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.
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