Four student journalists will be selected as winners in IRE’s new student computer-assisted reporting contest. The winners will receive free registration to IRE’s Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference on Feb. 24-27 in Raleigh, N.C.; three nights of lodging at the conference hotel; and a slot on a panel.

The entry deadline is Jan. 28. The contest is sponsored by three John S. and James L. Knight chairs in journalism: Sarah Cohen, Duke University; Steve Doig, Arizona State University; and Brant Houston, University of Illinois.

Entries can include:

• Investigative stories published in any medium.

• News applications.

• Tools to help investigative reporting.

• Published interactive features that help readers with issues of public importance or

that are part of an investigative or accountability package.

The entries will be judged based on innovation, application of database and other computer-assisted skills to investigative work, the use of social science methods and/or the applicability of the tool to investigative reporting. If you enter as a team, please designate the individual who will represent the team and describe that person’s role in the project.

To enter, e-mail a cover letter with a document that includes links to published work to [email protected], or mail a DVD containing unpublished work, to: Investigative Reporters and Editors, 141 Neff Annex, University of Missouri, Columbia MO 65211.

Download a contest application here (PDF).