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Brett Oppegaard

Reader Rep: When Every Story Is ‘EXCLUSIVE’ It Soon Means Nothing

Reader Rep: When Every Story Is ‘EXCLUSIVE’ It Soon Means Nothing

Note to TV reporters: Shamelessly claiming your story is exclusive when it's based on a press release is bogus -- and demeaning.
Reader Rep: Journalism Is The Best ‘Worst’ Job In The World Steve Northrup/Newseum

Reader Rep: Journalism Is The Best ‘Worst’ Job In The World

Why would anyone become a journalist? I'm glad you asked.
Reader Rep: Can News Media Help Us Assess The NextEra Merger? New York Times

Reader Rep: Can News Media Help Us Assess The NextEra Merger?

We benefit when our journalists challenge claims, ask "why" and help us understand complex questions.
Reader Rep: The Enemy Of Good Journalism Is Shallowness Gage Skidmore/Flickr.com

Reader Rep: The Enemy Of Good Journalism Is Shallowness

Attacks on "objectivity" overlook the bigger pitfall preventing good journalism.
Reader Rep: Facebook Sourcing Worse Than Anonymous Sourcing Flicker.com/Sam Chills

Reader Rep: Facebook Sourcing Worse Than Anonymous Sourcing

If we start basing our news articles on social media buzz, what does that say about our credibility?
Reader Rep: Time To Talk About KHON Editor’s Transgressions iStock.com

Reader Rep: Time To Talk About KHON Editor’s Transgressions

Hiring a journalist with documented ethical lapses should concern local news audiences.
Reader Rep: Anonymous Sources Come In Many Shapes And Sizes Screen shot

Reader Rep: Anonymous Sources Come In Many Shapes And Sizes

Loose talk and rumors at the State Capitol are not strong foundations upon which to base a news story.
Reader Rep: Sources Say This Column Is Great! Flicker.com/AJ Cann

Reader Rep: Sources Say This Column Is Great!

More often than not, using anonymous sources is a bad practice for journalists.
Reader Rep: Examining Hawaii’s Media Ecology From A New Perspective Flickr.com/Marco Monetti

Reader Rep: Examining Hawaii’s Media Ecology From A New Perspective

This new column will hold professional journalists and news organizations to the highest standards for serving you.