69 Ways data journalism was outstanding in 2017


Over the past six years, the Global Editors Network has organised the Data Journalism Awards competition to celebrate and credit outstanding work in the field of data-driven journalism worldwide. It is supported by the Google News Lab and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in partnership with Chartbeat.

This year, 573 projects were submitted, from 51 countries, representing the 5 continents. The pre-jury of the Data Journalism Awards 2017 went through the submissions and has handed over this year’s shortlist of nominated projects. In the next phase, the international jury of the Data Journalism Awards will have to decide on this year's winners.

The Data Journalism Awards 2017 Shortlist recognizes 63 outstanding projects (some were nominated more than once) and brings light on the most innovative data-driven storytelling published by news organizations worldwide. It is a great indicator of trends and innovative techniques in data journalism in the past year as the list of projects below shows.

This announcement was made at the end of the Data Journalism Unconference on 23 May 2017, an event which gathered data journalism experts from the five continents to tackle cross-border data journalism challenges, with the ultimate goal to initiate fruitful international collaborations between newsrooms from around the world.

Together, the shortlisted projects showcase the best of data journalism from 2016-17 and highlight the fact that data-driven storytelling is still going strong internationally. 

The level of applications this year is higher than ever. Shortlisted projects come from large organisations well known for their work in data journalism such as The Washington Post, FiveThirtyEight, The New York Times or the BBC. Smaller organisations from all over the world are also represented such as Pajhwok Afghan News (Afghanistan), Nation Media Group (Kenya), or OuestMediaLab (France).

We are proud to see that more and more organisations in Asia take part in the competition every year. For 2017, we received many entries from countries such as China, Indonesia or the Philippines, and 20% of entries came from Asian countries.

Winning projects will receive a prize worth $1801(US) each (that's $18 000 in total) at the DJA 2017 Ceremony in Vienna, on 22 June 2017, during the seventh annual GEN Summit

Check out all the shortlisted entries here.