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Civil Beat Named Best Online News Site in Statewide Contest

Civil Beat was named Hawaii’s Best Online News Site for the 11th consecutive year by the Hawaiian Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists when the awards were announced during an online presentation last week. has won this accolade every year since the site launched in May 2010. This year’s awards honored journalism of the 2021 calendar year.

The annual awards competition is judged by out-of-state journalists and includes entries from across Hawaii submitted by newspapers, magazines, media outlets and student journalists.

Civil Beat won Best Online News Site for the 11th consecutive year.

You can read the full list of this year’s winners here. But here are some highlights:

In the All Media category:

Each year, the top prize is awarded to public service journalism that seeks to have a broad impact in a community. For 2021, that honor went to Hawaii Business’ Noelle Fujii-Oride for her story, “How Honolulu Rail Got $12.45 Billion and 11 Years Behind.” This story also won first place for business reporting in the magazine section.

Civil Beat associate editor Nathan Eagle took second place in public service reporting for his investigative series on the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, “On The Hook.”

Civil Beat reporters Christina Jedra and Anita Hofschneider came third with a set of stories about the Red Hill fuel spill and ongoing contamination.

Both of these projects were also categorized as investigative reporting, but the top spot for investigative reporting went to Nick Grube and a series of stories that examined police arbitration practices that were making part of Civil Beat’s special project, “The Police Files”.

First place for government reporting went to Ian Lind and his story on “The Miske Enterprise” in Civil Beat.

Three Civil Beat columnists swept the column writing category: Lee Cataluna, first place; Denby Fawcett, second place; Neal Milner, third.

Civil Beat political cartoonist John Pritchett won all three editorial cartoon spots.

First place in breaking news stories went to Maui News for “Haiku Storm” and Hawaii News Now won the health reporting category for an article about the evolving drug crisis in Hawaii.

In online media:

Civil Beat reporter Cassie Ordonio took the top spot for reporting on a story that included tagging with Honolulu paramedics during the pandemic.

The top online reporting award went to Civil Beat’s Kevin Dayton for an article about the state’s ongoing secrecy regarding prisoners dying in Hawaii’s jails and jails.

The best multimedia presentation was awarded to Hawaii News Now for an article on declining fertility rates.

The prize for the best “1 person” online site or blog was awarded to “Life’s Swell” by Malika Dudley.

There are many more rewards listed here.