First ever Data Journalism Awards open for submissions!


The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is proud to announce the launch of the first annual Data Journalism Awards (DJA).

Journalists and media organisations have increasingly been using data to improve reportage of complex issues and to give readers direct access to the sources behind the headlines. From the Guardian to the New York Times, La Stampa to Die Zeit, journalists and media organisations are experimenting with new ways of sourcing, delivering and enabling readers and users to engage with news. 

The DJA is the first international contest recognizing outstanding work in this field. It is organised by the Global Editors Network in collaboration with the EJC, and is sponsored by Google.


A jury of data journalism experts and editors from all over the world, including from prestigious organisations like New York Times, Reuters, and Les Echos will award a total of €45,000 to six winners. The jury is headed by Paul Steiger, founder of ProPublica.

There are three award categories awarded at both (i) national and international and (ii) local and regional levels to give a total of six prizes. The three categories are:

1. Data-driven investigative journalism
2. Data visualisation & storytelling
3. Data-driven applications

 The work submitted must have been published or aired between 11 April 2011 and 10 April 2012.

How to apply?

As of yesterday, applicants are welcome to submit their best data journalism projects at http://datajournalismawards.org/submit-your-work/ The competition is open to media companies, non-profit organisations, freelancers and individuals until 10 April 2012. The six winning projects will be announced the annual News World Summit (NEWS!) hosted by the Global Editors Network, which will take place in Paris, France, from 30 May to 01 June 2012.

Find out more about the competition and how to apply at http://datajournalismawards.org/. Get in touch with the organisers by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), on Twitter using the hashtag #dja or by posting a message on the DJA Facebook page.


Image: EJC Director, Wilfried Ruetten, at DJA press conference, January 19, Google, London