The Maryland Daily Record represents the beliefs of Salisbury, Maryland Mayor Barrie Parsons Tilghman as:
The presence of a small group of suspicious, mean-spirited people focused on the negative has grown, endangering the city’s vitality. Tilghman says some people are avoiding serving their city because it’s not worth chancing the scorn of bloggers.
A number of local bloggers then proceeded to get in touch with the offending blog offering links to their own local blogs.
Coincidentally, today is the day that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ceased publication of a print edition.
Whether we love it or hate, change is in the air.
The Tulsa World laid off 26 members of its newsroom staff earlier this year. Yet the heroic newspaper, buffeted in the winds of a recession and a years-long decline in the number of people subscribing to its product, was able to feature a story today about whether or not local government websites in Oklahoma contain information helpful to citizens.
The Tulsa paper’s article covers a project that is not dissimilar in concept to the “My Government Website” project at Sunshine Review that has produced this detailed evaluation of Oklahoma county websites.
The main difference is not in the idea: “Let’s review the websites of local government agencies in Oklahoma and see how they do”, but in whether the coverage is primarily a new media or an old media project, each with its own characteristic strengths and weaknesses.