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Brett Oppegaard

Reader Rep: Good Journalists Give Proper Credit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Good Journalists Give Proper Credit

But many local news outlets -- mostly broadcasters -- regularly swipe credit for other reporters' work.
Reader Rep: Local News Social-Media Numbers Are Suspect Anthony Quintano

Reader Rep: Local News Social-Media Numbers Are Suspect

A lot of the followers local news outlets claim to have on Twitter and other social media are either fake or meaningless.
Reader Rep: The Star-Advertiser May Be No. 12 But Size Isn’t Everything Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: The Star-Advertiser May Be No. 12 But Size Isn’t Everything

Being one of the nation's biggest newspapers isn't the same as being one of the best -- but it should be.
Reader Rep: Let Us Now Praise Professional Journalists Photo by Denby Fawcett

Reader Rep: Let Us Now Praise Professional Journalists

And be glad they help protect our society against corruption and cronyism.
Reader Rep: We Need To Know Where Information Is Coming From Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: We Need To Know Where Information Is Coming From

Routinely granting anonymity to sources makes for cozy relations, and does a disservice to the public.
Reader Rep: This Is Why Journalists Need To Name Names Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: This Is Why Journalists Need To Name Names

The combination of secretive state officials and reporters too willing to keep names secret helps keep us in the dark.
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.