We are a cynical culture when it comes to the media.Â And with good reason.Â The impartial journalist of integrity is starting to seem like a quaint, old-fashioned notion–soon to be replaced entirely by the journalist who pursues an obvious political agenda, even while loudly ridiculing the possibility of media bias.Â And as for local news . . . well, all too often it seems to have devolved to weather updates, local tragedies, and an extended recap of high school sports scores.Â (Ironic, most of this can be learned about more quickly by asking the lady next door.)
But there are exceptions.Â Â And today, we’re celebrating the 9th Anniversary of one the best of them.Â Yes, today, Hawaii Reporter turns 9.Â (Happy Birthday!)
People want to use all the trendy buzzwords about communication in the 21st century to belittle the importance of community news, but the truth is that it’s still as important as ever.Â My ability to send a message to Washington DC in a matter of nanoseconds doesn’t make them more interested or dedicated to our interests out here.Â And when was the last time you saw something about Hawaii on the national news that didn’t deal with the LA Lakers training camp, a beauty pageant, or a television show?Â The more things change, the more they stay the same.Â And for all of this time, Hawaii Reporter has been setting the standard for an active, invested, and free community news source.Â More than any other news outlet in Hawaii, they have concerned themselves with providing a voice for the regular local guy and keeping abreast of the issues that we really care about (and without the editorializing that so often derails one’s enjoyment of the Advertiser and other Hawaii newspapers.)Â Let’s hope they’re around for many more anniversary celebrations.