Columnist

Brett Oppegaard

Reader Rep: Together, Journalists Can Do Great Things Patti Epler/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Together, Journalists Can Do Great Things

Competition can help drive better journalism. But in the end, journalists should all be on the same side.
Reader Rep: Journalists Need To Do The Math On Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Journalists Need To Do The Math On Rail

To keep from being bamboozled and to explain to the rest of us what's happening, journalists must have solid math skills.
Reader Rep: Hawaii’s Sheriff Division Shrouded In Silly Secrecy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Hawaii’s Sheriff Division Shrouded In Silly Secrecy

The agency makes ridiculous claims to hide information that even the U.S. Secret Service considers a routine public disclosure.
Reader Rep: Good Journalists Give Proper Credit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Good Journalists Give Proper Credit

But many local news outlets -- mostly broadcasters -- regularly swipe credit for other reporters' work.
Reader Rep: Local News Social-Media Numbers Are Suspect Anthony Quintano

Reader Rep: Local News Social-Media Numbers Are Suspect

A lot of the followers local news outlets claim to have on Twitter and other social media are either fake or meaningless.
Reader Rep: The Star-Advertiser May Be No. 12 But Size Isn’t Everything Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: The Star-Advertiser May Be No. 12 But Size Isn’t Everything

Being one of the nation's biggest newspapers isn't the same as being one of the best -- but it should be.
Reader Rep: Let Us Now Praise Professional Journalists Photo by Denby Fawcett

Reader Rep: Let Us Now Praise Professional Journalists

And be glad they help protect our society against corruption and cronyism.
Reader Rep: We Need To Know Where Information Is Coming From Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: We Need To Know Where Information Is Coming From

Routinely granting anonymity to sources makes for cozy relations, and does a disservice to the public.
Reader Rep: This Is Why Journalists Need To Name Names Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: This Is Why Journalists Need To Name Names

The combination of secretive state officials and reporters too willing to keep names secret helps keep us in the dark.