The local paper took a victory lap this AM , having shamed the new Ogdensburg city manager into publicly postimg her weekly internal email enumerating what is happening in city government.
The report is a way to keep Council and department heads up on what's going on. Usually it's not juicy or sensitive material, but sharing with the public does no harm and provides a positive accounting of what's getting done. Things that get done are seldom newsworthy.
In Watertown, City Council has gotten a similar email every week for the past four years but no one ever objected.
A public newsletter is also a public relations tool and means of self praise, which can draw criticism.
The call for more open dissemination and publicity is a positive trend as for years the media has railed against venues like this which do the same thing by posting photos of awards, ceremonies, and things observed by the writer that don't usually rise to the level of news.
It's a world where reaching the public can be done without going through the filter and the more of it done the better.