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Job Summary

The new Editor-In-Chief of Civil Beat will take the helm of an award winning and successful nonprofit news organization with 13+ years of impactful reporting within Hawaii.

As a nonprofit, Civil Beat focuses on investigative and watchdog journalism, in-depth enterprise reporting, analysis and commentary that gives readers a broad view on issues of importance to the community. The philanthropic gift that Pierre Omidyar gave to create Civil Beat in 2010 began a unique opportunity for Hawaii to develop a non-commercial media platform whose mission is to inform and educate Hawaii residents so they can make good decisions about vital issues.

Civil Beat has quickly become one of the most respected news sites in Hawaii. Our journalists have won dozens of state, regional and national awards and Civil Beat has been named the best news website in Hawaii for the past 13 years by the Society of Professional Journalists. Come lead a collective conscious team making a difference in Hawaii!

About Hawaii + Civil Beat

Hawaii is an island state, with a population of 1.4 million people spread between the eight main Hawaiian Islands. Oahu, with about a million people, is the most densely populated and holds the capital city of Honolulu. Hawaii is a unique environment, a mix of highly developed urban and sparsely populated rural areas with America's most multicultural mix of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and mainland transplants including a large military presence.

We have developed a reputation for tackling tough issues other media shy away from, including deep reporting on the cost of living, business and the economy, politics, police accountability, climate change and environmental issues and corruption, ethics and government accountability at all levels. Our mix of investigative, watchdog and deep-dive explanatory journalism has led to fundamental changes in Hawaii law, policies and practices as well as positive social change in the community.

Our engagement and fundraising strategies have been recognized nationally and Civil Beat philanthropy and operations team members are regular participants in national think-tanks in the growing nonprofit media space.


  • A strong record of producing high-impact enterprise journalism, including investigative, explanatory and narrative-style stories that take on the toughest local issues with deep reporting and vivid storytelling.
  • A passion for community journalism that connects with a highly diverse population and captures the whole of our complex city, particularly underserved or marginalized groups.
  • The leadership skills to inspire, coach and direct a team of reporters, editors and multimedia journalists of varying levels of experience.
  • A proven ability to instill a spirit of collaboration, creativity and adventure, in a newsroom mindful of the importance of a work-life balance.
  • An entrepreneurial instinct for experimentation and risk-taking, always looking for new ways to engage readers through cutting-edge content presentation and inventive outreach techniques.
  • Impeccable integrity, devotion to the highest standards of journalistic independence, transparency and ethics.
  • Demonstrated ability to work closely with the business side of the operation, including development, fundraising and audience.

Compensation - How We Take Care of Our People:

Civil Beat pays competitive salaries, and has excellent benefit packages; including medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 6% 401(k) match, six weeks PTO a year, and company-funded travel and training opportunities. The final determined salary offer for this position will depend on experience and qualifications; therefore, the anticipated salary range for this role is between $175,000 – $200,000.

Relocation Benefit & Housing Purchase Option:

  • Relocation Benefit – Civil Beat offers a generous relocation benefit for hired candidates outside of Hawaii
  • Hawaii Housing Assistance Purchase Option – Civil Beat offers the ability to apply for assistance in purchasing a home in Hawaii. This option is not guaranteed – Application and Approval required (Length of service minimum; as well as other criteria.)


Civil Beat seeks to build a newsroom that reflects the diversity and lived experience of people in Hawaii. We encourage people from all communities, especially communities underrepresented in journalism, to apply.


Organization: Honolulu Civil Beat
Location: Honolulu HI US
Date Posted: February 5, 2024
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