Calling for IRE Contest judges
We need two thoughtful and committed judges for the 2013 IRE Contest Committee! They will be elected by the membership at the Annual Membership Meeting in San Antonio.
What are you getting into if you say yes?
You will learn so much from your colleagues work. We guarantee you will feel good about what you have done.
You will have served IRE well.
But, as a contest judge you may not enter any of your own work or any work in which you have had a substantial part during the year you serve.
There is a time commitment: You will be asked to judge up to 75 finalists – picked by IRE pre-screeners. IRE contest members are expected to completely read or view all entries. You will be required to read up to 5 books, watch, in some cases, hour documentaries and judge entries sometimes presented on many platforms.
You will be required to go to the University of Missouri in late March/early April 2014 to meet with your fellow judges and choose the winners – but then that is the fun part. IRE will pay your travel and hotel expenses.
THE JUDGES WILL BE CHOSEN AT THE IRE MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013 IN SAN ANTONIO.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE LET LEA THOMPSON OR MARK HORVIT KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND BE PREPARED TO TELL MEMBERS WHY YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE A GREAT JUDGE. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL LEA THOMPSON (THIS YEAR’S IRE CONTEST CHAIRMAN) AT THOMPSON.LEA@GMAIL.COM.
About the IRE Awards
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.
Click on a date to browse previous years through the archives:
Please note: Older awards pages are currently available on IRE's legacy website. This information will be transferred over to IRE's new website shortly.
The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, a joint program of IRE and the Missouri School of Journalism; the Knight Chair at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication; and IRE are proud to have the Philip Meyer Journalism Award, a contest to recognize the best journalism done using social science research methods.
The awards are in honor of Philip Meyer, professor emeritus and former Knight Chair of Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Meyer is the author of Precision Journalism, the seminal 1972 book (and subsequent editions) that focused growing numbers of journalists on the idea of using social science methods to do better journalism. He pioneered in using survey research as a reporter for Knight Ridder newspapers to explore the causes of race riots in the 1960s.
Three awards are given annually — a first, second and third place — to recognize the best work using techniques that are part of precision journalism, computer-assisted reporting and social science research. The awards are: $500 for first, $300 for second, and $200 for third.
The contest also helps identify the techniques and resources used to complete each story. Entries are placed in the IRE Resource Center, allowing members to learn from each other.
In an effort to avoid conflicts of interest, work that included any significant role by a member of the IRE Board of Directors or an IRE contest judge may not be entered in the contest. This often represents a significant sacrifice on the part of the individual — and sometimes an entire newsroom. The IRE membership appreciates this devotion to the values of the organization.
The Philip Meyer Journalism Award was established in 2005. Click to see past winners: