Honolulu-based tech writer is a lone Hawai’i participant selected for Facebook initiative
A Honolulu-based tech reporter is one of 25 freelance writers nationwide and the only Hawaii launch attendee to join Facebook’s new Bulletin platform.
Facebook announced a $ 5 million pledge in April to support the Bulletin platform for writers, independent experts and authoritative voices to find, build and monetize their audiences.
With his background in print, radio, television and online media, Ryan Kawailani Ozawa will publish the “Hawaii Bulletin”, which will focus on island innovation. It will spotlight science, technology, startups and entrepreneurs based in Hawaii, and feature local leaders, creators, educators, and more, as well as indigenous knowledge and local initiatives.
“The newsletter combines the undeniable connective tissue that Facebook already provides to countless communities with something as simple and accessible as email,” Ozawa said. “This will hopefully give me a chance to be more personal, and perhaps more opinionated, than my old school journalism background would dictate otherwise. I hope this will also allow readers to feel more personally connected to the stories I tell.
Many creators are already sharing their content and engaging with audiences on Facebook. Bulletin provides a way for Facebook to support its work and activities by connecting readers to Bulletin posts and facilitating new relationships directly with editors.
Ozawa was selected to participate in the program, following an application process conducted in partnership with the International Center for Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
“With access to these services and the tools that Bulletin offers to create content, create an engaged audience, and generate income, we can better support writers in their efforts to build independent businesses, in turn helping them serve their communities and giving people the local information essential to their lives, ”said Campbell Brown, Facebook’s vice president of global partnerships.
The product will remain free until 2023.