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Brett Oppegaard

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.

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.