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 2018 contest

  • The IRE Awards are now closed — Jan. 11 was the deadline for entries.
  • Judging will be completed in April 2019
  • The awards will be presented at the 2019 IRE Conference in Houston, Texas on Saturday, June 15.

Categories

Please visit our contest Q&A for more information about each category, as well as the specialty categories

Print/Online (Divisions I, II, III, IV)

Broadcast/Video (Divisions I, II, III, IV)

Radio/Audio (Large and Small)

Book (no size specifications)

Student (Large and Small)

 

What size media outlet are you?

Division I: Newspapers with +400k circulation (largest single day, including digital replica); 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.

Division II: Newspapers with 151,000-399,999 circulation (largest single day, including digital replica); Top 20 television markets; *magazines, weeklies and online-only media with a regional audience. For partnerships or collaborations, please enter by largest organization involved.

Division III: Newspapers with 75,000-150,999 circulation (largest single day, including digital replica); 21-50 television markets; *magazines, weeklies and online-only media with a state-wide audience. For partnerships or collaborations, please enter by largest organization involved.

Division IV: Newspapers with less than 74,999 circulation (largest single day, including digital replica); Below 50 television markets; *magazines, weeklies, and online-only media with a city, county or metropolitan area focus. 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.

how do i enter?

IRE Contest Coordinator Lauren Grandestaff walks through how to enter the IRE Awards in this short video.

How to enter the IRE Awards from IRE/NICAR on Vimeo.

 

Questions?

Contact contest coordinator Lauren Grandestaff at [email protected] or 573-882-6668