IRE Award Winners and Finalists Announced

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.

Source: IRE

Posted on: April 10, 2019

#IRE18 FOMO? Check Out These Tipsheets

This year’s Investigative Reporters and Editors gathering was held in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend with more than 150 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations. But if you didn’t make it -- never fear! The good folks at #IRE18 have lined up tipsheets and links on everything from investigating healthcare in your town to wildlife issues, consumer investigations to tracking public records and investigating inequality as well as information on fellowships and grants for freelancers.

Source: IRE

Posted on: June 20, 2018

Jailed Reporters Receive IRE Medal

Two Reuters journalists, arrested while reporting on human rights abuses in Myanmar, have been selected as recipients of the Don Bolles Medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. The medal recognizes investigative journalists who have exhibited extraordinary courage in standing up against intimidation or efforts to suppress the truth about matters of public importance. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been imprisoned since December 2017. At the time of their arrest, thyey were investigating the September 2017 massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The murders occurred during an army crackdown that the United Nations said has sent 700,000 people flooding into Bangladesh.

Source: IRE

Posted on: June 11, 2018

IRE Conference Attracts Record 1800 to Philly

The annual conference of the US-based Investigative Reporters and Editors just ended in Philadelphia, drawing a record 1800 investigative reporters, data journalists, FOI fighters, profs and students from 33 countries -- the largest ever gathering on investigative journalism. The #IRE15 site now includes links to over 80 tip sheets and presentations.

Source: Investigative Reporters and Editors

Posted on: June 7, 2015