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Interactive Developer

Honolulu Civil Beat is looking to hire an innovative and versatile front-end designer/developer to help our talented team of investigative journalists explain complex stories in a creative and engaging way.

We’re looking for someone with a passion for great journalism to help build our digital storytelling effort both on and off-platform in conjunction with our small multimedia team and engagement editors.

Our interactive developers work on a wide variety of projects, from months-long immersive experiences to data visualization and smaller reusable elements that enhance our everyday articles. We’d also love to see you pitch and report your own stories when the right idea strikes.

Our ideal candidate should have at least 3 to 5 years experience designing digital stories in a journalistic context and be up to date with the latest web trends, techniques and technologies. You should have strong visual and interactive design skills – a clear grasp of typography, layout, color, motion and behavior. Your portfolio should demonstrate extensive experience with web development technologies, innovative storytelling techniques and UX.


  • Skilled at front-end coding with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Ability to conceive, design, develop, and deploy web components to our WordPress applications.
  • Ability to work closely with the reporters and quickly translate concepts into components.
  • Some experience with PHP and WordPress development would be very helpful.
  • Ideally some experience with front-end tools like sass, node, gulp, and Timber/Twig.
  • Comfortable with git and AWS.

Civil Beat is a leader in developing innovative engagement strategies to foster a well-informed citizenry. Our foundation is strong investigative and explanatory journalism that provides the community with the information and analysis to make good civic decisions. We are a gathering place for the community and we see this position as central to helping people understand complicated public affairs issues and reaching new audiences.

We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package, including health and wellness benefits, a 401k with employer match as well as work-life balance flexibility and opportunities for career development.

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.

Please send a cover letter and samples of your work to Application deadline: May 31 or until filled.


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.