Here’s a bit of advice for local councillors on how to (and how not to) use Facebook.
Following the PICamp event at Reboot Britain in July, a number of disputes have been bubbling away around the question of whether local authorities should be producing their own newspapers or not. Here are a few dips into the debate over on The Local Democracy Blog:
- Is it time for local authorities to enable many individuals to break the monopoly that their own staff have on describing their services?
- Are councils only doing this because local newspapers are letting us all down in the first place?
- If local government officers can’t be relied upon to offer a politically balanced portrait of their services, are journalists any more reliable?
- Journalists often claim to offer the required level of scepticism. Do they, instead offer a more corrosive cynicism?