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  • Civil Beat Named Best News Site in Hawaii By Journalism Group

    · By Patti Epler

    Civil Beat has been named the best overall news site in Hawaii for the fifth year in a row by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter.

    Civil Beat also took home the top award of the night — the public service trophy for “Death on the Streets,” a series that revealed more than 400 homeless people have died in Honolulu in recent years. The series also won first-place for investigative reporting in the all-media category.

    The annual awards competition, held Friday evening at the Japanese Cultural Center, honored the best work in 2014 by the state’s journalists in TV, radio, newspaper, magazine and online organizations. Independent journalists and public relations categories also are included.

    HuffPost Hawaii, Civil Beat’s sister site, also won numerous awards this year, including a first place for best reporting using social media for Carla Herreria and first for the staff for headline writing in the all-media contest. HuffPost Hawaii was named a finalist in the best overall news site category.

    Civil Beat Deputy Editor Eric Pape holds the stack of awards given to Civil Beat by the Society of Professional Journalists honoring work done in 2014.

    Cory Lum/Civil Beat

    In the all-media competition — any organization from any media can enter their work in a number of categories — Civil Beat took home five first place awards in addition to investigative reporting and public service:

    • Government reporting: Adrienne LaFrance — “In the Shadows: How Serious Is the Military Sex Assault Problem in Hawaii?“
    • Special section: Eric

  • Pension Promises in 99 Seconds

    · By Mike Webb

    What is Hawaii’s pension problem? Why should you care? And what do acronyms like ERS, EURF and OPEB really mean?

    To help you understand the key issues involved in this story, reporter Nathan Eagle sat down and laid out all of the issues in 99 seconds.  “It’s arguably the biggest financial problem facing the state today,” says Eagle.  “If we don’t do something about it, if we don’t correct all these past mistakes – taking investment earnings and dumping them into the general fund, things like that – we as taxpayers are going to be on the hook for that.”

    Pension Promises from Civil Beat on Vimeo.