Thanks to the judges of the contest by the Louisville Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

These judges' actions allowed for the Louisville Chapter to judge the Hawaii Chapter's contest.

Here are the judges:

Aaron Yoshino
Ann Auman
Brett Oppegaard
Catherine Toth Fox
Charlene Robinson
Cheryl Oncea
Christi Young
Cody Krupp
Dave Reardon
David Croxford
Derrick Malama
Jason Taglianetti
Jeff Hawe
Jenn Boneza
Jennifer Wong
Joe Guinto, who judged the Overall Magazine Page Design category of the Hawaii Contest
Joelle Cabasa
Kathy Muneno
Kelsey Ige
Kevin Allen
Kristin Lipman
Linda Dela Cruz
Lucy Young Oda
Nancy Cook Lauer
Robbie Dingeman
Steve Petranik
Stirling Morita
Sunshine Kuhia Smith
Teresa Dawson


Prize-winning columnist: Journalists can win against Trump's false claims

Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Ellis Henican has a way to counter President Trump's false claims of fake news and of journalists as "enemy of the people."

At a talk Jan. 30 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Henican, who writes a weekly column called Trump's America, outlined steps the news media ought to take:

1. Don't make mistakes.
2. Make good use of technology. "We can do technology better than Donald Trump."
3. Use the old-fashioned method of gathering facts and finding articles.
4. Talk with people you may disagree with.
5. Provide depth, background, context and perspective in articles.


Investigative Reporters and Editors will bring its acclaimed watchdog workshop series to Honolulu, on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Get a free (or extended) one-year IRE membership and all-day training on how to ramp up your watchdog skills at the workshop co-hosted by The University of Hawaii School of Communications; Society of Professional Journalists--Hawaii Chapter; Asian American Journalists Association--Hawaii Chapter; and Media Council Hawaii.

You'll learn tips from some of the top investigative journalists from print, TV and online newsrooms. Our speakers are Cody Winchester and Charles Minshew, both from IRE & NICAR; Bigad Shaban from NBC Bay Area; John Hill from Honolulu Civil Beat; and Brian Black of Civil Beat Law Center for Public Interest.

Sessions are designed for all journalists looking to improve their data and reporting skills. Freelancers and students are also encouraged to attend.

Registration includes a one-year IRE membership, giving you access to reporting tipsheets, training resources and more. Current members receive a one-year extension.

In addition, you may register for hands-on spreadsheet training on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This beginner class teaches you how to use spreadsheets to find stories. Reserve your spot today, as space in the computer lab is limited.

Find additional information, including the schedule, pricing and registration details, at https://www.ire.org/events-and-training/event/4115

We encourage you to share this with any colleagues who might be interested.

This program is made possible thanks to support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

We look forward to seeing you in Honolulu on Feb. 9!

Marketing & Communications Assistant
Investigative Reporters & Editors
(757) 373-0477

Thanks to the Judges

The Louisville Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists judged the Hawaii 2016 contest. Honolulu Star-Advertiser Managing Editors Betty Shimabukuro and Mike Rovner judge the Magazine Overall Page Design category. The following judges judged the Louisville contest:

Environment Hawai'i
Teresa Dawson
Pat Tummons

Hawaii News Now
Jobeth Devera
Scott Humber
Mahealani Richardson
Brenda Salgado

Hawaii Public Radio
Bill Dorman

Mokihana Aki
Linda Dela Cruz
Rob Demello
Jennifer Humphrey
Ben Silva
Marisa Yamane

Pacific Business News
Janis Magin
Kam Napier

PacificBasin Communications
Robbie Dingeman
Catherine Toth Fox
Kelsey Ige
Daniel Ito
Anne Lee
Lavonne Leong
Kristin Lipman
Christi Young

Honolulu Civil Beat
Patti Epler
Nick Grube
Rui Kaneya
Jessica Terrell

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Sjarif Goldstein
Martha Hernandez
Nanea Kalani
Stirling Morita
Dennis Oda
Charlene Robinson
Christie Wilson
Lucy Young Oda

University of Hawaii
Julien Gorbach
Brett Oppegaard

West Hawaii Today
Nancy Cook Lauer

Aloha, Wally


Wally Zimmermann's memorial
was held March 3 at Maunalua
Bay.Family sets up memorial fund.
SPJ's TV internships named after

Facebook: Wally Zimmermann
Internships in Television
Broadcast Journalism

Thank you to the Hawaii judges of
the Colorado SPJ Top of the Rockies

Environment Hawai’I: Teresa Dawson, Pat Tummons

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: John Bender Jackie Carberry, Christina Chun, Susan Essoyan, Sjarif Goldstein, Martha Hernandez, Stirling Morita, Curtis Murayama, Charlene Robinson, Lucy Young Oda

West Hawaii Today: Nancy Cook Lauer

Honolulu magazine: Robbie Dingeman, Alyson Helwagen, Kristin Lipman, Lennie Omalza, Cat Toth

Honolulu Family Magazine: Christi Young

Hawaii Home and Remodeling Magazine: Tom Kunz

Hawaii Magazine: Matthew Dekneef, Christine Hitt

Hawaii Business: Jen Tadaki Catanzariti, Warren Daubert, Gina Gelber, Dennis Hollier, Steve Petranik

Circle of Blue: Codi Kozacek

Former AP: Dave Briscoe

Maui News: Brad Sherman

Hawaii Public Radio: Bill Dorman

Thanks to the Hawaii judges of
the Connecticut contest

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Christina Chun
Stirling Morita

Charlene Robinson

Lucy Young-Oda


Lara Yamada
Pacific Basin Communications

Kristin Lipman
Christi Young

Thanks to the Hawaii judges
of the Kansas City Press Club contest

Associated Press

Dave Briscoe, retired

Circle of Blue

Codi Kozacek

Environment Hawaii

Teresa Dawson

Hawaii News Now

Keoki Kerr

Brenda Salgado

Hawaii Public Radio

Bill Dorman

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Susan Essoyan

Sjarif Goldstein

Stirling Morita

Curtis Murayama

Christie Wilson


Jennnifer Brink

Sean Ibara

Justin Kanno

Marisa Yamane


Robert Kekaula

Nathan Serota

Pacific Basin Communications

Mike Keany
Diane Lee

Lennie Omalza

Trade Publishing

David Putnam

West Hawaii Today

Nancy Cook Lauer

Ernie Pyle memorial


Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation Hosts 70th Anniversary Memorial Event

On April 18 the Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation will host the Ernie Pyle 70th

Anniversary Memorial Ceremony, in Honolulu at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

where Pyle is buried. The ceremony is to commemorate the death of World War II Scripps-

Howard feature columnist and foreign correspondent Ernie Pyle who was killed in 1945 by

enemy fire.

A memorial stone will be dedicated to honor both the soldiers who gave their lives in WWII and

Pyle who was embedded with them and reported on their personal stories that appeared in 400

daily and 300 weekly newspapers across the country. Key speaker includes Indiana University

Associate Professor Emeritus Owen Johnson.

The event starts at 9:45 a.m. April 18, 2015 at Punchbowl.

About the Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation:

The Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining

the memory and legacy of World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle. The Ernie Pyle Legacy

Foundation recognizes Ernie Pyle’s contributions to the United States military and to the

journalism profession through public events, scholarships, and educational programs. For more

information, please visit erniepylefoundation.org or “like” us on Facebook.

Ernie Pyle was a pioneering World War II correspondent who was killed on April 18, 1945.

Born in Dana, Indiana, Pyle was one of the most influential reporters in both the European and Pacific

theatres throughout the war.

Pyle, who wrote as a roving correspondent for the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain, won a Pulitzer

Prize in 1944 for his first-person portrayals of the common American soldier.

He is currently at rest at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific located in Honolulu.

The Ernie Pyle Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) foundation created by the closest living relatives of

Ernie Pyle in order to preserve his venerable reputation.

The foundation will endeavor to create public awareness of the journalistic accomplishments of Ernie

Pyle among generations of Americans who did not benefit from his reporting during that period of

global conflict.

On April 18, 2015, a major event will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to

commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Pyle’s honorable sacrifice for his country.

Prominent guests and speakers will attend along with patriotic music and ceremonies.

The highlight of the event will be the dedication of a memorial stone, honoring Pyle as well as all of

the soldiers who gave their lives and the journalists who told their stories.


Congratulations to Phoebe Fox, La Pietra School for Girls student who won second place in the national SPJ high school essay contest. She is the daughter of Colette Pritchard Fox, longtime SPJ Hawaii member.

Download  Winning  Essay


Thanks to the judges of the Top of the Rockies contest:

Board members:
Dave Briscoe

Teresa Dawson

Nancy Cook Lauer

Christy Strobel

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Richard Borreca

Nanea Kalani

Stirling Morita

Curtis Murayama

Mary Poole

Dave Shapiro

Christie Wilson

Alan Yonan

Lucy Young-Oda

PacificBasin Communications
Jen Tadako Catanzariti

Dennis Hollier

Kristin Lipman

Lennie Omalza

Steve Petranik

Christi Young