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Currently available:

Honolulu City Government/Oahu Reporter

Honolulu Civil Beat is seeking a reporter who will embrace the energy, excitement and demands of an award-winning digital news nonprofit dedicated to in-depth reporting and accountability journalism in Hawaii.

This position will be grounded in Honolulu city hall but should take readers well beyond the weekly agendas to every corner of Oahu, the state’s most populous island with nearly 1 million people. We’re looking for someone who prefers enterprise, watchdog and investigative reporting over covering meetings. The issues are wide-ranging and resonate deeply here —government accountability and politics, economic development, the environment, social justice, our quality of life — this beat is well-suited to an excellent writer who has a curiosity about many things and a sharp eye for stories that people will care about. 

You should have a minimum of 3-5 years experience and a propensity for digging and data,  source building and compelling storytelling. Knowledge of Hawaii, the most diverse state in the U.S., a digital mindset and multimedia skills are definite pluses.

We offer a solidly funded, healthy workplace where people get along well and work together. We are growing our staff, not cutting back and we welcome innovation and creative ideas about journalism.

Civil Beat pays competitive salaries and has a strong vacation and benefits package, including a 401K match.

We strongly value a diverse workforce and encourage people from underrepresented communities to apply.

If you’d like to join Civil Beat in helping making a difference in Hawaii, email a resume, 3-5 clips and a cover letter to Jim Simon, managing editor, jsimon@civilbeat.org and Patti Epler, editor, pepler@civilbeat.org

Criminal Justice Reporter

Honolulu Civil Beat, a nonprofit public affairs and investigative news site, is looking for a reporter with a strong track record for turning out high-end enterprise and watchdog stories to cover criminal justice issues in Hawaii.

This is one of our premier beats. Civil Beat has won multiple awards for its in-depth coverage of police accountability and corruption, prisons, courts and other legal affairs. Though there will be some breaking news coverage, the beat is focused on enterprise rather than daily cops and courts reporting.

We’re looking for a reporter with a minimum of 3-5 years experience who can combine strong digging and data skills, source building and compelling storytelling. Knowledge of Hawaii, the most diverse state in the U.S., a digital mindset and multimedia skills are definite pluses.

We’re a very collaborative newsroom, too. The reporter can expect at times to lead or pitch in on reporting projects about topics other than the criminal justice system.

Civil Beat pays competitive salaries and has a strong vacation and benefits package, including a 401K match.

Civil Beat strongly values a diverse workforce and encourages people from underrepresented communities to apply.

If you’d like to join Civil Beat in helping making a difference in Hawaii, email a resume, 3-5 clips and a cover letter to Jim Simon, managing editor, jsimon@civilbeat.org and Patti Epler, editor, pepler@civilbeat.org

Audio/Podcast Reporter

Honolulu Civil Beat is looking for a skilled audio journalist with a passion for investigative reporting and long-form storytelling to take over as the lead reporter and host for our award-winning podcast Offshore.

Civil Beat is a thriving nonprofit news site in Honolulu. Offshore, which also airs on Hawaii Public Radio, is a serialized journalism podcast that tackles some of the most socially relevant issues in America today.

Past seasons have examined issues of race relations and federal power in Hawaii through the lens of two law enforcement killings, the clash of science and culture atop Hawaii’s tallest mountain, black market adoptions and the legacy of nuclear testing in the Pacific.

We’re looking for a motivated and energetic journalist with excellent reporting and writing chops, strong audio editing skills, and a demonstrated track record of producing compelling long-form storytelling.

Our ideal candidate will have three to five years of professional reporting experience — including at least two years of audio reporting experience — strong investigative reporting skills, a knack for narrative storytelling, and the ability to work collaboratively with a small team to produce highly ambitious journalism. Experience with Pro Tools is preferred. That said, we’re willing to consider great journalists who may not have every skill on our ideal checklist.

In addition to Offshore, the audio reporter will be expected to pitch in on audio projects across the newsroom, including a new StoryCorps-inspired mobile recording project.

Civil Beat strongly values a diverse workforce and encourages people from underrepresented communities to apply. A familiarity with Hawaii is preferred.

We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits, professional development opportunities, a generous vacation policy, and 10 paid holidays a year.

If you’re interested, please send a resume, clips and a cover-email by Jan. 15 to Jessica Terrell at jterrell@civilbeat.org and Patti Epler at pepler@civilbeat.org.

 

Contract Reporters — Neighbor Islands

Civil Beat is looking for a reporters on neighbor islands who will help us expand our news coverage beyond Oahu.

We have immediate availability for writers on Maui.

These are freelance, contract positions, not staff jobs. We want someone who can commit to a regular column, preferably once a week but at least two times a month. We’re also open to more than one writer per island in order to achieve a weekly presence (two people each writing two articles, for instance).

Most importantly, we are not looking to do the same stories other media are doing. Topics might sometimes be the same — a county council issue, for instance — but we want writers who can get below the surface and provide a thoughtful or analytical approach to issues, people and events.

Excellent writing skills a must. Journalism experience preferred.

Please send a cover letter explaining who you are and why you’d be a good fit along with a resume and clips to news@civilbeat.org. Please specify in the subject line which island you are on.