Category: Media

ONA Parachute Training

ONA Parachute Training

The Online News Association was founded in 1999, and I signed up pretty early in its history, full of ideas for Islenews.com (which became HawaiiNews.com which is now HawaiiStar.com). My dream of building a robust grassroots local news site is still just a dream, but fortunately, the ONA has soldiered...

Candidate Cries Foul Over Twitter Posts

Candidate Cries Foul Over Twitter Posts

The race for Hawaii governor between Democrat and former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie and Republican Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona has been a contentious one. A stream of dueling press releases has dominated the headlines, political ads have blanketed the airwaves, and hordes of signwavers have lined nearly every street. But...

Abercrombie & Schatz and Fast Fashion

Abercrombie & Schatz and Fast Fashion

To island democratic voters, “Abercrombie & Schatz” sounds like the ticket to a brighter future for Hawaii. But for many people, “Abercrombie & Schatz” also sounds like a clothing line. On Saturday night, as it became obvious that former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie was going to trounce former Honolulu mayor...

Data Request Denied, Now Plan B

Data Request Denied, Now Plan B

I had a nice conversation this afternoon with Marie Laderta, director of the state Department of Human Resources Development, in response to my request to secure the same data her office prepared for Civil Beat (and which Civil Beat hid behind its paywall). She was professional, articulate, and demonstrated that...

Sorting Out the “LOST” DVDs

Sorting Out the “LOST” DVDs

Today brings the much-anticipated release of “LOST: Season Six” on DVD (or Blu-Ray), and “LOST: The Complete Collection” on DVD (or Blu-Ray). Meanwhile, as in years past, retailer Best Buy is also touting “Exclusive Bonus Footage” in its Season Six DVD and Season Six Blu-Ray sets. The question is, which...

Nonstop Honolulu Coming Monday

Nonstop Honolulu Coming Monday

“If there’s buzz, we’re on it.” So says Diane Seo today, in announcing NonstopHonolulu.com, which she hopes will be the city’s “main online source for eating, nightlife and events.” The site is rising from the ashes of a former shining star. When the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin morphed into...

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...

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Makes Top Six

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Makes Top Six

The short independent film “Hawaiian Ghost Story” is one big step closer to becoming a reality. As I blogged last week, the project was in the running for $50,000 cash and a $200,000 finishing contract in Openfilm’s first “Get It Made” competition. And today comes official word that it garnered...

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Needs Votes

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” Needs Votes

“Hawaiian Ghost Story” is a feature film that doesn’t yet exist. But there is a story to be told, and people willing to tell it. As with most creative projects, all they need is some funding to get it started. And with your vote, they could get it. Above is...

AsiaPacificFilms.com Offers Free Trial

AsiaPacificFilms.com Offers Free Trial

With a collection of over 250  films by Asian and Pacific Islanders, AsiaPacificFilms.com is the idealized, online equivalent of a independent film festival. No cramped schedules, no limited runs, every title available 24-7. TechCrunch described it as “a Netflix for Asian Pacific indie filmmakers.” Asians and Pacific Islanders are said to...

David Buys Goliath

David Buys Goliath

“Staff-wide meeting at The Honolulu Advertiser. Similar meeting called at The Star-Bulletin. This can’t be good for anyone. Honolulu Advertiser education writer Loren Moreno tweeted that this afternoon, moments before the news once again became the news in Hawaii. David Black, owner of the smaller, scrappier Honolulu Star-Bulletin, has bought...

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...

Hawaii Newspaper Archives Go Online

Hawaii Newspaper Archives Go Online

The archives of three newspapers documenting Hawaii’s 19th century history have been posted online by the Library of Congress, digitized and converted into searchable text via OCR through the participation of the UH Mānoa Library. The archives are available via the “Chronicling America” website, and come from: The Daily Herald...

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...

Editor Sought for New News Venture

Editor Sought for New News Venture

A new Internet startup poised to transform local news, in Hawaii and beyond, is now on the hunt for an editor to lead the team. Renowned entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay and philanthropist, announced the search today. Instead of sending out a press release, he posted a link on...

“LOST” at HIFF

“LOST” at HIFF

Updated Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.: As reported late last month, the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) is collaborating with the producers and creators of the hit television show “LOST” for a series of special events on Saturday, Oct. 17. There will be a series of “master classes” during the day,...

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 Advertiser Harps on HotU

Honolulu Advertiser Harps on HotU

“A Web site for college students subsidized with millions of dollars in state income tax credits is now an adult-oriented Internet portal.” So begins Sean Hao’s article in the Honolulu Advertiser, documenting the “rise and fall” of HotU. The site, which rode the dotcom boom into the dotcom bust in...

TV News Goes Interactive at KGMB9

TV News Goes Interactive at KGMB9

KGMB9, the local CBS affiliate, launched a bold (and technologically tricky) initiative tonight during its 5 p.m. newscast. Called ‘i9News,’ it carved out a significant portion of the half-hour broadcast to share feedback from viewers. Sure, any newscast worth its salt pimps its e-mail address these days, and “picture of...

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...