Recognition of the growing importance of local news/blog sites from, of all unexpected sources, Barnet council. In its State of the Borough report (pdf), it says:
The local blogging community has expanded during 2010-11. In the last six months, almost 1,000 stories about Barnet have been posted on local blogs, and roughly 300 tweets make reference to Barnet (the Council, the place or other areas within the borough) every day.
An active and involved citizenry should be regarded as a valuable asset. The challenge for the Council and its partners is how to engage productively with residents to develop a balanced dialogue using new channels.
Not the Barnet Times, Mr Reasonable, The Barnet Eye, Broken Barnet, Barnet Bugle, and, no doubt, others have been examining the council closely. Their latest success has been to expose the MetPro security scandal which came into the public eye after bloggers noticed members of the public being filmed coming into a council meeting.
Here in Suffolk there has also been a growth in blogging and tweeting about the county council. Reports suggest the same is happening in many other places.