Civil Beat’s staff is hitting the road again on Tuesday, this time for a second pop-up newsroom in Hilo.

We were there a couple weeks ago and dozens of people showed up throughout the day to share story ideas and concerns about a variety of things — politics, crime and drugs, housing, education, among other things.

This time we are bringing more reporters including some who focus on issues people said they would like to talk more about so please don’t hesitate to drop by. (The Hilo library is absolutely gorgeous, by the way, if you haven’t been there; it’s worth a visit.)

Here's who's coming from Civil Beat (always subject to change at the last minute as news happens) and generally what they cover: Marcel Honore (climate change and environment and transportation); Thomas Heaton (agriculture and sustainability); Viola Gaskell (education); Kevin Dayton (state government, politics and prisons) and Paula Dobbyn (our Big Island reporter who follows many different issues). Ku'u Kauanoe can talk about our digital, engagement and social media efforts. And Kim Gamel and Nathan Eagle will be the editors on hand. (I'm not going to make this one. Note to Hanna from Huli PAC: no need to bring lunch!)

This pop-up runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. We hope you'll come find us; we'll be in a separate room as you head to the back of the library past the lovely courtyard.

Meanwhile, we have three other Big Island pop-ups scheduled in Waimea, Waikoloa and Honokaa. We are working to get a date for Kona soon.

As always, if you have a library near you that you'd like us to visit please drop a note to news@civilbeat.org. And if you have any particular workshops or training you'd like us to do -- for instance, we talked about social media at Kahuku recently for folks there who wanted to learn more -- just ask.

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