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Hawaii Student Speech Muffled (Again)

May 2nd, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Education, Hawaii, Media

Student speech on college campuses is again being challenged in Hawaii, with two separate stories surfacing in recent weeks: the administration take-over of Kapi‘o, the student newspaper at Kapiolani Community College, and a lawsuit filed against UH Hilo over restrictions placed on the distribution of literature on school grounds. They’ve definitely stirred up memories of my college journalism […]

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Journalism film series ‘Deadline’ next week

January 4th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Business, Events, Media, Politics

Hawaii’s media landscape remains in constant flux. Last year brought the end of the Honolulu Weekly, and the launch of HuffPost Hawaii. Hawaii-based entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar is building First Look Media (with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, and others). And Hawaii was where NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had his crisis of conscience, his leaks of widespread […]

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Journalist Shield Law Extension Advances

February 22nd, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Blogs, Government, Media, Politics

The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously voted to advance a bill that would remove the sunset provision in Hawaii’s so-called “Journalist Shield Law,” otherwise known as Act 210 (HB2557) from the 2008 Legislative session. The law gives the press (“journalists and newscasters”) some protections against being forced to reveal sources or unpublished information gathered in […]

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Civil Beat Puts Public Data Behind the Paywall

August 19th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 27 Comments · Blogs, Media, Politics, The Web

The headline proclaims, “Civil Beat Shares Hawaii State Employee Salaries” — but there’s a catch: you have to pay to get full access to the information. To be sure, there’s a reasonable and deep debate to be had over whether the names and salaries of government employees should be public in the first place.  I was […]

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Peer News Outlines Local Focus

January 21st, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Hawaii, Media, The Web

This morning, Pierre Omidyar‘s local news startup Peer News hosted a conference call with journalists to provide an update on their venture, which was first announced in November. Among the key announcements made was that John Temple was coming aboard as editor, and that they were planning to launch by April or May. The company will […]

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The Hawaii Independent Steps Up

December 10th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Media, People, The Web

While the mainstream, corporate media is still struggling to find its footing in the digital age, grassroots online news initiatives everywhere are putting down roots. Citizen journalism and independent media are near and dear to my heart, so I’m always interested when a new venture is launched here in the islands. The Hawaii Independent is […]

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Media Council Opposes TV Merger

August 20th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Business, Hawaii, Media, Television

When the people who cover the news become the news, it’s often difficult to separate the story from the storytellers. On Tuesday, Alabama-based Raycom Media announced that television news operations at KGMB, KHNL and KFVE will be consolidated under a “shared services agreement.” After simultaneous 9 a.m. meetings at all three stations, the joint press […]

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Honolulu Power Outage Covered Online

December 26th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Events, Hawaii, Media, Television, The Web

At about 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 26, a lightning storm over Honolulu apparently knocked out electricity for almost the entire island of O’ahu. As people from Waikiki to Kaneohe were plunged into darkness, those that still had battery operated gadgets gathered and shared information online to determine the extent of the blackout. Of course, […]

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Ben Gutierrez Ousted at KITV

December 16th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 28 Comments · Hawaii, Media, Television

Local ABC affiliate KITV announced this afternoon that newcomer Amber-Lynn Hyden would take over morning weather anchor duties. But for all the glowing praise KITV News Director Tod Pritchard heaped upon the former flight attendant, not a word was said about her predecessor: veteran morning weather anchor Ben Gutierrez. Presumably, fresh-faced Hyden is a considerably […]

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Hawaii Mulls Journalism Shield Law

March 25th, 2008 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Hawaii, Media, Politics, The Web

From the irrepressible Malia Zimmerman, editor of Hawaii Reporter, a call for testimony in support of HB 2557 HD1, which limits “compelled disclosure of sources or unpublished information” for journalists — otherwise known as a “journalism shield law.” HB 2557 HD1 “relating to evidence” will be heard this Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee beginning […]

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