The IRE Awards is the annual contest of Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. recognizing the best in investigative reporting by print, broadcast and online media.
After judging, all entries are placed in IRE's Resource Center story library so that IRE members may learn from others' triumphs and troubles. The contest helps identify techniques and resources used by the entrants.
The awards recognize outstanding investigative work in several categories. The top award given is the IRE Medal.
About the 2014 contest
Please visit our contest Q&A for more information
- The contest is now open and we'll accept entries until Jan. 9, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST.
- All work entered into the contest must have been published or aired between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2014.
- Judging will be completed by April 2015.
- We've added a new question to the 2014 contest questionnaire. We suggest that you answer the questionnaire before you start the online entry process.
Please visit our contest Q&A for more information about each category, as well as the specialty categories
Print/Online (written word): Large, Medium, Small
Broadcast/video: Large, Medium, Small
Multiplatform: Large, Medium, Small
Radio/Audio: All sizes
Book: All sizes
What size media outlet are you?
LARGE: Includes newspapers with +350k circulation; wire services; network or syndicated TV; magazines, weeklies and online-only media with a national audience. For partnerships or collaborations, please enter by largest organization involved.
MEDIUM: Includes newspapers with 151k-349k circulation; Top 20 television markets; magazines, weeklies and online-only media with a regional* audience. For partnerships or collaborations, please enter by largest organization involved.
SMALL: Includes newspapers with <150k circulation; Below Top 20 television markets; magazines, weeklies, and online-only organizations with a local* audience. For partnerships or collaborations, please enter by largest organization involved.
*For online-only news organizations, magazines and weeklies, size is determined by primary coverage area.
An organization with a primary focus on a city, county or metropolitan area falls into the “local” category.
An organization with a primary focus on a larger region, state or multi-state area falls into the “regional” category.
Contact contest coordinator Lauren Grandestaff at email@example.com or 573-882-6668.