Philip Meyer Awards – Call for Entries
October 16th, 2009 by analyticjournalism

The deadline for applications for the Philip Meyer Award is approaching. Established in 2005, the award was created to honor Philip Meyer’s pioneering efforts to utilize social science research methods to foster better journalism.  The postmark deadline for entries is October 31, 2009.

The contest recognizes stories that incorporate survey research, probabilities and other social science tools in creative ways that lead to journalism vital to the community.

Three awards are given annually:

    * $500 for 1st place

    * $300 for 2nd place

    * $200 for 3rd place

Last year’s winning entries exposed bureaucratic lapses that have hindered the search for causes of SIDS; uncovered the NHTSA’s failure to consider non-deploying airbags as being a significant safety issue; and analyzed arrest and court data to reveal towns where blacks were being arrested in extraordinary numbers for minor offenses like loitering or jaywalking.

Work submitted for consideration must have been published between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009. A pdf of the entry is available to download online ( . For additional information, please refer to the Philip Meyer Award FAQ page (

Award winners will be honored at the 2010 CAR Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Philip Meyer Award is sponsored by 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.

Beth Kopine

Resource Center Director & Contest Coordinator

Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.

141 Neff Annex

Missouri School of Journalism

Columbia, MO 65211

Phone: 573-882-6668

Fax: 573-882-5431


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