Civil Beat, an online news service launched by Peer News on May 4, 2010, provides people with a “civic square,” where citizens can learn about and understand, debate and discover the important issues facing Hawaii. The service focuses on a holistic approach to news, providing in-depth reporting on the issues that are most important to Hawaii.
Civil Beat aims to empower citizens to create positive change by connecting people to each other and informing them on key issues. The news service provides a forum for people to voice their opinions and share their knowledge in a civil environment that encourages conversation and dialogue – and enables them to learn from those with whom they might disagree.
At the core of Civil Beat are two main concepts:
Content: Civil Beat takes an investigative and analytical approach to journalism, focusing on topics and issues as opposed to event-based reporting.
Conversations: The service offers a place for civil interactions and idea sharing, where everyone can contribute to important dialogue. You can do this through Community Voices, which are columns and commentaries submitted by community members, as well as through the comments sections on stories.
In June 2016, Honolulu Civil Beat became a nonprofit news organization. We are counting on broad support from the community to help us continue to bring in-depth, independent journalism to Hawaii.