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The Conversation: The Changing News Landscape

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Newsrooms in peril; Startling violation statistics; Internal strife at HFD; Public school leader excels

Newsrooms in peril

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and the Pacific Media Workers Guild reached an agreement on Saturday that includes voluntary layoffs and furloughs.  12 newsroom positions, which include graphic artists, photographers, online news and reporters, will be cut from the staff. Guild members agreed to defer a 1 percent pay raise and will give up half of their vacation days. There will be no layoffs until the end of the fiscal year on Feb. 28, 2021.  

Joleen Oshiro (reporter and co-chair of Pacific Media Workers Guild bargaining unit); Chris Conybeare (Media Council Hawaii); Rick Edmonds (Media Business Analyst, Poynter Institute)

Startling violation statistics

Compiled data about Hawaii's stay-at-home orders paint an interesting picture. Were HPD arrests racially disproportionate to the population?

HPR reporter Ashley Mizuo

Internal strife at HFD

Today's Reality Check examines ongoing tensions at the Honolulu Fire Department. Click here to read reporter Stewart Yerton's story online at CivilBeat.org.

Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Stewart Yerton

Public school leader excels 


Principal Ray Pikelny was awarded the prestigious Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in Leadership prize earlier this month.  She credits her Waianae Elementary School staff for their support and shares how she has been able to motivate her students and school community.  

Waianae Elementary School principal Ray Pikelny

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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