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Freedom of expression.

November 19, 2009
Debra Lordan · Editor/General Manager

The Maui Weekly makes every effort to report with accuracy and maintain impartiality in our coverage of even the most heated issues, and we strive to keep our opinions to ourselves.

Opinion is confined to a separate section of the paper—editorial, commentary and letters to the editor. And now, a seed sown in cyberspace has caused this section to blossom with blogs found on newspaper Websites around the globe. Hundreds of journalists now write their own blogs in addition to reporting the facts in news stories.

We all know what blogs are, right? Blogs (a contraction of the term “Web log”) are sometimes written like a journal and usually pertain to one topic or theme. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of the blogging process.

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Debra Lordan
Editor · General Manager

Because it is apparent that people want to know more than the facts—and want to know what other people think—some of the Maui Weekly’s most interesting personalities have created their own blogs for your reading pleasure.

FYI, journalists are real people—not corporations. Their thoughts and opinions of the world are a confession of character, unveiling layers of complexity that rival the most popular reality shows. And even though the information and opinions expressed are those of the bloggers and do not necessarily reflect the fair and balanced coverage of the Maui Weekly, I commend them and I support them. As we all know, it is usually easy to spout off in the comfort of your own home, but it’s quite another thing to put it out there for public consumption and comment.

The bloggers at the Maui Weekly offer a veritable rainbow of information on topics ranging from art and music in Trisha Smith’s “The Dish from Trish,” to sustainability and any number of surprising insights from cultural anthropologist Ray Bane in his “Breaking Trail” blog. The Maui Weekly also offers advice on life and relationships from Eve Hogan, our longtime “With Aloha” columnist. Yes, she is finally back, exclusively on our Website. And our award-winning journalist, Sarah Ruppenthal, will unleash her blog, “The Weekly Top Ten,” before Thanksgiving. Stay tuned.

Enjoy the first of these blogs by four of Maui’s finest, and don’t forget to check out their biographies (“Bios/Past Blogs”) where you will find the back-stories of these very interesting and talented people.

And remember, you don’t have to agree with us. Argue with us, collaborate with us, correct us and discuss amongst yourselves. Talk back to us. We like it.

This interactive journalism may even amplify community conversation and help solve public problems.



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