Investigative Reporters and Editors

Investigative Reporters and Editors

Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the quality of investigative reporting. Formed in 1975, it presents the IRE Awards and holds conferences and training classes for journalists. Its headquarters is in Columbia, Missouri, at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

The award has categories in all different media:

  • Newspapers
    • Circulation less than 100,000
    • Circulation between 100,000 and 250,000
    • Circulation between 250,000 and 500,000
    • Circulation more than 500,000 (or wire service entry)
    • Local-circulation weekly
  • Television
    • Network or syndicated program
    • Top 20 market
    • Below Top 20 market
  • Other Media
    • Magazine/Specialty Publication
    • Book
    • Radio
    • Online
  • Special Categories
    • Tom Renner Award: For the best investigative reporting about organized crime or other criminal acts
    • IRE FOI Award: Honors an individual or organization whose significant actions furthered open records or open government
    • Student Award: Outstanding investigative reporting by a student



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