story out of theYoungstown Vindicator in Ohio should show how the system should work.
Attorney General Marc Dann's policy goes even further than the one recommended by Gov. Blunt recently. According to the article, Dann requires that any private e-mail accounts "that are used to conduct public business" are subject to disclosure.
The Vindicator article noted that most of Dann's e-mails that the newspaper checked were either to or from his chief of administration and policy, former Joplin Globe Editor Ed Simpson, and that Dann has set up a Google alert to tell him whenever his name is mentioned in a blog:
Dann was apparently amused when he forwarded a post to Simpson from a blog run by a middle school teacher and former newspaper editor and publisher in Joplin, Mo. Dann received the blog post from his "Google alert" set-up. Simpson quit his job as editor of The Joplin Globe to work for Dann. The blog post states if Simpson "was looking for a new job with plenty of challenges when he left Missouri ... he should be a happy man."
Dann added: "It's good to be loved" as a personal comment.
Thanks for the promotion, but thankfully for the world of newspaper journalism, I never served as a publisher.