Civil Beat

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Updated May 2017

Honolulu Civil Beat is an online news service launched on May 4, 2010. It focuses on enterprise, in-depth and investigative journalism about public affairs and issues of importance to Hawaii.

In June 2016, Civil Beat became a nonprofit, member-supported news site.

 

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History

Honolulu Civil Beat is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt news organization dedicated to cultivating an informed body of citizens, all striving to make Hawaii a better place to live. The site specializes in investigative and watchdog journalism, in-depth enterprise reporting, analysis and commentary that gives readers a broad view on issues of importance to the community.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar launched Civil Beat in 2010 as a local digital platform that looks beyond traditional print and television media approaches to create a “civic square” where the community can come together to learn about important public policy issues and to share ideas.

Civil Beat started as a subscription site but never took advertising as part of its business model. In 2016, recognizing its mission strategy, the company converted to a nonprofit, eliminated its paywall and now solicits tax-deductible donations from the community as well as foundations and charitable organizations.

Civil Beat is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a coalition of more than 100 nonprofit newsrooms across the U.S.

Operation

Civil Beat publishes an online news website that is updated regularly with news stories, columns, photos, video and reader-submitted Community Voices (op-eds).

Civil Beat also produces a long-form audio podcast called “Offshore” that is available for download on iTunes or at offshorepodcast.com.

A robust social media effort includes Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with a heavy video component. Civil Beat livestreams many community events, news conferences and public appearances via Facebook Live and produces short videos that reach millions of viewers.

Thousands of people subscribe to Civil Beat’s free emailed newsletter, called the Morning Beat, and access news stories and commentary through the email.

Additionally, Civil Beat puts on regular community events such as Hawaii Storytellers and Civil Cafes as well as other public events as a way to engage more people in civic issues. In 2017, Civil Beat launched a series of news literacy discussion forums to help people understand how the news media works and how to navigate the overwhelming flow of news and blogs on the internet.

 

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We Have A New System For Reader Comments Getty Images

We Have A New System For Reader Comments

The new Talk platform is very easy to use. But first you’ll need to create a new account.

Say Aloha To Suevon Lee, Civil Beat’s New Education Reporter Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Say Aloha To Suevon Lee, Civil Beat’s New Education Reporter

We’re expanding our coverage of education and schools in Hawaii, thanks to a grant from the Chamberlin Family Foundation.

Reader Rep: Star-Advertiser Should Stop Skipping State Journalism Contest

Reader Rep: Star-Advertiser Should Stop Skipping State Journalism Contest

The islands’ biggest media outlet has been a conspicuous no show in the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual competition.

Honolulu Civil Beat Named Hawaii’s Best News Site For 7th Straight Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Civil Beat Named Hawaii’s Best News Site For 7th Straight Year

The Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists makes its annual award presentations.

New Members Bring Fresh Perspectives To Civil Beat’s Editorial Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Members Bring Fresh Perspectives To Civil Beat’s Editorial Board

Veteran journalist Chad Blair will oversee our editorial page efforts and community outreach.

Reader Rep: When Public Officials Hide Information From The Public

Reader Rep: When Public Officials Hide Information From The Public

Citizens of Hawaii should demand more transparency of their taxpayer-funded investments.

Pod Squad: A Chat With Civil Beat’s New Managing Editor Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: A Chat With Civil Beat’s New Managing Editor

Jim Simon hopes to get Civil Beat reporters out into the community a bit more.

Reader Rep: Podcasters Helping Put Spark Back In Journalism Patrick Breitenbach/Flickr

Reader Rep: Podcasters Helping Put Spark Back In Journalism

Podcasts are becoming increasingly sophisticated and reaching a growing audience, estimated at 57 million listeners monthly.

Judge Blocks Access To AG Investigation Of Hawaii Auditor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Blocks Access To AG Investigation Of Hawaii Auditor

Civil Beat had sued to get access to the records, but a state judge ruled Thursday that they’re confidential.

Reader Rep: The News Media’s Shifting World Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: The News Media’s Shifting World

Codes of ethics, questionable ads and audience sizes: Sometimes writing about just one topic a week doesn’t cut it.

Covering The Trump Administration, Civil Beat-Style Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Covering The Trump Administration, Civil Beat-Style

We think a new president in the White House along with a GOP-controlled Congress requires a strong journalistic presence in Washington, D.C.