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Currently available:

Education Reporter

Honolulu Civil Beat is looking for an insightful, incisive and experienced education reporter to write about core problems in Hawaii’s K-12 system.

We’re seeking someone with a deep understanding of education policy who can zero in on difficult issues with an eye toward innovative solutions that might improve education in the islands. Understanding the budget, the role of the teachers union, politics and local culture will be key. On a practical level, effective investigative reporting and deft writing will be crucial to this work. (We’re not looking for a typical schools “beat” reporter.)

Our ideal candidate will have a proven record of success on investigative education-related projects and shorter watchdog enterprise coverage. Excellent analytical skills and writing with voice are essential. Data journalism skills and previous knowledge of Hawaii are a plus.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 5 years experience as a reporter with a background in education policy

  • Proven investigative reporting skills including familiarity with various online research tools

  • Comfortable with social media and using multiple platforms to engage readers

  • Experience and/or interest in online journalism including innovative developments

Honolulu Civil Beat is a nonprofit online news site founded in 2010 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar. We are a growing news operation that seeks to contribute to positive social change and community building in creative and innovative ways.

If you’re interested, please drop a resume, clips and cover-email to Editor Patti Epler at patti@civilbeat.org. Open til filled.

 

Opinion Editor

Honolulu Civil Beat is seeking an Opinion Editor to oversee our editorial and commentary section.

This is very a hands on job. The Opinion Editor is the chief editorial writer and needs to be able to write at least two editorials a week on behalf of the Civil Beat Editorial Board. That often involves inviting newsmakers and community leaders in for ed board meetings.

This editor may also write bylined columns as the mood strikes, and helps keep an eye on reader comments on stories.

This position is also responsible for organizing and editing op-eds (we call them Community Voices), approximately one a day. This editor recruits and manages a diverse stable of contributing voices.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent persuasive writer who has (or can develop) a solid grasp of myriad issues important to Hawaii and to Civil Beat.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent reporting and writing skills and the ability to write short-form editorials quickly and as needed to be on top of a developing issue
  • Good people skills necessary to work in a multicultural island environment and is comfortable representing Civil Beat in the community
  • Experience as an editorial writer or equivalent (are you a commentator? speechwriter? lawyer?)
  • Editing experience
  • Familiarity with online news operations and interest in developing innovative opportunities to engage readers and build community including through video and podcast formats

Honolulu Civil Beat is a nonprofit news site founded in 2010 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar. We are a growing news operation that seeks to contribute to positive social change and community building in creative and innovative ways.

Send a cover letter explaining why you want this job, resume and clips to Editor Patti Epler, pattti@civilbeat.org. Open til filled.

Senior Business Writer

Honolulu Civil Beat is looking for a reporter to cover Hawaii’s business community who will take an innovative approach to exploring fundamental issues that affect business and the economy in this isolated island state.

We have a $10 billion commuter rail project in the works. We are on the cutting edge of renewable energy. We rely on food to be imported from the mainland even though we have plentiful agricultural lands and ideal growing conditions. The cost of living is tremendous, primarily because of housing costs, yet wages are relatively low in many sectors. We are ground zero for the biotech industry and GMO seed production. Tourism is huge but the military and government spending play a major role in the economy. We can’t seem to develop a technology sector for the life of us. Public and private labor unions are political powerhouses.

How do all these elements fit together to help or hinder growth, economic development and the quality of life in Hawaii? We’re looking for a veteran business writer to take a holistic approach and produce innovative stories and projects that help the public understand this important aspect of our lives here, including the intersection of business and politics.

This is primarily an enterprise and investigative job that requires excellent news judgment, sharp writing and analytical skills. Experience with data reporting is a plus. This is a new position for us and the successful candidate will have a big hand in shaping it.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 5 years experience as a reporter with a background in business, economic or financial reporting

  • Proven investigative reporting skills including familiarity with various online research tools

  • Comfortable with social media and using multiple platforms to engage readers

  • Experience and/or interest in online journalism including innovative developments

Honolulu Civil Beat is a nonprofit news site founded in 2010 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar. We are a growing news operation that seeks to contribute to positive social change and community building in creative and innovative ways.

Send a cover letter explaining your vision for a beat like this, resume and clips to Editor Patti Epler, patti@civilbeat.org. Open til filled.

 

Contract Columnist — Kauai

Civil Beat is looking for a columnist on Kauai who will help us expand our news coverage beyond Oahu. (We have already hired columnists on Maui and the Big Island.)

These are freelance, contract positions, not staff jobs. We want someone who can commit to a regular column, preferably once a week but at least two times a month. We’re also open to more than one writer in order to achieve a weekly presence (two people each writing two columns, for instance).

Most importantly, we are not looking to do the same stories other media are doing. Topics might sometimes be the same — a county council issue, for instance — but we want writers who can get below the surface and provide a thoughtful or analytical approach to issues, people and events.

Excellent writing skills a must. Journalism experience preferred.

Interested? Please send a cover letter explaining who you are and why you’d be a good fit along with a resume and clips to news@civilbeat.org. Please specify in the subject line which island you are on.