Help a Writer Australia

And now for a message from our sponsor:

Everybody is an expert in something; chances are when you read or see a story about nearly any topic in the media, your first thought is about someone you know in that situation – it may even be you!

Zazoo, a new Internet content business I have started up with Simon van Wyk, aims to facilitate the conversation between reporters/writers and their interview subjects, and I need your help. Inspired by Peter Shankman’s Help a Reporter Out service, Zazoo is starting a similar service for Australian writers and reporters. The idea is that writers contact us with a description of people they want to interview for a story (e.g., it could be “mothers who have had a bad experience at playgroup” or “people who have lost their job because of something they published on their Facebook page”), and we send it out to our network of contacts by a broadcast email, asking them to forward it on to anyone they know who might be able to help.

All you need to do is join our Facebook group, Help a Writer Australia, and agree to receive the emails and forward the requests to appropriate people you know. That’s all there is to it! You can sign up  here – even better, encourage your connections to sign up for the email themselves! Meanwhile, if you’re a reporter, you can send me questions at Thanks in advance for your help.