HPR Recognized in SPJ Hawaiʻi Excellence in Journalism Contest
Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s News team has won nine awards in the 2020 Excellence in Journalism contest sponsored by the Hawaii Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Several stories received recognition in multiple categories.
- First Place, General News/Enterprise Reporting - Radio
“Armed Militias Are Readying For A New Civil War in Aloha Shirts” by Ryan Finnerty
- First Place, Feature Reporting - Radio
Judge’s Comments: "Armed militias: great explainer on the origin of the Boogaloo Boys attire and, more importantly, what local residents say about that appropriation.”
“From South America to Hawaii Without A Single Health Check” by Ryan Finnerty
- Second Place, Feature Reporting - Radio
Judge’s Comments: “No health checks: great presence of mind for the reporter to document his journey back into a changed US."
- Second Place, Public Service Reporting - All Media
- Second Place, Government Reporting - All Media
Judge’s Comments: “A classic example of a public official captured by special interests. Great job bringing this to light.”
- Second Place, General News/Enterprise Reporting - Radio
- Third Place, Data Journalism Story or Series - All Media
Competition Comments: “An excellent example of stories all local newsrooms should be doing: examining who is being arrested in the proper context of that group's proportion of the general population.”
- Second Place, Investigative Reporting - All Media
Judge’s Comments: “2: Very strong, raises (and answers) great questions particularly about enforcement against the homeless population.”
- Third Place, General News/Enterprise Reporting - Radio
The SPJ is “the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.” The Hawaiʻi Professional Chapter of the SPJ presents the Excellence in Journalism contest annually.