Temple explains how Hawai‘i’s Peer News will operate

A new kind of news service will try to recreate “the civic square” by combining news content and civil community involvement.

Peer News Editor John Temple gave his first public speech about eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s new online news service in Hawai‘i.

“I’m passionate about the possibility of finding a new way to do journalism,” he told about 200 people at the Newsmorphosis conference on the transformation of the news industry on Thursday, March 18 at the Plaza Club in downtown Honolulu.

“This news service will be committed to forging a civic square,” Temple said. It’s a “commitment to openness and civility in this community.”
Anonymous comments will not be allowed, he said. Only comments that include the author’s real name will be permitted on the site.
He said he wants to foster journalism that connects its content to our community by answering the major questions of the public.
He said he plans to launch the service early in the second quarter of this year.
Temple said he doesn’t have a “silver bullet” to solve all the problems of a diminishing traditional news media industry, but he says he will focus on readers’ main news needs.

More story and video interviews with speakers will be coming soon. UH journalism students have just launched this site. Check back with us.