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Investigative Editor

Honolulu Civil Beat is looking for an experienced investigative editor who can help take a small staff of smart, passionate reporters to a higher level.

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.

We are seeking a veteran journalist who 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.

Strong watchdog skills are imperative, computer-assisted reporting and data-mining experience a plus. Generally, you need to be a great reporter, excellent writer and sharp editor with at least 10 years’ experience.

Civil Beat pays competitive salaries and has a strong vacation and benefits package, including a 401K employer match. We’re an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and encourages people from underrepresented communities to apply.

If you are someone who can embrace the energy, excitement and demands of a thriving online news outlet 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

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.