Saturday, April 07, 2007


Unfair labor practice charges filed against the Hawaii Tribune-Herald to be heard by the National Labor Relations Board

If you track the inside dope on Hawaii's newspapers and other media, the last place to look of course is in the newspapers themselves. Here's where the blogosphere shines. (It's refreshing that the Star-Bulletin has been willing to cover these issues. Two past S-B articles which will give you a feeling for the current controversy are here and here.)

All has not been well over at the Hawaii Tribune-Herald for some time. A press release yesterday from Local 39117 of the Hawaii Newspaper Guild details 13 charges filed against the Tribune-Herald for unfair labor practices.

You can read about it in this article over at the Newspaper Guild website. According to the Guild, the paper has until April 13 to respond to the charges. A hearing is set for 9 a.m., June 19, 2007, at an as yet undisclosed location in Hilo.

A prior charge in March 30, 2006 by the NLRB concerned the October 2005 firing of reporter Hunter Bishop. Bishop blogs over at but is careful to separate his union issues from his reporting on the blog. Reporter/blogger Ian Lind has followed this also (see his March 20 post).

While I am obviously a believer in the news value of the blogosphere (check out quick links on the left side of this page), it's not possible to make a decent living from it, nor are blogs a replacement (yet!) for proper newspapers. It distresses me to see experienced reporters in Hawaii separated from their craft.



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