The House Majority will be holding a Media Workshop on Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at the State Capitol, Room 325.
The purpose of the workshop is to introduce our freshmen members to local media representatives who cover the state capitol and the legislature. We are also inviting all majority members, including leadership, who are interested in establishing a good working relationship with media.
The freshmen members, by district, are Representatives Mark Nakashima (District 1 – North Kohala, South Kohala, Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo); Denny Coffman (District 6 – North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau); Isaac Choy (District 24 – Manoa, Manoa Valley, University); Henry Aquino (District 35 – Pearl City, Waipahu); Jessica Wooley (District 47 – Laie, Hauula, Punaluu, Kahana, Kaaawa, Waikane, Kahaluu, Ahuimanu, Kaneohe); and Chris Lee (District 51 – Lanikai, Waimanalo).
We are putting together an informal panel of political news reporters (print, television, radio) and political bloggers who cover the legislature. Members would like to know what kinds of stories media is interested in covering, any tips they might have on how best to work with media, and any info that they might not know about such as various news cycles and internal deadlines, etc.
We held a similar session with mainstream media after the 2006 election, and members appreciated meeting reporters, many for the first time, prior to the start of session, and without the stress of being interviewed. This time, we have expanded the invitee list to include bloggers and online websites that cover politics in Hawaii.