Honolulu Civil Beat was named Hawaii’s best online news site for the seventh consecutive year Friday as the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held its 2016 Excellence in Journalism Awards banquet.
Civil Beat placed first in seven categories, including Public Service Reporting for “Dying for Vacation,” a series examining the causes of visitor deaths and the effort — or lack of it — to address one of the highest rates of visitor drownings in the country.
• Online feature reporting, “Living Hawaii: The Pipe Dream Of Teaching In Paradise Goes Global,” by Jessica Terrell and Eric Pape. The judge commented, “What at first seems like a ‘Oh that’s silly’ news story about a viral rumor regarding a dream job in Hawaii turns into a serious look into a struggling education system and real-life teachers who are barely keeping their head above water.”
• All-media column writing, Brett Oppegaard, Reader Rep, a column about the news media. The judge commented, “There’s no better time than now for a smart, critical look at journalism and the news media. Brett Oppegaard provides that.”