Friday, February 26, 2016

WDT: Change of Course

    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.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/opinion/righting-a-wrong-ogdensburg-city-manager-reverses-weekly-email-update-policy-20160226

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Since the WDT's is the paper of record,they fall under the freedom of information Act. Maybe the city manger should return this type of harassment with FOIL requests of the newspaper. Or better yet, pick another paper of record. I am sure the Post Standard would volunteer for the job.

Anonymous said...

Why would such a small city need a manager. Can't see how the salary could be justified.

Anonymous said...

Dont jump to the conclusion that they embaressed this lady.. Your like a lot of people Jeff and jump to the conclusion immediately that when someone does something right or good they are weak.. Lets see if the Journal or Times print the entire letter or will they just pick and chose what they want highlighted and important.. In this case the five people who wanted to keep them secret are right, the paper just wanted info to manipulate i nto stories they wanted. Time will tell..
Time will also tell if the Newbes Davis and Price get to Morley or will Morley just continue to work for the people.. Not right to try to get to someone because he asks too many questions and their meetings get to long... Davis and Price have already forgot who elected them and seem to feel they run the show now.

Anonymous said...

Christ, there are some dumb f----ing people posting on here. You must wonder at times, what drives this site . Aggregating other aggregated
news articles, or curiosity about what some moron is going to say about them ?

Anonymous said...

Some would say this only became an issue when the Johnsons reduced their presence in Ogdensburg. Back in the day the Chuck Kellys. Jim Reagens and Beth Grahams would have been talking to the mayor, councilors, city managers and city residents to find out what was going on the in the city. They wpuldn't have been begging for a handout. This is yet another sign of a loss of a media presence in our communiity, not a great victory for the first amendment. The Journal's office is across the street from the city hall so it wouldn;t take a lot of shoe leather to get that information, even if it wasn't posted on line. I miss those Sunday mornings when I was shaking my head at something I read in Kelly's Comments.