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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The state’s public information agency doesn’t do such a great job providing information — or even returning phone calls.
A tale of two journalistic flops: giving cover to the missile alert “Button Pusher” while ignoring the outcome of a once-hyped criminal case.
It was a life-changing moment for people in Hawaii who received the Jan. 13 missile alert and believed it.
While journalism organizations say they follow ethics codes, it’s often hard for the public to find those guidelines.
With proper moderation, the responses found at the end of articles provide an opportunity for useful citizen journalism.
Figuring out how and when to cite fellow journalists isn’t always a simple matter.
A columnist broke a story about political favoritism. Two other media outlets picked it up without crediting him.
World’s wealthy uses tropical islands, including Hawaii, to stash their riches, avoid taxes.
The public’s insight into the recent escape of a psychopathic killer benefitted from reporting by multiple news outlets.
We need to quit allowing a select few mega-businesses to determine how information is dispensed.