Program: 6:00 p.m.
Civil Beat Office, Kaimuki Plaza
3465 Waialae Avenue, Suite 200
Join PRSA Hawaii for its June Program with Honolulu Civil Beat editors and
reporter-hosts. Learn how this new civic square is enabling Hawaii to learn,
understand, debate and discover local issues such as government, education, land
What does this new venture mean for you? For your clients? For the journalism
Civil Beat Editor John Temple will provide some insight to PR professionals.
John Temple has been an editor responsible for coverage of local news since 1988, when he became city editor of The Albuquerque Tribune. Before moving to Honolulu to become editor of Civil Beat, his most recent position was editor, president and publisher of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver.
As editor, John led the Rocky to four Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other national awards from 1998 to 2009, when the paper closed. John has previous experience with Web startups. He launched two new online services in Denver, in addition to overseeing the paper’s main Web site and its special high school sports site, RockyPreps.com. The first was YourHub.com, an early experiment in “citizen journalism” that is still operating today. When it was launched in 2005, it was the largest such hyper-local initiative in the United States. It included more than 40 community Web sites and 18 weekly print sections featuring a selection of stories and photographs from the Web sites. He also started RedBlueAmerica.com, a national political/cultural site, for the E.W. Scripps Co., which owned the Rocky. That experiment, focused on building a civil environment where users could engage with thinking dramatically different from their own, was closed shortly after launch in 2008 when the gravity of the economic decline became apparent.
$20 PRSA Hawaii chapter members
$25 PRSA National members
Light refreshments will be served.
Due to space limitations, the first 30 guests will be accommodated.