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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 associate professor at the University of Hawaii Manoa, in the School of Communications. He also has worked for many years in the journalism industry. Comment below or email Brett at brett.oppegaard@gmail.com.

Reader Rep is a media criticism and commentary column that is independent from Civil Beat’s editorial staff and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Civil Beat.

Reader Rep: My Own Experiences With OIP Have Been Terrible

Reader Rep: My Own Experiences With OIP Have Been Terrible

The state’s public information agency doesn’t do such a great job providing information — or even returning phone calls.

Reader Rep: The Truth Is Out There — Unless The Media Screws Up

Reader Rep: The Truth Is Out There — Unless The Media Screws Up

A tale of two journalistic flops: giving cover to the missile alert “Button Pusher” while ignoring the outcome of a once-hyped criminal case.

Reader Rep: Media Focus On ‘False Alarm’ Didn’t Go Deep Enough

Reader Rep: Media Focus On ‘False Alarm’ Didn’t Go Deep Enough

It was a life-changing moment for people in Hawaii who received the Jan. 13 missile alert and believed it.

Reader Rep: Why I Write About The Local Media

Reader Rep: Why I Write About The Local Media

In the coming year, Reader Rep plans on focusing more on transparency. Here’s how you can help.

Reader Rep: Media Ethics Policies Ought To Be On Public Display

Reader Rep: Media Ethics Policies Ought To Be On Public Display

While journalism organizations say they follow ethics codes, it’s often hard for the public to find those guidelines.

Reader Rep: Media Should Treat Online Comments Like Part Of The Story

Reader Rep: Media Should Treat Online Comments Like Part Of The Story

With proper moderation, the responses found at the end of articles provide an opportunity for useful citizen journalism.

Reader Rep: When Should You Credit Your Media Competitors?

Reader Rep: When Should You Credit Your Media Competitors?

Figuring out how and when to cite fellow journalists isn’t always a simple matter.

Reader Rep: Hawaii Kai Tree-Lighting Shenanigans Continue

Reader Rep: Hawaii Kai Tree-Lighting Shenanigans Continue

A columnist broke a story about political favoritism. Two other media outlets picked it up without crediting him.

Reader Rep: Hawaii Reporters Are Giving The Rich A Free Ride

Reader Rep: Hawaii Reporters Are Giving The Rich A Free Ride

World’s wealthy uses tropical islands, including Hawaii, to stash their riches, avoid taxes.

 

Reader Rep: State Hospital Escape Coverage Really Took Us Places

Reader Rep: State Hospital Escape Coverage Really Took Us Places

The public’s insight into the recent escape of a psychopathic killer benefitted from reporting by multiple news outlets.

Reader Rep: How Should We Pay For ‘Real’ Journalism?

Reader Rep: How Should We Pay For ‘Real’ Journalism?

We need to quit allowing a select few mega-businesses to determine how information is dispensed.

Reader Rep: Debunking The Tale Of Two Women Lost At Sea

Reader Rep: Debunking The Tale Of Two Women Lost At Sea

Old journalism adage: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.