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.
Master of Science degree
Graduated May 1979 with Master of Science degree. Concentration: Broadcast Journalism. Master’s Thesis Project: New York City Public Schools. Overseas Press Club Scholarship.
Bachelor's Degree Cum Laude
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.
Resumed position as adviser to student media programs, including the campus newspaper (KaLeo), website (kaleo.org)... Read
Fulbright Core Scholar – Viet Nam.
Hosted by Hue University in central Viet Nam to conduct journalism workshops at the College of Sciences and universities...Read More
Faculty Adviser – Student Media
Serve as faculty member for University’s Department of Student Life and Development, which provides extra-curricular learning experiences for...Read More
Finished 250-page book, Nā Mamo: Hawaiian People Today (Honolulu: ʻAi Pohaku Press)...Read More
Coordinated media outreach and publicity for Honolulu mayoral candidate Gary Gill...Read More
Served as media liaison and oversaw project that televised live Council meetings, including first, remote live broadcast from Kapolei...Read More
Researched Nā Mamo: Hawaiian People Today, 250-page nonfiction book on modern native Hawaiians...Read More
Writer and Night City Editor
Reported for 105,000-circulation, locally owned, morning newspaper...Read More
Helped financial correspondents and editors Myron Kandel and Lou Dobbs and occasionally bureau anchor Mary Alice Williams during CNN’s launch.
Oversaw Graduate School of Journalism's Broadcast Lab and assisted students with courses.
Summers 1977 (Intern) and 1979.
Worked as general assignment staff writer for Honolulu's afternoon daily newspaper.
Awardee, Fulbright U.S.
Awardee, College Media Associations’
Fellow, Knight Digital Media Center
Awardee, College Media Associations’ Four-Year
Awardee, from HawaiʻiBook of the Year and Excellence in Hawaiian Culture honors
Board member 2010 - present
Hawaii Publishers Association
1997 - present
College Media Association
Collegiate Broadcasters Inc.
Summer - 2006
Conducting Internal Investigations
Fundraising for Student Affairs
Designing and Facilitating
Learning to Lead Collaboratively
Designing and Using Information Technology Accessible to Persons with Disabilities
Facilitating Strategic Thinking & Planning
Nā Mamo: Hawaiian People Today
2015 - present
Member, ʻAina Haina Prepared
2003 - 2011
2003 - 2012
2000 - 2002
1998 - 2004
1993 - 1995
Feb 20, 2016
“Reinventing Student Media”
Facilitated workshop at Associated Collegiate Press National College Journalism Convention, (Los Angeles, Calif.). Overseas Press Club Scholarship.
Associated Collegiate Press
“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”
“Future of Journalism Education in Universities in Vietnam”
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.
“Fulbright in Your Future”
“(Mis)Representing Vietnam through Photography”
Mar 26-30, 2012
“Creating a Student Newspaper”
Included field trips to Thua Thien Hua newspaper and TRT television and radio offices.
“Interviewing and Photography for a Student Newspaper”
“My Pathway to Student Media Advising and the University of Hawaiʻi.”
Association of College Unions International
“The AP Quiz”
“Ten Tips to Surviving Reader Outrage.”
“College Editor. Summer Intern. The Job”
“Your Journalism Future.”
For Hawaii High School Journalism Awards (Honolulu, Hawaiʻi).