Journalists who exposed the plight of medically fragile children, unsafe schools and dangers in remote Alaskan villages are among the winners of the 2018 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards. Some of the winners and finalists in this year’s contest faced personal peril for pursuing their stories. As examples, a Catholic diocese tried to tarnish the reputation of a reporter’s brother, who was a seminarian, and the Myanmar government jailed two Reuters journalists in an attempt to prevent publication. This year’s winners were selected from more than 500 entries. One project, “Myanmar Burning,” was singled out for an IRE Medal, the highest honor the organization bestows. The awards, given since 1979, recognize the most outstanding watchdog journalism of the year. The contest covers 18 categories across media platforms and a range of market sizes.
Posted on: April 10, 2019