Briefing: Local government and the media: how to handle bad news

Policy product type
LGiU essential policy briefing
Published date
October 5, 2017
Neil Merrick LGiU associate
Issues Covered
  • control of the situation
  • legalities
  • media relationships
  • planning
Devolution, Democracy, Scrutiny and Governance, Public Service Reform and Corporate Performance, Social media and digital technology
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