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Brett Oppegaard

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: 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.

Reader Rep: If The News Is Fake, At Least Be Transparent About It Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: If The News Is Fake, At Least Be Transparent About It

“Sponsored content” is crumbling the once solid wall between advertising and news.

Reader Rep: Why Hawaii Media Need To Better Serve The Visually Impaired Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Why Hawaii Media Need To Better Serve The Visually Impaired

The technology exists to make our coverage more accessible to all. This isn’t about special treatment, it’s about equality.

Reader Rep: Hawaii Journalists Could Learn From This Kansas High School Class Screen shot

Reader Rep: Hawaii Journalists Could Learn From This Kansas High School Class

These high school reporters unmasked their principal by digging deep. Local reporters too often take the easy way, including copying others work.

Reader Rep: Focus On Where You Went To High School Is Misleading

Reader Rep: Focus On Where You Went To High School Is Misleading

Hawaii’s elitist class and a counterculture response can get complicated, especially for the news media.

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.