More information on Hamilton's media policy
Here is more on Hamilton's media policy:
Explains what promoted the change of policy: http://www.joeycoleman.ca/2012/05/city-of-hamiltons-new-media-policy/
The policy itself: http://www.hamilton.ca/NR/rdonlyres/E4834CB1-4F31-45E0-BB75-4C481EDB3732/0/May16EDRMS_n306796_v1_5_6_b_CM12004a.pdf
I think they had to make this open because this meeting seems to meet so many of the policies criteria:
• a change in the way the City delivers a service (Ivor Wynne versus new stadium perhaps) or in the level of service being provided;
• good news and exciting initiatives (well, obviously )
• anything related to the City's budget or that will have an impact on citizens; (relates to our budget in a big way from the stadium build itself, to monies allotted each year for personnel working on this initiative)
• a public occurrence at a City facility;
• business successes (Ti-Cats perhaps);
• community or public meetings or any community consultation;
• visits from other levels of government to the City of Hamilton.
"Generally, a media event is for members of the media and invited stakeholders only. It is not for members of
the public." Joey just happened to get them to open this to the public. It's a big thing for our city. Really and ideally, they probably could have made a big event out of this and perhaps they still will at a future date? I wouldn't put it past Bob to host a Carmen's night. Perhaps at their new downtown facility.
Definitions of 'media' are pretty far expanding now. I would think by definition, even someone tweeting alot about news and goings on is effectively, a member of the media as they are sharing news and informing citizens.
Definition of Media:
The City of Hamilton defines media as any print, radio, television or online media outlet. This includes national,
regional, local, neighbourhood, community and ethnic media outlets, Online media refers to websites that
publish news, investigative reports, analysis, commentary, events and/or general information.