CALL FOR ENTRIES: Philip Meyer Journalism Award
October 10th, 2007 by Tom Johnson


Philip Meyer Journalism Award

postmark deadline: October 31, 2007

The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, a joint program of IRE and the Missouri School of Journalism; the Knight Chair in Journalism at Arizona State University; and IRE are proud to invite you to participate in the Philip Meyer Journalism Award, a contest created to recognize the best journalism done using social science research methods.

Three awards will be given – a first, second and third place – to recognize the best work using techniques that are part of precision journalism, computer-assisted reporting and social science research. The awards include cash prizes: $500 for first, $300 for second, and $200 for third.   Eligible entries must have been published or broadcast between Oct. 1, 2006 and Sept. 30, 2007.

The awards are in honor of Philip Meyer, Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Meyer is the author of Precision Journalism, the seminal 1972 book (and subsequent editions) that focused growing numbers of journalists on the idea of using social science methods to do better journalism. He pioneered in using survey research as a reporter for Knight Ridder newspapers to explore the causes of race riots in the 1960s.

The contest also helps identify the techniques and resources used to complete each story. Entries are placed in the IRE Resource Center, allowing members to learn from each other.

For more information, please call the IRE Resource Center at (573) 882-3364 or refer to these helpful links on our website:   

Philip Meyer Award FAQ:

Download a PDF of the entry form:

Past winners:



It's important to note that Philip Meyer Journalism Award is unique in its efforts to avoid conflicts of interest. Work that included any significant role by a member of the IRE Board of Directors or an IRE contest judge may not be entered in the contest. This often represents a significant sacrifice on the part of the individual — and sometimes an entire newsroom. The IRE membership appreciates this devotion to the values of the organization.

Beth Kopine

Contest Coordinator

Resource Center Director

Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.

138 Neff Annex

Missouri School of Journalism

Columbia, MO 65211

Phone: 573-882-6668

Fax: 573-884-8151



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