Over $21,500 up for grabs at this year’s Data Journalism Awards


Do you have what it takes to be a 2018 Data Journalism Award winner? With just one month left to apply, teams from around the world are invited to submit their outstanding work in the field of data journalism.

While the 2017 Awards garnered 573 entries from over 50 countries, it’s hoped that this year’s competition will have an even greater global reach. To help, the team have streamlined the application process with an online form.

Entries will be judged by a jury of 17 experts in the field, including Alberto Cairo and Google News Lab’s Simon Rogers, who will each be on the lookout for innovative storytelling.

‘‘I obviously tend to focus on the visuals and try to think whether each story belongs to either of these mental categories: either (a) very straightforward graphs and maps, elegantly designed, and that tell the story deeply and clearly or (b) very creative and innovative uses of animation, interaction, visual encodings, etc. Either is fine, but the choice needs to be made based on the nature of the story,’ explained Alberto Cairo.

Similarly, for Rodgers the focus will be on entries that have four key elements: impact, transparency (how open the data is), innovation, and storytelling.

Prizes are worth $1801 each, totally over $21,500 across 12 categories, recognising excellence in areas from open data to visualisation, investigative journalism, and more.

Submissions close 16 March 2018.

The finalists shortlisted for awards will be announced in April 2018 at the International Journalism Festival and the winning projects will be revealed at the GEN Summit 2018.

Beginning in 2012, the competition is organised by the Global Editors Network, with support from the Google News Lab, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and in partnership with Chartbeat

Find out more here.