Data Journalism Awards 2015: Winners


This post aims to briefly list up all the winners. For more background and details, head over to the GEN website. They have a description for each project.

Briefly, observations:

  • Wide range of projects: from Peru to Al Jazeera, data journalism projects are coming from newsrooms all over the world.
  • Story before visualization: although the winners were all tackling specific stories using data and visualizations, the reporting and story were kept at the center. 

Category 1: Data Visualisation of the Year (Large Newsroom)

Dov Friedman, Tech Lead, Visuals, and Tynan DeBold, Interactive Graphics Coordinator from the Wall Street Journal (United States) for "Battling Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century: The Impact of Vaccines"

Category 1: Data Visualization of the Year (Small Newsroom)

Matteo Moretti from Libera Università di Bolzano (Italy): "People’s Republic of Bolzano"

Category 2: Investigation of the Year (Large Newsroom)

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ - United States), including Le Monde, The Guardian and 75 media partners: "Swiss Leaks - Murky Cash Sheltered by Bank Secrecy“ and „Luxembourg Leaks: Global Companies’ Secrets Exposed", both with Mar Cabra - Head of Data and Research Unit.

Category 2: Best Investigation of the Year (Small Newsroom)

Fabiola Torres, David Hidalgo, Óscar Castilla, Antonio Cucho and Nelly Luna from Ojo Publico (Peru): "Sworn Accounts: An Analysis of Changes and Wealth of Lima’s Mayors"

Category 3: Best News Data App of the Year (Large Newsroom)

Bella Hurrell, for BBC News (United Kingdom): "Which Sport Are You Made For? Take Our 60 Second Test"

Category 3: News Data App of the Year (Small Newsroom)

Andrés Fernández A. and Alejandro Fernández S from El Financiero (Costa Rica): "Does School Pay Off? How Much?"

Category 4: Data Journalism Website of the Year

Florencia Coelho from La Nación (Argentina) for "LA NACION DATA: Open Data Journalism for Change".

Category 5: Best Individual Portfolio

Rob Barry from The Wall Street Journal (in New York City, USA)

Category 6 - Best Use of Data in a Breaking News Story

This prize was not attributed this year.

Category 7: Open Data Award

There was a tie in this category, the prize went to two winners:

Eva Jung and Lars Nørgaard Pedersen from Berlingske (Denmark) for: #Tracked

Minhee Cho from ProPublica (United States) for "Treatment Tracker: The Doctors and the Services in Medicare Part B"

Category 8: Best Entry from a Small Newsroom

Duncan Clark and Robin Houston from Kiln (London, United Kingdom) for "The Past, Present and Future of CO2"

Category 9: General Excellence (Jurors’ Choice)

Al Jazeera America (United States) for three projects:

1.  Michael Keller for his Individual Portfolio

2. Lam Vo and Rhyne Piggott: "In Between In California"

3. Jayati Vora: "Jim Crow Returns"

Special Citation

Julius Tröger, Berliner Morgenpost (Germany): "New and Native Berliners - Who Came, Who Went And Who Lives Here Today" (in German).

Category 10: Public Choice

Julien Goetz and Henri Poulain from France Télévisions (une émission de France 4), Paris: "DATAGUEULE"

There is a video of the data journalism ceremony here. Congratulations to all winners!