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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: When Journalists Join The Sales Team, Credibility Suffers

Reader Rep: When Journalists Join The Sales Team, Credibility Suffers

Even KITV’s news director acknowledged ethical concerns about having the station’s journalists take part in sponsored cruises.

Reader Rep: Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth From The HPD?

Reader Rep: Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth From The HPD?

We spend $275 million annually on the Honolulu Police Department. We have every right to demand transparency.

Reader Rep: Dig Deeper Into Peter Apo’s Misdeeds

Reader Rep: Dig Deeper Into Peter Apo’s Misdeeds

Civil Beat also owes its readers more transparency about why the OHA trustee is no longer a columnist at the news organization.

Reader Rep: Restaurant Food Safety Isn’t Getting Enough Media Attention

Reader Rep: Restaurant Food Safety Isn’t Getting Enough Media Attention

An underwhelming new training requirement was practically ignored. Oh for the good old days when a video of rats in a market caused an uproar.

Reader Rep: Deceptiveness and Secrecy Mark Honolulu Rail Project

Reader Rep: Deceptiveness and Secrecy Mark Honolulu Rail Project

Journalists need to continue demanding accountability and transparency from public officials responsible for the mismanaged, over-budget project.

Reader Rep: Hawaii Media Would Be Weaker Without Student Paper

Reader Rep: Hawaii Media Would Be Weaker Without Student Paper

UH’s struggling Ka Leo is worth saving, in part because it’s an essential training ground for local journalists.

Reader Rep: Time To Cut The Rhetoric And Use Words Wisely

Reader Rep: Time To Cut The Rhetoric And Use Words Wisely

Media messages help to build, shape and distort our reality, often through word choices.

Reader Rep: How One Young Journalist Is Making It Work In Hawaii

Reader Rep: How One Young Journalist Is Making It Work In Hawaii

From paperboy to publisher, Will McGough does it all for his monthly travel publication that he distributes around Oahu.

Reader Rep: White House Uses A 9-Year-Old To Avoid Real Questions

Reader Rep: White House Uses A 9-Year-Old To Avoid Real Questions

Answers, with evidence, should be provided to the American people at presidential press conferences, not more pointless fluff.

Reader Rep: A TV Station Decides Its Sportscast Is No Longer Sacred

Reader Rep: A TV Station Decides Its Sportscast Is No Longer Sacred

Hawaii News Now eliminated its nightly sports segment, reflecting dramatic changes in how audiences get their news.

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.