The submission process closes on 5 April 2013 at 23h59 GMT. Soon after, a pre-jury will gather to independently and collectively judge the entries. The pre-jury is made up of experienced journalists, editors and data journalism experts who will appointed by the prize administrators.
The pre-jury will judge all entries based on the general eligibility criteria and the criteria specific to each category. After doing so, the pre-jury will submit a minimum of four nominations per category to the main jury.
In May 2013 the main jury will be asked to independently judge the four nominations made by the pre-jury for each prize category.
Each of the nominations will be ranked by each jury member in order of preference with a motivation for the ranking of each of the first three entries. Writing a motivation for the ranking of the rest of the entries is optional. To determine the winner for each category a score will be assigned to each position in the ranking and the average score for each entry will be calculated.
The main jury has the authority to reject these nominations and offer its own. The main jury also has the authority to decide to not give away an award in a category or to award multiple entries in a category.
Main jury members do not receive compensation for their work. Jury members cannot judge entries submitted by their own media organisations.