ways in which news work and news-workers are affected by technological change.
Drawing on previous arguments that weblogs or 'blogs' are a new 'postmodern' form of journalism, I am looking to understand how ordinary citizens, empowered by digital technologies that connect throughout the globe, are contributing to and participating in their own kind of news and the way this is fed back into the presentation of news in the media.
In order to do this, I need to undertake online interviews with bloggers about their motivations for posting items, their expectations of the outcome and their general opinions about the impact of blogging on the democratisation of news programmes. Of course, not all bloggers chose to leave contact details, therefore I am writing to seek your permission to post a message on your website, outlining my study and requesting interested readers to contact me for interview purposes.
The questionnaire includes a variety of questions regarding attitudes towards 'civic journalism,' the relationship between journalists and audiences, and the quality and value of online content and discussion. The purpose of this questionnaire is to further our knowledge of the extent to which journalistic norms and practices are being applied to online media, the extent to which online journalists are adopting non-traditional approaches, and extent to which journalistic practices are used by bloggers who may never have set foot in a newsroom"