I didn’t always work in news…

Dear reader,

I’m Mariko, your membership and events manager. I joined Civil Beat just over a year ago after more than a decade of working in the arts. I confess, I was nervous about the move to nonprofit news, but felt compelled to be a part of a new, transparent business model that places the community at the center of our journalism.

Being born and raised in Hawaii, I know that our unique connection with others reminds us that we are not alone. Through live events, I create opportunities for audiences to share knowledge and stories from many corners of Hawaii.

This year alone we held twenty-one events, including environmental film screenings, pau hana (happy hours), a podcast listening party, a fireside chat, panel discussions, a news literacy series and our signature Hawaii Storytellers. But my favorite events are the intimate morning coffees we hold right in our newsroom. It’s events like these where we can listen and engage with readers and learn more about the issues you care about. Often, these gatherings are so much more than conversation and coffee; it’s welcoming friends into our home.

Unlike other news outlets, we invite you in to ask questions, see how our reporters and editors work and learn about our process of producing investigative stories. It’s challenging work, and we don’t always get it right, but we look to you to help us become better every day.

We no longer hide our content behind a paywall. We don’t accept ads. The growth of this community-centered journalism model depends on you, our readers.

Please consider investing in local, nonprofit journalism with a gift this season and help us raise $75,000 by December 31.

Thanks to readers like you, we have already raised $25,000 towards our goal. But we have a long way to go. We’re asking you to help us get there.
Mahalo in advance for your support, and I hope you will join us for a future event, so that I may thank you in person.

With Gratitude,

Mariko Chang
Membership and Events Manager

P.S. From now until the end of the year donations to Civil Beat will be doubled, thanks to News Match. In addition, set up a $10 monthly recurring gift or make a one-time gift of $120 and receive a Civil Beat license plate frame and window sticker!

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