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CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH <br />CITY COUNCIL STAFF REPORT <br />Agenda Item No. 29 <br />October 14, 2008 <br />TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL <br />FROM: City Manager's Office <br />Tara Finnigan, Public Information Manager <br />949 - 644 - 3035, tinnigan@city.newport- <br />SUBJECT: Amendments to Council Policy D -1 (Media Relations) <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />Adopt the amended City Council Policy on Media Relations (D -1) as provided as <br />Attachment A. <br />DISCUSSION: <br />Background: <br />The Newport Beach City Council first adopted a media relations policy in 1992. The <br />policy has since been amended three times with the most recent changes incorporated <br />and approved in April 2002. The draft revised policy included as Attachment A has been <br />thoroughly reviewed, amended and approved by the Media & Communications <br />Committee and the City Attorney's Office. <br />The proposed policy revisions were brought about in response to several factors, <br />including changes taking place in the traditional media. The growing popularity and <br />accessibility of digital media information has created a 24/7 news cycle. In addition, the <br />volume and complexity of issues the City faces has steadily increased. More than ever, <br />the City must be constantly prepared to promptly provide accurate information on a <br />variety of inquiries. <br />The changes contained in Attachment A represent an expansion of the existing media <br />policy to provide additional guidelines and procedures for City representatives to follow <br />when working with members of the news media. These changes are intended to further <br />clarify who can speak on behalf of the City of Newport Beach and under what conditions <br />they serve as spokespersons, what and how information is relayed, and how specific <br />circumstances such as emergency issues or errors in reporting should be handled. All <br />amendments are intended to ensure consistency in the way in which the City works with <br />the news media and to facilitate continued timely and accurate responses to media <br />inquiries. <br />