AAJA Hawai‘i September 2021 Newsletter: Chapter elections, SPJ awards and an upcoming event

September 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to AAJA Hawai‘i’s monthly newsletter! Here, you’ll find chapter updates, upcoming events, member bylines and more.If you have a story or career update you want to share with our AAJA family, let us know at hawaii@aaja.org!

Chapter Updates and Announcements

Chapter elections will be held in October! Email hawaii@aaja.org if you are interested in running for our board.

We’re planning to hold a virtual event on how journalists can deal with burnout and stress on Saturday, Nov. 6. We’re still working on the details, but the plan is to hold a two-hour virtual event in the morning. The first hour will be an off-the-record listening session where attendees can talk about the challenges they’re facing and hear how others have coped. The second hour will feature a panel or presentation by a psychologist or journalists who can provide resources for how to deal with burnout and stress. We’ll send out an email with the registration link once details are finalized.

Congratulations to all the Hawai‘i members who were recognized for their work at the Society of Professional Journalists 2020 awards!! You can view the results here: hawaiispj.org/2020results.txt

Member Bylines

How the Mediation Process Works on Hawai‘i Evictions
Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Casey Harlow reports on how Act 57 changed the state’s eviction procedures for non-payment of rent and encourages landlords and tenants to try mediation first. “The way mediation starts is the landlord provides a notice to the tenant, and simultaneously provides that notice to the mediation center on the island where the tenant resides. The notice tells the tenant to contact that mediation center.”

Can Kids Keep Up With Schoolwork In Quarantine? In Hawaii, It Depends On The School
Honolulu Civil Beat’s Suevon Lee reports on the inconsistent instruction students receive while in quarantine. Whether those students receive remote instruction, paper packets or something else is up to each school.

New University of Hawai‘i law school initiative touts diversity, inclusion
Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Jayna Omaye looks into a new leadership program, called the Island Leadership Lab, that will target diversity, inclusion and representation among Hawai‘i’s legal professionals. “Leadership is not a closed category. Perspective, context, history and culture matter just as much as expertise.”

Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s homelessness strategy for Honolulu falls flat
Honolulu continues to conduct homeless sweeps (called “sanitation efforts”) and have police respond to nonviolent 911 calls, despite prior pledges to change those practices, Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Ashley Mizuo reports. “Since Blangiardi took office, data requested by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser from the state Judiciary shows a steep increase in 16 of the most common homeless-related citations, such as violations of sit-lie laws and the sidewalk and stored-property ordinances.”

Workers In Hawai‘i Face New Job Losses — This Time Without A Safety Net
People who lose their jobs now have fewer supports available to them compared with a year ago, Honolulu Civil Beat’s Anita Hofschneider reports. “The state’s unemployment office is preparing for 6,500 more claims to be filed in the coming weeks following the end of federally funded unemployment programs earlier this month.”Honolulu Mayor Gives The Go-Ahead To Remove ‘Stairway To Heaven’
Honolulu Civil Beat’s Cassie Ordonio reports on a $1 million plan to remove the Haiku Stairs, a closed World War II-era mountain path that has been breached by trespassing hikers and annoyed neighbors for decades. “Over the span of five years, 368 citations were issued to trespassers on Haiku Stairs, according to data provided by city Parks and Recreation, while more than 14,000 people were given warnings. And only 14 were arrested.”

Updates and Announcements from AAJA National, Chapters and Affinity Groups

AAJA National issued guidance to help journalists and newsrooms more accurately and critically cover the commemoration, impacted communities, and policies that resulted from 9/11. View it here.


Applications are open for paid summer 2022 internships in data journalism, digital media, business reporting and multiplatform editing through the Dow Jones News Fund. Only college students can apply, and the application deadline is Nov. 5. Apply here.Hawai‘i Public Radio is looking for a multimedia producer to oversee production of on-air promos, live music events, and other content for broadcast and digital platforms.

SFGate is looking for a Hawai‘i contributing editor who will be able to toggle between fast-paced daily stories and the well-sourced, deep-dive features that remind people why Hawai‘i is such an important place to locals and Californians alike. If you have any questions, you can email Fiona Lee, deputy managing editor, directly: fiona.lee@sfgate.com.

The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting has announced its latest deadline for grant applications: Monday, Oct. 11. The Institute for Investigating Reporting offers story-specific grants for investigative features to be published in InThese Times magazine and InTheseTimes.com. This year, the Institute is awarding story contracts of up to $10,000, along with compensation for travel and other reporting expenses. More information: http://inthesetimes.com/investigative

Honolulu Civil Beat is looking for a deputy editor to help oversee management of the newsroom. More information here: https://www.civilbeat.org/jobs/

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