For the first time, IRE will offer its members the option of buying digital contest questionnaire packs to explore the best investigative work published in 2019.

Anyone who enters the IRE Awards completes a thorough questionnaire, which provides a blueprint to unpack the investigation. The form includes detailed information about how the story idea originated, key documents and data, and tips for overcoming obstacles.

“Our contest questionnaires are a gold mine,” IRE Executive Director Doug Haddix said. “When I worked in newsrooms, I used them all the time for story ideas, inspiration and guidance. They saved valuable time and helped improve our investigations.” 

The contest entry packs for 2019 are available in the IRE Shop. You can purchase the full set of all 470 entries in all categories for $250. Or you may select specific category packs, which cost $20 apiece for those with 15 or fewer entries or $50 apiece for categories with more entries.

“A longtime IRE member suggested this new product as a way to save time and collect detailed dossiers on the best watchdog work across all news platforms,” Haddix said.

IRE members are still able to obtain individual contest questionnaires at no cost through the IRE Resource Center.