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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.