Mayoral and Prosecutor Debates to Headline UH Hilo Media Symposium

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

From Left to Right at table – Ian Lind, Andy Parx and John Temple discuss blogging while Sherry Bracken moderates at the 2011 Media Symposium. Photo credit: Baron Sekiya | Hawaii247.com

The debates between Mayor Billy Kenoi and Harry Kim and Deputy Prosecutor Mitch Roth and Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida will take place at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively 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.

Senator Les Ihara, Jr. talks about the Sunshine Law at the 2011 UH-Hilo Media Symposium as Cheryl Kakazu Park, Director of the Office of Information Practices looks on. Photo credit: Baron Sekiya | Hawaii247.com

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.

Attorney Steven Strauss holds a Libel and Defamation workshop at the 2011 UH-Hilo Media Symposium. Photo credit: Baron Sekiya | Hawaii247.com

Marty Orlando, of Tropic Mac, will offer an iPad workshop, and Simon Kaliko Trapp, of Hale Kuamo’o, 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 news writing. 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. Call 974-7504 for more information or to register.

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