The 2016 IRE Awards contest is now open for entries


It's time to gather your best stories of the year, the 2016 IRE Award contest is now open for submissions!

Celebrating outstanding investigative reporting across all media, the IRE Awards are among the most prestigious in journalism.

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

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.

Eligible entries must have been published or aired between 1 January and 31 December 2016. The deadline for submissions is 13 January 2017.

Find out more on the IRE Awards here.