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Brett Oppegaard

Reader Rep: Do Honolulu Police Have Something To Hide? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Do Honolulu Police Have Something To Hide?

Good cops are being hurt by news about bad cops. The Honolulu Police Department isn't doing them any favors.
Reader Rep: The Real Research On Anonymity In Online Comments Ozzzie/Flickr

Reader Rep: The Real Research On Anonymity In Online Comments

If your goal is a higher-quality conversation, you might want to insist that people use their real names.
Reader Rep: Don’t Freak Out If Your Kid Wants To Study Journalism PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Don’t Freak Out If Your Kid Wants To Study Journalism

The news industry may be unstable for workers, but good communication skills are essential for success in most jobs.
Reader Rep: Taking Issue With Civil Beat’s New Commenting System flickr: Hillary

Reader Rep: Taking Issue With Civil Beat’s New Commenting System

Some news organizations have abolished comments. Civil Beat migrated to a new system, which isn't necessarily an improvement.
Reader Rep: Commenters, Paid Or Not, Should Adhere To Standards iStock.com

Reader Rep: Commenters, Paid Or Not, Should Adhere To Standards

Even if you're just contributing to the comments section at the bottom of a news story, you should acknowledge any real or potential biases.
Reader Rep: Big Storms Give TV Reporters Their Moment In The Sun Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Big Storms Give TV Reporters Their Moment In The Sun

Viewers benefit when the news media takes weather and storm coverage seriously.
Reader Rep: Judging The Journalism, Not The Journalist Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Judging The Journalism, Not The Journalist

Once journalists publish or air their work, it's fair game for public comment and criticism.
Reader Rep: You Own What You Post On Social Media Dallas Police Department

Reader Rep: You Own What You Post On Social Media

The power to publish brings with it great responsibility whether it's police seeking the public's help or the public -- and media -- spreading it around.
Reader Rep: Dig For The Best Sources To Do Better Journalism Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Dig For The Best Sources To Do Better Journalism

Turning to a small cast of experts as commentators may be easier for reporters, but easier isn't better.
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.