Sunday, July 3, 2011

All Hawaii News named best in Hawaii and getting better every day

Mahalo for your support! All Hawaii News was recently named the top one-person produced news website in the state by the Society of Professional Journalists. It's an honor, but it's also a call for more. Since 2008, All Hawaii News has practiced kaizen, so the changes you see are gradual, but always for the better. This site is not a big money-maker, and there are no deep pockets keeping it going. Just a lot of early mornings and hard work.

The goal is to sweep the state -- not with spiders and bots and other nonhuman workers, but with a human eye and a practiced hand and a seasoned journalist’s news sense – to find the top news stories of the day from all of the Hawaiian Islands. All Hawaii News is not Oahu-centric, so you’ll see breaking stories from Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island and Molokai before they catch the attention of other news curators.

Most of the site’s content is fresh by 7 a.m. HST every weekday. Updates come throughout the day via Google news feeds, tweets and the state’s top bloggers. There’s a heavy emphasis on government news at the state and county levels, as well as issues involving the environment, green energy and Native Hawaiians. If you’re looking for the “if it bleeds, it leads,” crime stories, better look elsewhere. Photos are selected to illustrate a news story and show the range of the breath-taking beauty of our state.

All Hawaii News is on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow us there for low-volume updates that don’t spam you with what you already know. You can also subscribe via RSS and email.

One of the best ways to use All Hawaii News? Bookmark it on your smartphone! It’s like having a news-reader in your hand, going beyond the headlines to give you a solid sentence or two about all the day’s news, with links to the original sources to find out more.

Have ideas to improve All Hawaii News? Feel free to drop me a line, send a tweet, a Facebook comment or email. All Hawaii News is open to improvements!