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UH Hilo media symposium features candidate debates (Sept. 21)

MEDIA RELEASE

Mayoral and prosecutorial debates will headline the a media symposium slated for 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21 at UH Hilo Campus Center.

The debates between Mayor Billy Kenoi and Harry Kim and Deputy Prosecutor Mitch Roth and Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida begin at 2 p.m. in the plaza area of campus center.

UH Hilo political science professor Todd Belt and Sherry Bracken, a reporter for Lava 105 and Hawaii Public Radio, will serve as moderators.

A panel discussion on the state of media in Hawaii will follow the candidates debates, and include a cross section of reporters from print, radio and new media.

The symposium will commence at 9 a.m. Friday in Campus Center Room 301, with a libel, defamation, and copyright workshop headed by Hilo attorney Steve Strauss.

Marty Orlando, of Tropic Mac, will offer an iPad workshop, and Simon Kaliko Trapp, of Hale Kuamoo, UH Hilo’s Hawaiian Language Center, will speak on technology and the Hawaiian language.

Patsy Iwasaki, of UH-Hilo’s communication department, will offer a workshop on reporting and newswriting.

Nancy Cook Lauer, a West Hawaii Today reporter and blogger, will give a presentation on ethics.

Steve Petranik, of Hawaii Business Magazine, will share details on global media trends.

Sen. Les Ihara will speak on the state’s Sunshine Law.

Lunch and refreshments will be served. $10 for students/$20 for general public.

For further information or to register, call 974-7504.

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