A Masters Thesis on the Political Blogosphere

via email,


Two years ago, I emailed you an invitation to participate in the New Zealand Political Bloggers’ & Blog Readers’ Surveys, as part of my thesis toward a Master of Arts from the University of Auckland.

Over 160 New Zealand political bloggers and 789 readers of New Zealand political blogs responded to these invitations, which far exceeded my expectations. The responses to these surveys provide a massive amount of data regarding the nature of the New Zealand political blogosphere, and the motivations and opinions of the political bloggers and blog readers that participate in it. Thank you again to all of those who participated – I very much appreciate it!

I am now able to share the final outcome of this research, which many of you indicated an interest in. Please follow this link to the University of Auckland ResearchSpace website, where my thesis is available in full: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/5809

I am interested in continuing to track how New Zealand political blogging continues to evolve over time, and to build a time series of data that may inform further research. With that objective in mind, I intend to conduct these surveys again during July and August 2010.

If you are interested in participating in this research again, please respond to this email so that I may include you in the next invitation. I also welcome any comments or questions that you may have about this research, or suggestions that would improve these future surveys.

Thanks again and kind regards,

Andrew Cushen

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.