Civil Beat Named Hawaii's Best News Website, Wins Public Service Award

Nathan Eagle/Honolulu Civil Beat

For the second year in a row, Civil Beat was named the best news website in Hawaii and awarded top honors for both public service and government reporting by the Society of Professional Journalist's Hawaii Chapter.

The SPJ's most prestigious honor, the public service award, recognized Civil Beat's series "Taken For a Ride" about the abrupt rise in school bus transportation costs and the lack of competition between bus contractors.

Civil Beat won eight first place awards in all and was recognized as a finalist 10 times in SPJ's 2011 Excellence in Journalism Awards. SPJ names one first place winner and up to two finalists without rank in each category. Read the full results.

The awards were for work in 2011, Civil Beat's second year of reporting.

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