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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: Don’t Let Technology Replace Your Own Good Sense

Reader Rep: Don’t Let Technology Replace Your Own Good Sense

Our media environment is dangerously under the umbrella of consolidated and under-regulated powers.

Reader Rep: Star-Advertiser Should Stop Skipping State Journalism Contest

Reader Rep: Star-Advertiser Should Stop Skipping State Journalism Contest

The islands’ biggest media outlet has been a conspicuous no show in the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual competition.

Reader Rep: News Outlets Should Adopt And Display A Code of Ethics

Reader Rep: News Outlets Should Adopt And Display A Code of Ethics

Objective, straight-shooting media organizations must do everything they can to differentiate themselves from the Breitbarts of the world.

Reader Rep: We All Need To Demand More Open Government

Reader Rep: We All Need To Demand More Open Government

More pressure from citizens is essential to stopping local and federal governments from conducting the public’s business in secret.

Reader Rep: Eddie Would Talk — And Turn Over Public Records

Reader Rep: Eddie Would Talk — And Turn Over Public Records

We’d all benefit if elected officials had less contempt for government transparency.

Reader Rep: When Public Officials Hide Information From The Public

Reader Rep: When Public Officials Hide Information From The Public

Citizens of Hawaii should demand more transparency of their taxpayer-funded investments.

Reader Rep: In The Trump Era, Anonymous Sources Are Often Justified

Reader Rep: In The Trump Era, Anonymous Sources Are Often Justified

Key questions should be asked before withholding someone’s name: Is the information worth it? Does the source truly need protection?

Reader Rep: An Attack On A Journalist Is An Attack On You Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: An Attack On A Journalist Is An Attack On You

Reporters are your proxy, working on your behalf to understand issues and deliver the answers to you.

Reader Rep: Podcasters Helping Put Spark Back In Journalism Patrick Breitenbach/Flickr

Reader Rep: Podcasters Helping Put Spark Back In Journalism

Podcasts are becoming increasingly sophisticated and reaching a growing audience, estimated at 57 million listeners monthly.

Reader Rep: When Marketing Replaces The News Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: When Marketing Replaces The News

Don’t let publicity stunts push important news into the shadows.

Reader Rep: Media Transparency Is Key To Regaining Public Trust Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Media Transparency Is Key To Regaining Public Trust

“Public editors,” who answer reader questions, hold the media accountable and explain how journalists work, are increasingly rare at news organizations.

Reader Rep: What’s Worse Than Stealing Credit For A Story? The Cover Up Courtesy of Tricia Mynar

Reader Rep: What’s Worse Than Stealing Credit For A Story? The Cover Up

It seems implausible that a KHON reporter found out about a Hana woman who contracted rat lungworm disease without reading a story published earlier in Honolulu Civil Beat.