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Civil Beat, an online news service launched by Peer News on May 4, 2010, provides people with a “civic square,” where citizens can learn about and understand, debate and discover the important issues facing Hawaii. The service focuses on a holistic approach to news, providing in-depth reporting on the issues subscribers care about most.

Civil Beat aims to empower citizens to create positive change by connecting people to each other and informing them on key issues. The news service provides a forum for people to voice their opinions and share their knowledge in a civil environment that encourages conversation and dialogue – and enables them to learn from those with whom they might disagree.

At the core of Civil Beat are two main concepts:

Content: Civil Beat takes an investigative and analytical approach to journalism, focusing on topics and issues as opposed to event-based reporting. The entire Civil Beat staff, including reporters, will interact with the community to ask essential questions to start discussions and dialogue on key issues.

Conversations: The service offers a place for civil interactions and idea sharing, where everyone can contribute to important dialogue. As a result, all members will be accountable for their voice (no anonymous comments are allowed).

Our Topic Pages are our way of giving you longer background articles on the issues we are covering, for you to use when you are inclined to dive deeper into a particular issue. Other news organizations sometimes call these special reports or backgrounders. We also include biographies of our news team and key players in our community. We also link directly to source documents whenever they are available, to save you time if you are interested in researching an issue more deeply

The Projector: Crunch Time At The Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: Crunch Time At The Legislature

With this year’s legislative session set to end May 5, Senate and House lawmakers raced to triage bills they still hope to pass.

Patti Epler: Our Beef With The Donald Trump Campaign Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Patti Epler: Our Beef With The Donald Trump Campaign

We work hard to be an independent, nonpartisan news operation. Even presidential candidates need to understand that.

And The Winners Are …

And The Winners Are …

We are pleased to announce the winners and finalists in Civil Beat’s Emerging Writers Contest.

Civil Beat Emerging Writers Contest Now Open To Any And All Media Forms flickr: Hillary

Civil Beat Emerging Writers Contest Now Open To Any And All Media Forms

We’re widening our writing contest. Do it your way: writing, audio, video, graphics, etc. Make your voice heard at Civil Beat. And get paid for it.

Bob Ortega: 5 Baffling Flaws Hawaii Shouldn’t Shrug Off Denise Laitinen

Bob Ortega: 5 Baffling Flaws Hawaii Shouldn’t Shrug Off

From politicians who love secrecy to policies that punish society’s weakest members, Hawaii deserves better.

Civil Beat Beefs Up Its Editing Team Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Beefs Up Its Editing Team

We’re adding another editor and expanding our national news coverage through a new network of media organizations.

Civil Beat Named Best News Site in Hawaii By Journalism Group

Civil Beat Named Best News Site in Hawaii By Journalism Group

The awards presentation on Friday night recognized local TV, radio, magazine, newspaper and online sites for outstanding work in 2014.

LIVE: Day 2 of Carleton Ching’s DLNR Nomination Hearing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

LIVE: Day 2 of Carleton Ching’s DLNR Nomination Hearing

Hawaii senators continue their questioning of the controversial chairman nominee for the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

LIVE: Carleton Ching’s DLNR Nomination Hearing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

LIVE: Carleton Ching’s DLNR Nomination Hearing

Watch the live stream of the controversial nominee for chairman of the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

From Moscow, With Aloha: A Recap of Snowden’s Talk in Hawaii (VIDEO)

From Moscow, With Aloha: A Recap of Snowden’s Talk in Hawaii (VIDEO)

In case you missed it: Watch a replay of Edward Snowden talking about the morality of breaking the law to enact change, and his only regret.

Have Something to Say to Civil Beat? Here Are Our Commenting Guidelines Cory Lum/Civll Beat

Have Something to Say to Civil Beat? Here Are Our Commenting Guidelines

Civil Beat aims to be the online civic square for discussion of important issues Hawaii. We welcome open — and civil — comments.

Pod Squad on Omidyar, Philanthropy and Civil Beat

Pod Squad on Omidyar, Philanthropy and Civil Beat

Editor Patti Epler joins the podcast to talk about her recent article that rounded up our publisher’s $100 million worth of philanthropy in Hawaii.

Civil Beat’s 10 Most Read Stories of 2014 PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Civil Beat’s 10 Most Read Stories of 2014

Hawaii’s cost of living, GMO farming and homelessness were among the issues that attracted a lot of attention from our readers.

Hawaii’s 2014 in 25 Tweets

Hawaii’s 2014 in 25 Tweets

There were advances for minimum-wage workers, the cost of living kept climbing and a bit of football history — and the Twitteratti were there.

Civil Beat Drops Subscription Rate

New monthly price reflects broader reach stemming from partnership with Huffington Post.

April 2016

Friday, April 29

The Projector: Crunch Time At The Legislature

January 2016

Monday, January 25

Patti Epler: Our Beef With The Donald Trump Campaign

December 2015

Sunday, December 20

And The Winners Are …

November 2015

Wednesday, November 11

Civil Beat Emerging Writers Contest Now Open To Any And All Media Forms

October 2015

Tuesday, October 13

Bob Ortega: 5 Baffling Flaws Hawaii Shouldn’t Shrug Off

Wednesday, October 7

Civil Beat Beefs Up Its Editing Team

June 2015

Saturday, June 27

Civil Beat Named Best News Site in Hawaii By Journalism Group

March 2015

Thursday, March 12

LIVE: Day 2 of Carleton Ching’s DLNR Nomination Hearing

Wednesday, March 11

LIVE: Carleton Ching’s DLNR Nomination Hearing

February 2015

Saturday, February 14

From Moscow, With Aloha: A Recap of Snowden’s Talk in Hawaii (VIDEO)

Wednesday, February 11

Have Something to Say to Civil Beat? Here Are Our Commenting Guidelines

Tuesday, February 10

Pod Squad on Omidyar, Philanthropy and Civil Beat

December 2014

Friday, December 26

Civil Beat’s 10 Most Read Stories of 2014

Wednesday, December 24

Hawaii’s 2014 in 25 Tweets

October 2013

Friday, October 11

Civil Beat Drops Subscription Rate

June 2013

Tuesday, June 4

New Deputy Editor Joins The Civil Beat Team

May 2013

Wednesday, May 29

HuffPost Hawaii Will Allow Civil Beat To Expand Watchdog Effort

May 2012

Tuesday, May 1

A Letter From Civil Beat

April 2012

Thursday, April 12

From a Few Hands to Many

Saturday, April 7

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of April 2 – 6

March 2012

Thursday, March 29

Civil Beat Editor to Join Washington Post as Managing Editor

Friday, March 16

Saying Goodbye

Friday, March 9

New Civil Beat Blogs Offer More Fresh News

Saturday, March 3

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Feb. 27 – March 2

February 2012

Saturday, February 25

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Feb. 20 – 24

Friday, February 17

Civil Beat Is Looking for a Reporter-Host

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Feb. 13 – 17

Saturday, February 11

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Feb. 6 – 10

Sunday, February 5

Civil Beat Is Back — We Apologize for the Outage

December 2011

Monday, December 26

2011 Year in Review — Civil Beat Tells Hawaii’s Story

Friday, December 23

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Dec. 19 – 23

Tuesday, December 6

The Gift of Civil Beat – Three Months at 50% Off, Plus One Month Free

Saturday, December 3

Introducing ‘The Beat’ — A New Everyday Live Blog

Friday, December 2

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Nov. 28 — Dec. 2

November 2011

Thursday, November 17

Tired of Economic Woes, Negative News? Share Thanksgiving Stories

Saturday, November 12

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Nov. 7 – 11

Thursday, November 3

Vote For Our Next Change Begins With a Question™ Topic

October 2011

Friday, October 28

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Oct. 17 – 21

Friday, October 14

VIDEO – KITV Week In Review: Oct. 14

Saturday, October 1

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Sept. 26-30

September 2011

Friday, September 30

VIDEO – Civil Beat on KITV This Week

Wednesday, September 28

Civil Beat Comments — Confusing No More

Saturday, September 24

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Sept. 19-23

Saturday, September 17

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Sept. 12-16

Friday, September 9

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Sept. 5-9

Thursday, September 8

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Editor Joins Civil Beat

Saturday, September 3

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Aug. 29 – Sept. 2

August 2011

Friday, August 26

Coverage Expands With an Eye Toward Asia

Saturday, August 20

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Aug. 15-19

Friday, August 12

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Aug. 8-12

Saturday, August 6

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of August 1 — 5

Tuesday, August 2

Change Begins With A Question™: Which News Service Will You Choose?

July 2011

Saturday, July 30

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of July 25-29

Saturday, July 23

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of July 18-22

Friday, July 15

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of July 11-15

Saturday, July 2

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of June 27 — July 1

June 2011

Tuesday, June 28

Civil Beat’s Birthday Sweepstakes Winners

Saturday, June 25

Civil Beat Named Hawaii’s Best News Website

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of June 20-24

Sunday, June 19

Civil Beat to Open Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, June 18

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of June 13-17

Saturday, June 4

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of May 30-June 3

Wednesday, June 1

The Editorial Judgment Behind Fact Checks

May 2011

Saturday, May 28

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of May 23-27

Tuesday, May 24

Civil Beat Discussions – New And Improved

Friday, May 20

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of May 16-20

Saturday, May 14

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of May 9-13

Our Birthday Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Tuesday, May 10

Help Civil Beat Choose a Community Project

Saturday, May 7

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of May 2-6

Temple’s Take: Looking to The Future

Wednesday, May 4

On Civil Beat’s Birthday, The Gifts Are For You

Civil Beat’s Year In Review

April 2011

Friday, April 29

Week 52: Time to Start Counting in Years

Wednesday, April 27

We Like Birthdays!

Saturday, April 23

Week 51: An Open Letter to You

Wednesday, April 20

Civil Beat’s Inouye Article Sparks Civil Tweets

Saturday, April 16

Week 50: News You Won’t Find Anywhere Else

Saturday, April 2

Week 48: What’s Going on at Honolulu Hale?

March 2011

Wednesday, March 23

Off The Beat: What Gets Biggest Headline in Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Saturday, March 19

Week 46: Sticking with the Hawaii Tsunami and Japan Radiation Stories

Thursday, March 17

Civil Beat Is Hiring

February 2011

Saturday, February 19

Week 42: Keeping the Beat

January 2011

Friday, January 14

Week in Review: Gearing Up for the ‘Ledge’

Friday, January 7

Week 36: Civil Beat’s Brand of Journalism Now Free for Occasional Readers

December 2010

Wednesday, December 29

The Year in Review — 2010 Recycled

Friday, December 24

Week 34: Civil Beat’s 12 Days of Christmas

Saturday, December 11

This Holiday, Give the Gift of Civil Beat

November 2010

Monday, November 15

Civil Beat Welcomes Nanea Kalani and Robert Brown

Saturday, November 13

Week 28: What Are Journalists for, Anyway?

Saturday, November 6

Week 27: Observations About Governor’s Race and Civil Beat Polls

Tuesday, November 2

Election Day and Three Free Content Days

October 2010

Monday, October 25

Public Employee Salaries Are Public

Tuesday, October 19

Going ‘Over the Top’ – Rappelling 31 Stories for Charity

Friday, October 15

Week 24: Rail, Politics and a New Mayor

Thursday, October 14

Thinking Differently with [re]think Hawaii

Thursday, October 7

HPD: Law Doesn’t Apply to Us

Friday, October 1

Week 22: We Mark Six Months Since Editorial Team Came Together

September 2010

Wednesday, September 29

Site Maintenance Today at 2 p.m.

Friday, September 24

Week 21: An Election to Remember

Tuesday, September 14

Civil Beat Presents Free Content Days

Wednesday, September 8

Envision Hawaii Hosts Local News Media

Hawaii, Your Pictures Are Worth 1,000 Words

Friday, September 3

Can’t Miss Comments, Sept. 4 — Change is Good

Week 18: Enjoying the Fruits of Our Labor

August 2010

Monday, August 30

Ian Lind Explains Value of Civil Beat’s Salary Coverage in Op-Ed on Hawaii Public Radio

Civil Beat Gets a Makeover

Tuesday, August 17

What Are These Beatups All About Anyway?

New Look for Civil Beat Coming Soon

Monday, August 16

Civil Beat Editorials Will Take Positions on Issues, But We Won’t Be Endorsing Candidates

July 2010

Thursday, July 29

Meet ‘Value of Hawaii’ Editors at Civil Beat

Saturday, July 10

Comments You Don’t Want To Miss – July 10

Friday, July 9

Week 10: The News Never Stops

Saturday, July 3

Week 9: Two Months Feels Like a Year

Thursday, July 1

Civil Beat Publishes Corrections Policy

June 2010

Friday, June 25

Week 8: So Much I Don’t Want You to Miss

Saturday, June 19

Comments You Don’t Want To Miss – June 26

Friday, June 18

Week 7: Human Trafficking, Rail and Teacher Pay

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