Civil Beat took home the evening’s top award Friday at the annual Society of Professional Journalist’s Hawaii Chapter awards dinner, taking first in Public Service Reporting.
The award went to Nick Grube and Patti Epler for “In the Name of the Law,” a five-part series on the lack of transparency in misconduct cases involving the Honolulu Police Department.
The series had an almost immediate impact: Last February, a judge ruled in favor of releasing police misconduct information. And earlier this month, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill that will require police chiefs in Hawaii to tell the Legislature how many officers were suspended or fired in a given year and the status of any disciplinary action.
For the fourth year in a row, Civil Beat was also named the Best Overall News Site in Hawaii.
A pile of SPJ awards that went to Civil Beat, snapped during the ceremony on Friday.
Mike Webb/Civil Beat
Civil Beat won five first place awards in all and was recognized as a finalist nine times in SPJ’s 2013 Excellence in Journalism Awards. SPJ names one first place winner and up to two finalists without rank in each category.
The awards were for work done in 2013.
In awarding the Best Overall News Site prize, the judges wrote, “It’s hard to deny CB. Such great, deep reporting nicely presented.”