I am Jay Hartwell, a media educator and consultant, who provides lectures, workshops, and editorial assistance to university and professional journalism associations in the United States and Asia.

This work developed from 20 years of training and guiding undergraduate reporters and editors as the faculty adviser to student-led media programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa on the island of Oʻahu, where I went to high school, worked for 38 years with news and communications after college and graduate school on the continent, and helped raise a daughter and son with my wife Cindy.

From 1997 to 2017, I was the faculty advisor to Ka Leo O Hawaiʻi, now a twice-a-month student newspaper, with a website and social media @kaleoohawaii operation for the Mānoa campus, and Hawaiʻi Review, the biannual literary journal. For eight years I also served as advisor to KTUH, the student-managed, 3,000-watt FM radio station (90.1-Honolulu and 91.1-North Shore) that is licensed to the UH Board of Regents. These programs and University of Hawaii Productions, which I also advised, are governed by the university’s Student Media Board.

As president of the Hawaii Publishers Association, I continue to assist with the annual Hawaiʻi High School Journalism Awards in the spring, and provided testimony in Hawaii Scholastic Journalism Association's successful effort to pass New Voices legislation in 2022 for the state.

I came to the university after 20 years in journalism, writing and editing; first as a summer intern for Oʻahu's afternoon newspaper (Honolulu Star-Bulletin 1977 and 1979), then as a general assignment reporter for the morning newspaper (The Honolulu Advertiser 1980-1988). Those papers merged in 2010 to form the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

I left the newspaper to write Nā Mamo: Hawaiian People Today (ʻAi Pōhaku Press), which won Hawaiʻi Book of the Year and Excellence in Hawaiian Culture honors in 1997. I also served as Communications Officer for the Honolulu City Council (1992-1994).

While working at the university, Ka Leo and KTUH staffs won national and state honors for their work, including consecutive Paʻi Awards for College Newspaper Excellence. The College Media Association selected me in 2012 for the Reid H. Montgomery Distinguished Service Award and made me a Lifetime Member in 2017.

In 2013 I accepted a Fulbright Scholar award to teach journalism at universities in Viet Nam for the 2013-2014 academic year. That opportunity led to a workshop at the U.S. Embassy's American Center in Yangon, Myanmar, and in subsequent summers to conducting seminars, panels and lectures for university programs in Singapore, Viet Nam, Korea, and Japan, for the Asian American Journalists Association-Asia Chapter annual N3Con conference and the Vietnam Journalists Association, and for the Associated Collegiate Press' annual conventions in the United States.

Jay Hartwell
P.O. Box 240641 Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96824-0641



May 1979
Master of Science degree
Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism. New York City.

Graduated May 1979 with Master of Science degree. Concentration: Broadcast Journalism. Master’s Thesis Project: New York City Public Schools. Overseas Press Club Scholarship.

May 1978
Bachelor's Degree Cum Laude
The Colorado College. Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Graduated May 1978 with Bachelor's Degree Cum Laude. Major: Political Science. Blue Key Honor Society. Editor, The Catalyst. Chair, Cutler Publications, Inc.


Faculty Adviser – Student Media.
University of Hawaiʻi - Mānoa. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Resumed position as adviser to student media programs, including the campus newspaper (KaLeo), website (kaleo.org)... Read

Aug–2013 Jun–2014
Fulbright Core Scholar – Viet Nam.
Hue, Viet Nam

Hosted by Hue University in central Viet Nam to conduct journalism workshops at the College of Sciences and universities...Read More

Aug–1997 Jul–2013
Faculty Adviser – Student Media
niversity of Hawaiʻi - Mānoa. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Serve as faculty member for University’s Department of Student Life and Development, which provides extra-curricular learning experiences for...Read More

Sep–1994 Aug–1997
Freelance Writer
Honolulu, Hawaii.

Finished 250-page book, Nā Mamo: Hawaiian People Today (Honolulu: ʻAi Pohaku Press)...Read More

Aug–1994 Sep–1994
Media Director
Gary Gill for Mayor

Coordinated media outreach and publicity for Honolulu mayoral candidate Gary Gill...Read More

Oct–1992 Jul–1994
Communications Officer
Honolulu City Council

Served as media liaison and oversaw project that televised live Council meetings, including first, remote live broadcast from Kapolei...Read More

Jun–1988 Oct–1990
Kawananakoa Foundation Fellowship

Researched Nā Mamo: Hawaiian People Today, 250-page nonfiction book on modern native Hawaiians...Read More

Nov–1980 Jun–1988
Writer and Night City Editor
The Honolulu Advertiser

Reported for 105,000-circulation, locally owned, morning newspaper...Read More

Summer 1980
News Assistant
Cable News Network (CNN). New York City.

Helped financial correspondents and editors Myron Kandel and Lou Dobbs and occasionally bureau anchor Mary Alice Williams during CNN’s launch.

Sep–1979 JuN–1980
Graduate Assistant
Columbia University. New York City.

Oversaw Graduate School of Journalism's Broadcast Lab and assisted students with courses.

Summers 1977 (Intern) and 1979.
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Worked as general assignment staff writer for Honolulu's afternoon daily newspaper.


2013 2014
Awardee, Fulbright U.S.
Core Scholar for Viet Nam

Awardee, College Media Associations’
Reid H. Montgomery Distinguished Service Award

Fellow, Knight Digital Media Center
University of California at Berkeley

Awardee, College Media Associations’ Four-Year
Honor Roll Multi-Media Adviser

Awardee, from HawaiʻiBook of the Year and Excellence in Hawaiian Culture honors
Book Publishers Association (for Nā Mamo: Hawaiian People Today)


Board member 2010 - present
Hawaii Publishers Association

1997 - present
College Media Association

1999 2005
Collegiate Broadcasters Inc.


Summer - 2006
WebCT Certification
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Recruitment Bootcamp
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Conducting Internal Investigations
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Advanced Facilitation
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Fundraising for Student Affairs
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Designing and Facilitating
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Learning to Lead Collaboratively
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Designing and Using Information Technology Accessible to Persons with Disabilities
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Facilitating Strategic Thinking & Planning
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


Nā Mamo: Hawaiian People Today
Honolulu: ʻAi Pohaku Press


2015 - present
Member, ʻAina Haina Prepared
Trained for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

2003 - 2011
Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 10 (Kaimuki, Hawaiʻi), Boy Scouts of America

2003 - 2012
Positive Coaching Alliance-Hawaiʻi

2000 - 2002
Committee Chair
Pack 1, Boy Scouts of America

1998 - 2004
Publicity Chair
Hanahauʻoli School Children’s Fair

1993 - 1995
The Early School Board of Directors


Feb 20, 2016
“Reinventing Student Media”
Moderated day long

Facilitated workshop at Associated Collegiate Press National College Journalism Convention, (Los Angeles, Calif.). Overseas Press Club Scholarship.

Feb-2016 Oct-2015
Associated Collegiate Press
Moderated day long

“Be Prepared for Breaking News,” “Shooting Video on Your Smart Phone,” “Reformatting Content for Social Media,” and “10 Lessons Learned from a Life in Journalism” at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Journalism Conventions (Los Angeles: February 18-21, 2016, and Austin: October 29-31, 2015).

Feb-19,2015 Sep-11,2015 Feb-2,2016.
“10 Lessons Learned from a Life in Journalism”
Punahou School (Honolulu)

Jul-7, 2015
“Future of Journalism Education in Universities in Vietnam”
Engaging with Vietnam Conference, Hanoi, Viet Nam

Served as convener and moderator of a two-hour roundtable discussion that featured journalism deans from the Universities of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the editor of an online news site, and respondents from Vietnam National University and University of California at Berkeley.

Feb-23, 2015.
“Fulbright Scholars”
Office of Student Affairs, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Oct-31, 2014
“Fulbright in Your Future”
Associated Collegiate Press National College Journalism Convention, Philadelphia

Mar-12, 2014
“Fulbright Opportunities”
East-West Center International Media Conference, Yangon, Myanmar

Dec-16, 2013
“(Mis)Representing Vietnam through Photography”
Engaging with Vietnam Conference, Thai Nguyen University

Mar 26-30, 2012
“Creating a Student Newspaper”
IDEA International School (Hue, Viet Nam)

Included field trips to Thua Thien Hua newspaper and TRT television and radio offices.

Apr-2, 2012
“Interviewing and Photography for a Student Newspaper”
IDEA International School Open House (Hue, Viet Nam)

Apr-3, 2012
“My Pathway to Student Media Advising and the University of Hawaiʻi.”
Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Hue University (Hue, Viet Nam)

Association of College Unions International
Hawaiʻi Sub-Regional Conference in Hilo

Oct-1, 2011
“The AP Quiz”
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Media Symposium, (Hilo, Hawaiʻi)

Nov-8, 2003
“Ten Tips to Surviving Reader Outrage.”
Associated Collegiate Press National Convention (Dallas, Texas)

Nov-8, 2003
“College Editor. Summer Intern. The Job”
Associated Collegiate Press National Convention (Dallas, Texas)

May-9, 2003
“Your Journalism Future.”
Hawaii Publishers Association annual awards luncheon

For Hawaii High School Journalism Awards (Honolulu, Hawaiʻi).

Apr-12, 2003
“College Editor. Summer Intern. The Job.”
JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention (Portland, Oregon)

Ho`opili Hou
Hawaiʻi State Student Leadership Conference, Kauaʻi

Ho`opili Hou
Hawaiʻi State Student Leadership Conference, Laʻie

16, 15, 14, 05, 04, 03, 2000, 1999
Associated Collegiate
Press Conventions

Hoʻopili Hou
Hawaiʻi State Student Leadership Conference, Hilo