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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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Reader Rep: Watch What You Say Or Face The Obvious Consequences Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Reader Rep: Watch What You Say Or Face The Obvious Consequences

It’s not as if editors are standing by, waiting to police the comment string that follows news articles. We all should do our part to make this work.

Civil Beat’s Work Is Honored By Local Groups Tim Huynh/Civil Beat

Civil Beat’s Work Is Honored By Local Groups

Reporting on Chinatown and behavioral health issues recognized by a community organization and the Hawaii Psychological Association.

Civil Beat Draws On Local Talent To Bring Back Cartooning Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Draws On Local Talent To Bring Back Cartooning

Meet Waipahu native Caleb Hartsfield, a recent UH graduate who debuts today as our cartoonist.

Civil Beat’s Newest Intern Is Already Retired Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat’s Newest Intern Is Already Retired

Our kupuna have a lot to offer Civil Beat's readers not to mention our reporters.
New Civil Beat Initiative: Meet 3 Aspiring Young Hawaii Journalists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Civil Beat Initiative: Meet 3 Aspiring Young Hawaii Journalists

We're helping local journalists develop important high-level skills in our new intensive internship program.
How to See More News On Facebook Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

How to See More News On Facebook

A recent change in the social media network's News Feed means people will see less content shared by news pages — but there's a way around it.
Ben Nishimoto Is Our New Director Of Philanthropy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ben Nishimoto Is Our New Director Of Philanthropy

Now that Civil Beat is a nonprofit we're beefing up our membership and donor-outreach staff.
Civil Beat Named Best Hawaii News Site For The 6th Year In A Row Patti Epler/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Named Best Hawaii News Site For The 6th Year In A Row

The Society of Professional Journalists also honored us with the top award of the contest, public service journalism, and in many other categories.
Civil Beat: Finding Our Place In Hawaii’s Media Landscape Wall To Wall Studios

Civil Beat: Finding Our Place In Hawaii’s Media Landscape

Our business model is changing. But our mission to help make Hawaii better is stronger than ever.
Trolls Beware: Civil Beat Has A New Commenting System Screenshot: CivilComments.com

Trolls Beware: Civil Beat Has A New Commenting System

We're hoping the change will encourage new voices to join the discussion on issues facing Hawaii.
Series On Micronesians Wins Awards Mentalpez/Civil Beat

Series On Micronesians Wins Awards

Civil Beat's special report took first place in two categories of a contest open to news organizations in 14 Western states.
The Projector: Crunch Time At The Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: Crunch Time At The Legislature

With this year's legislative session set to end May 5, Senate and House lawmakers raced to triage bills they still hope to pass.