June 10, 2013

A huge story just parachuted into the backyards of Hawaiian newspapers. Edward Snowden, the source of ground-rumbling leaks regarding the surveillance activities of the National Security Agency (NSA), was stationed in Hawaii until very recently. He was working for Booz Allen Hamilton as a government contractor. He had a boss and a girlfriend. So how are Hawaiian outlets covering this massive story?

*The Hawaii Tribune Herald’s Web site moments ago led its headlines with a story on papayas.

*The Honolulu Star Advertiser has an extensive story on the case – from the Associated Press. (Another piece resides behind a paywall).

*The Honolulu Weekly is pushing its “100+ best local restaurants, bars, pop-ups, chefs and more.” (No wonder: It folded last week)

*The Ka Leo O Hawai’i goes with stories on sustainability and “summer denim looks.”

*The top story at the Hawai’i Island Journal is “Hawaii Deemed Worst for Meth Use in the Workforce.”

*Hawaii 24/7 opts for a volcano watch, gas prices and county hoops.

*The Maui News has the scoop on turtles.

*The Garden Island touts a story about a man who drove a truck into the ocean and “kids summer fest bigger than ever.” Down lower on the site is some AP stuff on Snowden.

*Ahh, Honolulu Civil Beat has a shoe-leather piece on Snowden.

Note: Piece has been updated to include the coverage of the Garden Island and Civil Beat and to note that the Honolulu Weekly folded last week.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.