Civil Beat wins the Public Service Award on the Hawaii Journalism Contest

Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider won the highest journalism award of the year from the Hawaii section of the Society of Professional Journalists when the awards were announced at an online presentation last week.

“Hawaii’s Pandemic: Hardest Hit Communities” was awarded first place for public service coverage. Hofschneider’s series examined significant racial and ethnic differences in Hawaii related to the rate of Covid-19 infection, as well as the response of officials to outbreaks in the Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian communities. The project included a testing guide and other resources translated into Marshallese, Chuukesian, Kosraean, and Tagalog.

Hofschneider, along with reporters Nick Grube and Yoohyun Jung, won first place for investigative reporting to get a detailed look at the Honolulu Police’s pursuit of police murders and errors in the recording.

Civilbeat.org was named Hawaii Best Online News Station for the 10th year running. Hawaii News Now took second place in this category.

The Kalihi Palama Health Center plays an important role in caring for disadvantaged communities. Cory Lum / Civil Beat / 2020

The annual competition recognizes journalists for their work published in daily newspapers, magazines, radio, television and online. There is also a category for college journalists. You can read the full list of winners on the Hawaii SPJ website.

Some highlights:

In the All Media category:

Civil Beat has won numerous awards including first place for news column writing, government reporting, science reporting, data journalism, editorial writing, news / video photography, and photo / video essays.

Shannon Wianecki was named Best Independent Journalist, Honolulu Magazine’s Katrina Valcourt won feature writing, Pacific Business News took first place for breaking news coverage, Catharine Lo Griffin won for health coverage, and Beau Flemister won first place for sports coverage an article in Hana Hou magazine. The highest award in explanatory reporting went to Noelle Fujii-Oride from Hawaii Business Magazine.

Griffin also took first place in Art and Entertainment Writing for a Story in Hana Hou, and top honors for editorial cartoons or illustration went to Kelsey Ige and Shar Tuiasoa of Hawaii Business. First place for the special section went to Pacific Business News.

The top award for game photography or videography went to Mike Hinchey of Green Island Films, while first place for sports photography went to Hayden Ramler of Hana Hou.

Many other awards are listed here.

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