London, 14 December 2012 – For Immediate Release
For the second consecutive year, the Global Editors Network (GEN) is proud to announce the launch of the Data Journalism Awards, the international competition recognizing outstanding work in the growing field of data journalism. The GEN initiative is supported by Google.
"Data journalists are an evolving species in journalism, and unfortunately in many cases newsrooms in crisis have not fully adapted to their presence,” explains Antoine Laurent, GEN Deputy Director and Project Manger for the DJA. “The Data Journalism Awards wants to give these journalists official recognition, and show them they are not alone – they are the present and future of journalism!"
"Data journalism is a field which is growing fast, demonstrating the great opportunities for journalists that lie in analysing and visualising data. We are delighted to be partnering again with GEN on the 2013 awards, and look forward to seeing an even broader range of entries from around the world this year," said Peter Barron, Director of External Relations.
- Data-driven investigative journalism
- Data-driven applications
- Storytelling with data
- Data journalism website or section
Both small media organisations / individuals and large media organisations projects are welcomed and will be judged separately. The works submitted must have been published after 10 April 2012. A total of 15,000 euros (around $19,000) will be awarded to eight winning projects. This year, the public will also vote on their favorite data projects, and a special prize will be given for the “Public Choice Award”.
Starting today, applicants can submit their best data journalism project at datajournalismawards.org. The competition is open to media companies, nonprofit organizations, freelancers and individuals until 5 April 2013. The short-listed candidates will be announced during the Perugia International Journalism Festival 2013 on 27 April 2013. The winners of the DJA 2013 will be announced on 20 June 2013 at the GEN News Summit in Paris.
An international jury of media experts will select the final winners of the Data Journalism Awards. The jury, coming from prestigious media organizations, remains nearly the same as last year which includes Paul Steiger, founder of ProPublica, acting as the President. Two new additions to the jury are data experts Simon Rogers, Editor of the DataBlog at the Guardian, and Liliana Bounegru, Editor of DataDrivenJournalism.net.
“Data journalism has changed how we work as reporters and news organisations – from startling interactives to great data-based reporting this work is only just beginning to be recognised. The Data Journalism Awards are the first serious attempt to do just that – and reward those from across the world who are leading the field,” asserts Simon Rogers.
About The Global Editors Network
The Global Editors Network (GEN) is nonprofit, non-governmental association, committed to the principles of innovation and information sharing in the newsroom. The organization empowers editors-in-chief, senior news executives, and media professionals from all platforms – print, digital, mobile and broadcast – by optimizing GEN’s network base to create new ideas and journalistic tools, allowing quality journalism to thrive.
Beginning in 1996, Stanford University graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin built a search engine called “BackRub” that used links to determine the importance of individual web pages. By 1998 they had formalised their work, creating the company you know today as Google. Since then, Google has grown by leaps and bounds, offering dozens of products and services – including various forms of advertising and web applications for all kinds of tasks in scores of languages.
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