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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: 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.

Reader Rep: When Anonymous Sourcing Is Practically Encouraged

Reader Rep: When Anonymous Sourcing Is Practically Encouraged

Why does Hawaii News Now make it so easy for its sources to hide behind a veil of secrecy?

Reader Rep: If You’re Aware Of Public Corruption, Speak Up Now

Reader Rep: If You’re Aware Of Public Corruption, Speak Up Now

Our local institutions need whistleblowers to act — like calling a reporter — for the public’s sake.

Reader Rep: Big Questions About Hawaiian ‘Princess’ Coverage

Reader Rep: Big Questions About Hawaiian ‘Princess’ Coverage

Is the media telling you the real story of Abigail Kawananakoa or a fawning fairy tale?

Reader Rep: Here’s How The Media Can Start To Win Back Public Trust

Reader Rep: Here’s How The Media Can Start To Win Back Public Trust

As they’re demonized by Trump, journalists are regaining public confidence. It’s the perfect time to be more transparent.

Reader Rep: Reporters Are Ignoring Trouble At The Honolulu Zoo

Reader Rep: Reporters Are Ignoring Trouble At The Honolulu Zoo

Taxpayers are shoveling more money in, but directors keep leaving. Why isn’t anyone covering it?

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.