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 2019 contest

Categories

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

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. The cost to enter is $100.

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. The cost to enter is $80.

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. The cost to enter is $60.

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. The cost to enter is $40.

*For online-only news organizations, magazines and weeklies, size is determined by primary coverage area.

Questions?

Email awards@ire.org.