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Brett Oppegaard

Brett Oppegaard has a doctorate degree in technical communication and rhetoric. He studies journalism and media forms as an assistant professor at University of Hawaii Manoa, in the School of Communications. He also has worked for many years in the journalism industry. Email Brett at brett.oppegaard@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @brettoppegaard.
Reader Rep: The Public Deserves Better Than ‘No Comment’ Getty Images/iStockphoto

Reader Rep: The Public Deserves Better Than ‘No Comment’

Public officials insult us when they refuse to answer legitimate questions raised by journalists.

 

Reader Rep: Journalists Rely Too Much On Canned Statements Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Journalists Rely Too Much On Canned Statements

How sources respond in writing should be the starting point for reporters, not the end product.

Reader Rep: When Journalists Take Credit For Their Colleagues’ Work Courtesy of Chelsea Valiente

Reader Rep: When Journalists Take Credit For Their Colleagues’ Work

When they follow someone else’s story, why are some news outlets so reluctant to credit the original reporting source?

Reader Rep: The News Media’s Shifting World Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: The News Media’s Shifting World

Codes of ethics, questionable ads and audience sizes: Sometimes writing about just one topic a week doesn’t cut it.

Reader Rep: Odd Reporting Of An Odd Death At The Airport Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Odd Reporting Of An Odd Death At The Airport

An overzealous push for balance can’t compensate for the dearth of details about a man who died after pushing past security.

Reader Rep: Journalists Are Dropping The Ball On Some Stories sskennel/Flickr

Reader Rep: Journalists Are Dropping The Ball On Some Stories

It’s not enough to raise issues. Reporters need to keep tracking them until they are resolved.

Reader Rep: Don’t Let Trump Overshadow Local Issues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Don’t Let Trump Overshadow Local Issues

It’s easy to get caught up in the national media’s all-Trump-all-the-time coverage. But let’s keep at least one eye on Hawaii.

Reader Rep: Super Gabby Can Redeem Herself By Being Honest CSPAN

Reader Rep: Super Gabby Can Redeem Herself By Being Honest

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard needs to quit blaming the press for bad publicity about her secret trip to Syria and disclose all the facts behind it.

Reader Rep: No, The Islands Aren’t Safe From What’s Going On In DC Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: No, The Islands Aren’t Safe From What’s Going On In DC

Did you vote? Good. Did you march? Great. Now keep it up, and we may be able to reclaim a country where truth matters.

Reader Rep: Stand Up To Stop Police Chief-Style Deals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Stand Up To Stop Police Chief-Style Deals

Unless the public fights for transparency along with journalists the important public business will continue to be done in secret.

Reader Rep: Damage Done By Internet Trolls Can Still Be Repaired Flickr.com

Reader Rep: Damage Done By Internet Trolls Can Still Be Repaired

Eventually, out of the muck will emerge new standards of what is legitimate news and what is mere mean-spirited propaganda.

Reader Rep: Don’t Let Public’s Business Be Done Behind Our Backs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Don’t Let Public’s Business Be Done Behind Our Backs

What we value here is  an idea, at the core of our democracy, that we should know what’s happening in our government and have every right to ask about it.