Columnist

Brett Oppegaard

Reader Rep: Journalists Are Dropping The Ball On Some Stories sskennel/Flickr

Reader Rep: Journalists Are Dropping The Ball On Some Stories

It’s not enough to raise issues. Reporters need to keep tracking them until they are resolved.

Reader Rep: Don’t Let Trump Overshadow Local Issues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Don’t Let Trump Overshadow Local Issues

It’s easy to get caught up in the national media’s all-Trump-all-the-time coverage. But let’s keep at least one eye on Hawaii.

Reader Rep: Super Gabby Can Redeem Herself By Being Honest CSPAN

Reader Rep: Super Gabby Can Redeem Herself By Being Honest

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard needs to quit blaming the press for bad publicity about her secret trip to Syria and disclose all the facts behind it.

Reader Rep: No, The Islands Aren’t Safe From What’s Going On In DC Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: No, The Islands Aren’t Safe From What’s Going On In DC

Did you vote? Good. Did you march? Great. Now keep it up, and we may be able to reclaim a country where truth matters.

Reader Rep: Stand Up To Stop Police Chief-Style Deals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Stand Up To Stop Police Chief-Style Deals

Unless the public fights for transparency along with journalists the important public business will continue to be done in secret.

Reader Rep: Damage Done By Internet Trolls Can Still Be Repaired Flickr.com

Reader Rep: Damage Done By Internet Trolls Can Still Be Repaired

Eventually, out of the muck will emerge new standards of what is legitimate news and what is mere mean-spirited propaganda.

Reader Rep: Don’t Let Public’s Business Be Done Behind Our Backs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Don’t Let Public’s Business Be Done Behind Our Backs

What we value here is  an idea, at the core of our democracy, that we should know what’s happening in our government and have every right to ask about it.

Reader Rep: Exploring The Media — Where Do We Go From Here? sskennel/Flickr

Reader Rep: Exploring The Media — Where Do We Go From Here?

After a year of praising and criticizing Hawaii journalists, this columnist is looking to ratchet up the public discourse.

Reader Rep: News Consumers Must Pitch In To Improve The Product Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: News Consumers Must Pitch In To Improve The Product

Share what you like, criticize what you don’t. Media outlets pay close attention to the desires of their potential audiences.

Reader Rep: Restricting Media Access For All The Wrong Reasons Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Restricting Media Access For All The Wrong Reasons

Controlling who gets to cover the story is one more weapon in the multi-pronged assault on a free press in America.

Reader Rep: The #Pizzagate Case And Our Media-Literacy Crisis Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: The #Pizzagate Case And Our Media-Literacy Crisis

Americans need to refocus on what is credible information. But don’t expect any help from the incoming Trump administration.

Reader Rep: Technology — And Trump — Dictate Pace Of Discourse Screen shot

Reader Rep: Technology — And Trump — Dictate Pace Of Discourse

Ultimately, we choose our technologies and what we do with them. We need to become more thoughtful and less reactive.