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Currently available:

Opinion Editor

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

This is very 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 by February 28 to Editor Patti Epler, pattti@civilbeat.org.

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 by February 28 to Editor Patti Epler, pattti@civilbeat.org.

Contract Columnists — Kauai, Big Island

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

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.

Managing Editor

Honolulu Civil Beat is looking for an experienced managing editor who wants to lead a well-funded growing news operation that values deep-dive investigative reporting and exceptional storytelling as well as creativity and innovation.

We are seeking a veteran journalist who is a motivator and mentor as much as a manager. This is the top job on an editorial team of about a dozen writers, editors, multimedia and social media producers and requires the commitment that goes along with that. It is hands-on in every way — from daily editing to project oversight to writing your own pieces to getting out into the community on a regular basis.

If you believe that strong and vibrant journalism is essential to a community, if you want to work with a great crew of award-winning journalists who strive to do even greater things, if you want to experiment with new ideas for engaging people in the world around them, please drop a resume and a note explaining why Civil Beat would be a good place for you to Patti Epler, Editor and General Manager at patti@civilbeat.org.