Tagged: Media

Hawaii Student Speech Muffled (Again)

Hawaii Student Speech Muffled (Again)

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...

Journalism film series ‘Deadline’ next week

Journalism film series ‘Deadline’ next week

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...

Journalist Shield Law Extension Advances

Journalist Shield Law Extension Advances

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...

Civil Beat Puts Public Data Behind the Paywall

Civil Beat Puts Public Data Behind the Paywall

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...

Peer News Outlines Local Focus

Peer News Outlines Local Focus

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...

The Hawaii Independent Steps Up

The Hawaii Independent Steps Up

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...

Media Council Opposes TV Merger

Media Council Opposes TV Merger

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...

Honolulu Power Outage Covered Online

Honolulu Power Outage Covered Online

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...

Ben Gutierrez Ousted at KITV

Ben Gutierrez Ousted at KITV

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,...

Hawaii Mulls Journalism Shield Law

Hawaii Mulls Journalism Shield Law

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...

Ron Mizutani Quits Hawaiian Telcom

Ron Mizutani Quits Hawaiian Telcom

Ron Mizutani has resigned as spokesman for Hawaiian Telcom, less than a week after the company laid off about 60 managers and only six months after taking the job. He joined Hawaiian Telcom in August, giving up his high-profile role as a news anchor for KHON and halting a 20-year...

Diane Ako Launches ‘Inspiring Moms’

Diane Ako Launches ‘Inspiring Moms’

Diane Ako, popular KHNL news anchor and reporter, has penned an essay on motherhood for HawaiiMoms.com, a “discussion site” run by The Honolulu Advertiser. “I was warned that having a baby would throw my life into a delicious uproar, but I couldn’t envision it until that day actually arrived, Day...

Abercrombie Votes Against Media Protections

Abercrombie Votes Against Media Protections

 Hawaii Rep. Neil Abercrombie was the only Democrat to side with the Bush Administration in voting against a media sheild bill that would protect journalists from being forced to reveal confidential sources. It’s an odd vote for a man who may just be the last surviving long-haired hippie in congress,...

Leslie Wilcox Blogs

Leslie Wilcox Blogs

PBS Hawaii has stepped boldly into the blogosphere with the launch of Coffee Break with Leslie Wilcox, where the station’s new president and CEO aims to “break the glass” of the TV and interact directly with viewers and the local community. Leslie’s first entry opens with a memory from her...