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June 21: Fake News, the Media and the Effect on Business

  • Prince Waikiki 100 Holomoana Street Honolulu, HI, 96815 United States (map)

How do we know what to believe anymore? The business community relies on information about the world around us in decision-making.  With the increase in “fake news”, how do we determine what information is reliable, what sources are trustworthy, and what is disinformation and unsubstantiated rumor?  What role do social media “bots” and trolls play in diminishing the credibility of the media and what can be done about them? How do the different media (television, print, on-line) approach these issues?  Expect a lively discussion from our distinguished panel.   


Rick Blangiardi is General Manager of Hawaii’s largest multimedia company, Hawaii News Now, KGMB (CBS), and KHNL (NBC).  He has held senior executive positions in New York City, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Among his many awards is the 2010 Salesperson of the Year award from the Sales and Marketing Executives International Chapter.

Jim Simon is Managing Editor of the independent nonprofit news site, Honolulu Civil Beat. Jim spent more than 30 years as a reporter and editor at The Seattle Times, holding several leadership positions there, including managing editor. He helped lead Seattle Times teams that won two Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news — the first in 2010 for coverage of the killing of the three suburban police officers; the second in 2015 for reporting on a deadly landslide in Northwest Washington.  Jim replaces Patti Epler, who was unable to attend.

A. Kam Napier is editor in chief of Pacific Business News. Prior to joining Pacific Business News, he was with Honolulu Magazine for 19 years, 8 as editor. His articles on subjects ranging from architecture to zoology have won awards from the Hawaii Publishers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists-Hawaii Chapter.

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