NZ Politics Daily

March 11th, 2011 at 2:05 pm by David Farrar

Otago University Politics Lecturer Bryce Edwards has been producing a daily politics summary for the last two weeks. It must take him hours to do, and is hugely useful to political junkies.

He does a summary of the major issues with his commentary, and then provides links (or pdf copies in the e-mail version) to several dozen stories that have appeared on media on blogsites. They’re helpfully grouped together by topic.

I am already quite addicted to it. While I see most of the stories that Bryce compiles, there are always a few I have not seen. I recommend you check it out every day.

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6 Responses to “NZ Politics Daily”

  1. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    Agreed. An incredibly useful resource.

    Or should that be credibly useful?

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  2. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    I second that. And doubly valuable now Bryce is adding his own erudite insights.

    Trouble is, I open my inbox every day with the fear that this will be the day he burns out, and it’s not there any more.

    He’s seeking sponsors, so if anyone has a politics-related business they want to advertise, it’ll help him pay for some elves. I intend to use it myself, but first I need time to finish my website so I have somwhere to send people to… *sigh*

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  3. Bryce Edwards (248 comments) says:

    Thanks for the plug David.

    Just to clarify, there are two versions of “NZ Politics Daily” that I put out Monday to Friday:

    [1] An electronic PDF that I email out about 120 subscribers. The document contains copies of all the “best” items about New Zealand politics from the last day or so. Mostly it’s material from the mainstream media and the blogosphere, and includes links to broadcast material such as that on TVNZ, TV3 and Radio NZ, but there’s also sometimes links to academic research and publishing. My selection criterion for inclusion is simply anything that is “informative, insightful, interesting or influential”. I make no endorsement of the material included. Obviously I’ll never be able to satisfy everyone, but I try to include material from a diverse range of ideological perspectives. The document is normally about 40-70 pages long, and it begins with a summary of the highlights, and then has a table of contents page with hyperlinks (which means you can click on them and jump to the particular item in the document). I’ve been doing this since the start of the year. Those on the list are mostly academics, political journalists, or bloggers. But there’s also a few MPs, unionists, NGO staff, and PR practitioners. I’m very happy to sign anyone else up that wants to use the document for research purposes – for example, Politics students, policy analysts, or activists. Just email me: bryce.edwards [@] otago.ac.nz

    [2] Recently I’ve started to put all the links up in a daily post on my blog (www.liberation.org.nz) without all the full text of the document. So for some people who don’t want to receive the whole substantial daily document, you might want to just read the blog. If you use RSS feeds, then you can subscribe to these on your Google Reader (or otherwise) using: one of the following RSS feeds:
    http://liberation.typepad.com/liberation/atom.xml
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/~u/liberation

    NZ Politics Daily is still just a bit of an experiment. And it’s still evolving. At the moment I’m committed to producing it until the election. But it does indeed take a fair bit of time, so I’m still looking for ways of either cutting down on the work involved or else finding some sort of independent funding so as hire a research assistant to help me out. Please let me know if you have any great ideas!

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  4. SBY (121 comments) says:

    Keep up the good work, Bryce. I’m a big fan.

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  5. dave (988 comments) says:

    Otago University Politics Lecturer Bryce Edwards has been producing a daily politics summary for the last two weeks
    Since the middle of January, actually…

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  6. Paul G. Buchanan (294 comments) says:

    Question to Bryce:

    Does this count to your PBRF? If so, how is that considered to be scholarly achievement? If not, how do you reconcile the time it takes to compile this daily synopsis with the demands of “real” scholarly writing, to say nothing of PBRF? How do your academic bosses feel about it?

    I agree that you provide a useful service for those focused on NZ political life.

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