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Brett Oppegaard

Reader Rep: Watch What You Say Or Face The Obvious Consequences Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Watch What You Say Or Face The Obvious Consequences

It’s not as if editors are standing by, waiting to police the comment string that follows news articles. We all should do our part to make this work.

Reader Rep: Trump And The Press: Alive And Well In Bizarro World Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Trump And The Press: Alive And Well In Bizarro World

Instead of demolishing the Fourth Estate, what if our new president-elect built it back up?

 

Reader Rep: Was It Fair To Turn Kirk Caldwell Into A Cardboard Cutout? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Was It Fair To Turn Kirk Caldwell Into A Cardboard Cutout?

Credit Civil Beat for coming up with a creative approach to candidate videos. But the resulting coverage could have been more balanced.

Reader Rep: Hawaii Should Reinstate Shield Law Immediately PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Hawaii Should Reinstate Shield Law Immediately

More and more reporters are being dragged into court under false pretenses in an attempt to throttle journalistic freedom.

Reader Rep: Hawaii Mayor Billy Kenoi Scandal Stains Journalist, Too Screenshot: Na Leo TV

Reader Rep: Hawaii Mayor Billy Kenoi Scandal Stains Journalist, Too

The criminal trial of the Big Island mayor demonstrates why reporters shouldn’t cross the line between journalism and politics.

Reader Rep: Is That Article You’re Sharing On Facebook Even True?

Reader Rep: Is That Article You’re Sharing On Facebook Even True?

In an era where information is everywhere, it’s important for everyone to make sure the articles they’re sharing on social media check out.

Reader Rep: TV Needs Real Climate Coverage, Not Just Today’s Weather Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: TV Needs Real Climate Coverage, Not Just Today’s Weather

Reporting on another sunny day in Waikiki is useless. It’s time for Hawaii’s TV stations to get serious about covering climate change.

Reader Rep: Clinton Faces Sexism In Media And She’s Not The Only One Phil Roeder/Flickr.com

Reader Rep: Clinton Faces Sexism In Media And She’s Not The Only One

It’s not just Hillary Clinton. From their clothes to their military service, women are treated by a different standard in the media.

Reader Rep: Was Civil Beat Right To Publish The Billy Kenoi Party Video? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Was Civil Beat Right To Publish The Billy Kenoi Party Video?

Addressing some key issues raised by readers about the publication of a video showing the Big Island mayor giving a profanity-laced toast.

Reader Rep: Billy Kenoi Should Blame Himself, Not The Media Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Billy Kenoi Should Blame Himself, Not The Media

The Big Island mayor continues to try to blame "the media" for covering his misdeeds rather than take responsibility for what he did.
Reader Rep: When Computers Replace Journalists, Watch Out Flickr.com

Reader Rep: When Computers Replace Journalists, Watch Out

Readers, be wary when algorithms are your only editors.
Reader Rep: Why Isn’t The Star-Advertiser Open About Its Problems? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Why Isn’t The Star-Advertiser Open About Its Problems?

One of journalism's roles is to lift the veil on business and government. The Hawaii newspaper is doing just the opposite in protecting itself.