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Currently available:

Deputy Editor

Honolulu Civil Beat is expanding its editorial team with an eye toward growing the next generation of editorial leadership at our innovative, award-winning nonprofit news organization.

The Deputy Editor is responsible for helping oversee the overall management of the newsroom, including an editorial staff of about 20, and is a vital member of the leadership team setting the strategic direction of the growing online-only media operation.

The ideal candidate:

  • is a great journalist, who has demonstrated success as an investigative and watchdog journalist, who embraces accountability and public affairs journalism. Has deep experience as both a reporter and an editor, worked on and managed deep-dive projects.
  • sees journalism as a calling, not a job.
  • is a motivator and mentor as well as a manager, a team leader who can pitch in on projects and help run a daily news operation while juggling enterprise.
  • sees Civil Beat for the opportunities it offers to do great journalism. Is deeply interested in fundamental issues facing journalism today — media trust, reader engagement, business and operational challenges. What big ideas have you been dying to try out but haven’t had the support or funding to carry them out?
  • is a digital native and keeps up with strategies and trends in the online news business. Keeps up with new storytelling and engagement techniques, innovations and advancements in the digital news space.
  • has a real curiosity about Hawaii, and preferably some experience with the state. Wants to make it home.

We believe that journalism can and should have an impact, that a vibrant news organization is vital to democracy, that we can make a difference in the lives of people and in public policy through solid, smart journalism.

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

We’re willing to consider great candidates who may not have every skill on our ideal checklist. But you must have a clear idea of what you want to do with the wide open opportunities that Civil Beat offers for journalists who are serious about making a difference.

This is not a 9-to-5 job but requires someone with a commitment to journalism, the community and the website. You need to have been in this business a minimum of 10 years to truly get what we do.

If you are someone who can embrace the energy, excitement and demands of a thriving 9-year-old online startup in one of the most interesting and beautiful places on the planet, then send a resume and cover letter to our editor, Patti Epler, at

If you previously submitted an application for this position through a search firm, please re-send directly to us.

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 and the Big Island.

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 Please specify in the subject line which island you are on.