Award
THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline January 10, 2016
Decision Date April 1, 2016
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

This award is given for a story primarily published in print or online text.

Tips for Winning

Entries will be judged on the basis of the IRE definition of investigative reporting. “The reporting, through one’s own initiative and work product, of matters of importance to readers, viewers or listeners. In many cases, the subjects of the reporting wish the matters under scrutiny to remain undisclosed.”

Thus entries will be judged on the following criteria:

• Substantially the product of the reporter’s own initiative and effort
• Uncovers facts that someone or some agency may have tried to keep from public scrutiny.
• Be about issues of public importance to the readers, viewers or listeners
• Shows enterprise and excellence in documentation, data, storytelling, production, online presentation, and reader or viewer involvement where appropriate
• Results

Each category of the IRE Awards is reviewed by screeners. The screened entries move forward to the IRE Awards Committee, made of up of members of the IRE Board and other elected and appointed investigative journalists. The Awards Committee determines the finalists, winners, and medalists of the IRE Awards. At the judges’ discretion, the decision may be made to give no award or award multiple entries in a given category.

Notable Winners

Jury

• Ziva Branstetter, Tulsa World (chair)
• Ron Nixon, The New York Times
• Stuart Watson, WCNC-Charlotte
• Ryan Gabrielson, The Center for Investigative Reporting
• Shannon McCaffery, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
• Stacey Woelfel, University of Missouri-Columbia

Monetary/Material Award Details

IRE Award

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this category, your story must be primarily in print or online text. Any audio or video elements will be considered only as supplementary material.

Must be an IRE member

All work must have been published or aired between Jan. 1, 2015 thru Dec. 31, 2015

Work that included any significant role by an IRE contest judge may not be entered in the contest.

Entry Fee Details

• $55 for members of IRE. (Membership must be current through February 1, 2016.)

• $125 for nonmembers. ($55 entry fee, plus a one-year membership fee of $70.)

• $25 for students who are not current members of IRE

Required Material

An unlimited number of stories may be submitted.

A questionnaire must be completed and submitted with the entry: https://www.ire.org/media/uploads/callforentries13_short.pdf

Entries disregarding entry rules will be subject to disqualification. Work that included a significant role by an IRE Awards Judge may not be entered. Judges may disqualify entries on the basis of an incomplete questionnaire. This questionnaire is a key component of your IRE Award entry. Entries become valuable resources for IRE member who learn from the successes and trials of their peers’ work. Entries will be available to members at www.ire.org/resourcecenter

Entry Format

Please upload your story as a PDF AND/OR include links to your story online on step 6 of the online entry. You can include cover letters and letters to the judges here but it is not required to do so. There is a 15 MB file size limit.

Publication Size:
Large: Includes: newspapers with +350k circulation (largest single day); 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.

Medium: Includes: newspapers with 151k-349k circulation (largest single day); Top 20 television markets; magazines, weeklies and online-only media with a regional* audience. For partnerships or collaborations, please enter by largest organization involved.

Small: Includes: newspapers with

ENTRY Language:
We accept entries in languages other than English but require three (3) complete copies of printed translations for each entry. Broadcast/Video entries in
other languages should include English subtitles.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES:
International entries will be placed into appropriate categories by IRE staff. Contest judges can then move entries into other categories. IRE judges can
award a special citation for deserving international work.

WHERE TO SEND ENTRIES:
You can now enter the IRE Awards contest online. However, some material is still required to be mailed. Please refer to your category’s rules for details & send materials here:
2013 IRE Contest
141 Neff Annex
Missouri School of Journalism
Columbia, MO 65211

DISQUALIFICATIONS:
Entries disregarding entry rules will be subject to disqualification. Work that included a significant role by an IRE Awards Judge may not be entered.
Judges may disqualify entries on the basis of an incomplete questionnaire. This questionnaire is a key component of your IRE Award entry. Entries become
valuable resources for IRE member who learn from the successes and trials of their peers’ work. Entries will be available to members at www.ire.org/resourcecenter.

Contact Information

Lauren Grandestaff

lauren@ire.org

IRE Resource Center
573-882-6668
[email protected]

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