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Honolulu Civil Beat and Huffington Post join forces for new Hawaii site

Cross Pierre Omidyar's serious-minded Honolulu Civil Beat with Arianna Huffington's traffic-driving wizardry, and what do you get? We'll soon see this fall with the launch of HuffPost Hawaii, a joint venture the two groups announced today. Civil Beat will continue as a separate site and editorially manage the collaboration, which will be promoted from the Huffington Post's main site. Shortened versions of Civil Beat's investigations and local political coverage will appear on HuffPost Hawaii. The site will also carry broader lifestyle and culture coverage aimed at travelers from both the United States and Japan (where HuffPost has formed another editorial partnership with Asahi Shimbun). In a promotional video, Huffington said a common denominator between the two online news ventures has been "creating a platform for voices" with diverse contributors and extensive discussion chains. Omidyar said he hopes to draw on the parent Huffington Post's reporting and commentary to attract local audiences to the new site. Read More

Why The Huffington Post ran graphic photos from a gun murder

Bert Heyman wanted the photos of his son Chris Heyman's 2004 gun death to have an impact on the national debate over gun laws. "He wants every part of his son's case to matter," Huffington Post reporter Jason Cherkis told Poynter in a phone call. "It's almost like organ donation in a way." But Huffington Post published the photos of the crime scene in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., at 2:08 p.m. on Monday, April 15 -- less than an hour before two bombs went off at the Boston Marathon. So on Friday, the site republished the story, with updated details about, among other things, the U.S. Senate's April 18 vote on gun background checks. The photos aren't easy to look at, and The Huffington Post's article precedes them with a boldface and italic warning: "Note: The images below are graphic and may be disturbing to some readers." A previous piece of Cherkis' gun reporting illustrated gun deaths with an interactive map. This one is different. "We didn’t really approach it from the angle of wanting to make sure it’s shareable and viral," Huffington Post Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim, who edited the article, said. "This a much more personal experience for a reader." Read More