I'm a journalism student at Whitireia, and I'm currently working on a feature article about the relationship between the blogosphere in New Zealand and the development of public policy. I had a few questions I was hoping you might be able to help me with - and I'm happy to talk to you on or off the record.She has helpfully put all her contact details in a comment here, for those keen to be involved. I'm going to be getting in touch, although I'm not sure how much help I'll be!
Firstly, what kind of impact, if any, do you think the blogosphere had on the last election result? Do you think there are any particular issues/public policy bloggers have been most influential upon? And if so, how does that relationship work?
Secondly, I want to track a case example if possible - if you can think of one that has caught your eye, I'd love to hear it.
I'm happy to talk to you about this rather than email if it's more convenient for you, and I'm really keen to hear your thoughts, or hear of anyone else you think it might be useful for me to talk to.
Sandra (Luddite Journo for short)
And then there's Idiot/Savant's NZ Progressive Bills Project, which aims to provide some ideas and support for those wanting to put up progressive Member's Bills in the new Parliament. Might be worth considering working together on something around abortion, or is it just too risky to go there in this Parliament?