Saturday, February 28, 2009


Newspaper meltdown: End of an era as Star-Bulletin closes bureau on the Big Island

by Larry Geller

As part of its downsizing plan, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin closed its Neighbor Island bureaus. Big Island Video News got in the door before it slammed shut and posted a moving interview with Bureau Chief Rod Thompson.

In 1978 Dave Shapiro, who is now semi-retired from the Advertiser, had this position here in Hilo, and I was out of work at that moment, and he said, “Are you looking for a job,” and I said, “Well, I don’t know, what job are you talking about?” And he said, “My job.”

Thompson also comments on the methodological differences between blogs and newspaper reporting.

1978. Who could have imagined today’s profound and devastating changes in the news industry back then?

Check out the video. This is not YouTube. I’ve admired Big Island Video News not only for its sense of journalism but for the high technical quality of the work that’s posted on the website. This video by David Corrigan is one of many that is setting a higher standard for Internet content.


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