The Star-Advertiser will be divided into four sections most days: the first section, Local/Money, Sports and Today. The first, or A, section will include national and international news, with the editorial pages — Views & Voices — at the back. The second section will include local news as well as the business report. Section three will be devoted to sports, and the final section to features and entertainment.
Questions and answers
About the new Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Question: Who owns the Star-Advertiser? Answer: Canada-based Black Press Ltd., a chain of 150 newspapers in Canada, Washington, Hawaii and Ohio.
Q: Who runs the Star-Advertiser? A: The newspaper is managed by Oahu Publications Inc., a subsidiary of Black Press. Dennis Francis is president of Oahu Publications and Star-Advertiser publisher.
Q: Who are the Star-Advertiser’s local owners? A: Dan Case, Dennis Francis, Larry Johnson, Duane Kurisu, Colbert Matsumoto, Jeffrey Watanabe and Michael Wo.
Q: What happens to my newspaper subscription? A: The Honolulu Star-Advertiser will be delivered to former Star-Bulletin and Advertiser subscribers for the length of time remaining on their subscriptions. The company will extend subscriptions for those who take both papers, combining time left on the two subscriptions with no additional charge. For more information, call 538-NEWS (6397).
Q: How much do the new Star-Advertiser subscriptions cost? A: The subscription price is $4.35 a week for seven days. Call 538-NEWS (6397) to subscribe.
Q: Will the newspaper sponsor community events? A: Current relationships are being reviewed to determine which will be renewed.
Q: Where are the Star-Advertiser offices? A: The newsroom and administrative offices are at 500 Ala Moana Blvd. in Waterfront Plaza. The newsroom is on the second floor of Building 7 in Suite 210, where the Star-Bulletin staff worked for the past nine years. The sales and administrative staff will remain on the fifth floor.
Q: How many jobs were eliminated in the consolidation? A: About 453 jobs were cut from both newspapers, leaving a consolidated staff of 474.
Q: Is the Star-Advertiser hiring? A: Part-time inserter and mailroom positions are still available. They will be advertised in the newspaper.
Q: Whom do I contact to get Star-Advertiser coverage? A: A listing of departments and contacts will run each day on Page 2.
Q: How do I contact the Star-Advertiser’s advertising department? A: Listings and contacts for various types of advertising will run each day on Page 2.
Q: Will advertising rates change? A: Star-Advertiser rates have not been determined, but they will reflect the paper’s broader coverage. Star-Advertiser circulation is expected to be 135,000 daily and 150,000 Sunday. The Star-Bulletin’s circulation was about 52,000, and the Advertiser’s circulation was about 110,000 daily and 123,000 Sunday.
NATION & WORLD Our nation and world section aims to bring you a compelling mix of the news you need to read and want to read. The rotating right-hand column will bring you in-depth health and science coverage, as well as the opportunity to get answers to your questions about the news from journalists worldwide. Our global news map will help you locate current events.
VIEWS & VOICES Views & Voices is the Star-Advertiser’s opinion and editorial space, a daily spot in the newspaper where it’s all about viewpoints and perspectives — from us, from readers via letters and commentaries, from noted columnists. Also here: a subsection called Insight, which will include news analyses and in-depth articles.
LOCAL Our Local news section includes several regular daily features on Page 2, including "Police/Fire," "Newswatch" and "Shining Stars." Also on Page 2, "Kokua Line," by June Watanabe, runs Tuesdays through Fridays (it appears in the Kokua section on Saturdays), while "Ocean Watch," by Susan Scott, runs on Mondays and "What Ever Happened to …" on Sundays.
MONEY Look for expanded local business news coverage in the Money section, including Erika Engle’s column, "TheBuzz." On Mondays a personal finance section includes "Motley Fool," plus stories and tips to help readers manage their money. Sunday’s Money section also features three pages from The Wall Street Journal.
SPORTS Even though we’re unveiling a new sports package, many of your favorites from both newspapers will be on your doorstep each morning. Sports columnists Dave Reardon and Ferd Lewis will provide insights. Stephen Tsai and Jason Kaneshiro will dissect every Hawaii football play. Ann Miller and Cindy Luis will keep a close eye on women’s volleyball, while Paul Honda will rule the prep hallways, both in the paper and online.
TODAY The Today lineup expands to six days a week with a Diversions section on Fridays, featuring John Berger’s "On the Scene" photos of happenings around town and Ben Wood’s "Wood Craft" column. The new section will complement TGIF — The Great Index to Fun, a comprehensive guide to movies, music, night life, theater and more that also appears Fridays. On Sundays, look for Wayne Harada’s "Show Biz," Mike Gordon’s column on the movie and TV scene in Hawaii, and an easier-to-read TV Week. In the Food section, Betty Shimabukuro’s "By Request" and Nadine Kam’s "The Weekly Eater" will continue to sate your appetite on Wednesdays, with a monthly contribution by noted island food writer Wanda Adams spicing up things. And you’ll still find the latest trends and how-to advice in the weekly Home, Well and Style pages.
CITY EDITOR Marsha McFadden
Marsha McFadden is a 24-year-veteran of daily newspapers who as managing editor at The Honolulu Advertiser oversaw content and also served as the paper’s de facto ombudsman — fielding questions and complaints.
She joined the Advertiser in 1997 as an assistant city editor, and in 2005 was among 15 Gannett Corp. editors chosen for newsroom supervisor recognition awards. McFadden was named to the John S. Knight Fellowship program at Stanford University in 1995.
She has also served as city editor at the Monterey County (Calif.) Herald, assistant city editor at the San Antonio-Express-News and managing editor of the Clovis News-Journal in New Mexico.
NEWS EDITOR Stephanie Kendrick
Stephanie Kendrick has worked for local newspapers since moving home with a journalism degree from San Francisco State University in 1992.
She cut her teeth at Pacific Business News, inspired by the commitment of its founder, George Mason, to report the truth regardless of who it might upset.
She moved to daily journalism six years later, joining the Star-Bulletin as assistant features editor. When David Black bought the paper, she returned to business news to create and run that section for the new Star-Bulletin. About five years ago, she took over the management of nation and world news.
BUSINESS EDITOR David Butts
David Butts came to Hawaii in 1998 after living for 13 years in Japan. He worked with the nonprofit Parents and Children Together in Kuhio Park Terrace and with the Waimanalo Community Development Corp. before joining The Honolulu Advertiser in 2001.
At the Advertiser, Butts went from assistant business editor to business editor and most recently was local news editor. In Japan he was managing editor/Asia for Bloomberg News and is best known for forcing his way into Japanese press clubs previously off limits to foreign news organizations.
SPORTS EDITOR Paul Arnett
Paul Arnett is a 32-year-veteran of daily newspapers who has been sports editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin since July 2001.
He joined the Star-Bulletin in July 1990 as a beat writer who covered the University of Hawaii football, basketball and baseball teams. For the last six years, the Associated Press Sports Editors has honored the Star-Bulletin sports staff with a top-10 special section award.
Arnett also served stints at the Las Vegas Sun, San Angelo Standard-Times and Galveston Daily News.
TODAY EDITOR Christie Wilson
Today editor Christie Wilson joins the Star-Advertiser after a decade with The Honolulu Advertiser, where she worked as deputy local news editor and Maui correspondent. In recent years she has won awards for investigative, business, health and column writing. The Kalani High graduate earned a bachelor’s degree in film studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and worked for newspapers on Guam and Maui early in her career.
EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR LUCY YOUNG-ODA
Born and raised in Honolulu, Lucy Young-Oda has been a newspaper journalist since graduating from the University of Hawaii-Manoa — and loves it. She’s received awards for reporting, editing and layout, and has been a fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and at the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. She’s been honored to work at the Star-Bulletin as a reporter, city editor, assistant managing editor and now, as editorial page editor.
IN THE NEW STAR-ADVERTISER
Here are some Honolulu Advertiser columnists, features and comics that will appear in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
» Sports columnist Ferd Lewis » Columnist Lee Cataluna » Dave Shapiro’s "Volcanic Ash" » Entertainment columnist Wayne Harada » John Rosemond’s "Parent Power" » Ohana baby pictures » Daily "Word Jumble" » Kathleen Saxe’s "The Word Game" » Daily New York Times crossword puzzle » Jeff Chung’s "K-Drama" » "Annie’s Mailbox" » USA Weekend (instead of PARADE )