18 June 2015


The winners of the Data Journalism Awards 2015 were annouced at the DJA Awards Ceremony at CosmoCaixa on 18 June. The Jury, presided over by Paul Steiger, selected 14 winners (see below) from among 78 finalists. More than 5,300 people voted for the winner of the Public Choice category. Category 6 - The Best Use of Data In A Breaking News Story - was not attributed this year. The winners received an award of €1,500. GEN thanks the sponsors of the event, Google, Caixa Bank and Knight Foundation. 

The winners are:

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

Dov Friedman and Tynan Debold from The Wall Street Journal (New York City, USA) for "Battling Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century: The Impact of Vaccines"

Best Data Viz- WS Journal Battling Infectious Diseases

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

Matteo Moretti from Libera Università di Bolzano (Italy) for "People's Republic of Bolzano."

 The People's Republic of Bolzano Data Viz

Category 2: Best Investigation of the year (Large Newsroom)

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), including Le Monde, The Guardian and 75 media partners for "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.

 Swiss Leaks - ICIJ


 Luxembourg Leaks


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

Fabiola Torres, Óscar Castilla, Antonio Cucho, David Hidalgo and Nelly Luna from Ojo Público (Peru) for "Sworn Accounts: An analysis of changes in the wealth of Lima's Mayors"

 Sworn Accounts ojo publico

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

Bella Hurrell  from BBC News (London, UK) for "Which sport are you made for? Take our 60 Second Test".

Which Sport Are You Made Of? BBC News

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

Alejandro Fernández S. and Andrés Fernández A. from El Financiero (Costa Rica) for "Does school pay off? How much?"

Does School Pay Off? El Financiero Costa Rica


Category 4: Data Journalism Website of the Year

La Nación Data Team from La Nación (in Argentina) for "LA NACION DATA: Open Data Journalism for Change" 

Logo Final Verdes

Category 5: Best Individual Portfolio

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

Rob Barry - WSJ - Ind portfolio

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

Unattributed this year.

Category 7: Open Data Award

* We have a tie *

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

 #Tracked Berlingske 


Minhee Cho from ProPublica (New York City, USA) for "Treatment Tracker: The Doctors and Services in Medicare Part B"

Treatment Tracker


Category 8: Best Entry from a Small Newsroom

Duncan Clark and Robin Houston from Kiln (London, UK) for "The past, present and future of CO2"


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.

 Michael Keller Ind Portfolio Al Jaz

2. Lam Vo and Rhyne Piggott for "In between in California"

In Between in California Al Jaz

3. Jayati Vora for "Jim Crows Returns".

Jim Crows

Category 10: Public Choice

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


Special Citation
Julius Troeger  from the Berliner Morgenpost in Germany for "New and native Berliners - Who Came, Who Went and Who Lives Here Today"

New and Native Berliners


 Simon Rogers, the Director of the DJA 2015, said: "It has been such an honour to be DJA director this year. We have seen hundreds of entries from around the world, big news organisations and small ones. It shows how established data journalism is as a global phenomenon. Journalists everywhere are using data to tell stories, regardless of resources and staffing. 

"The winners really showcase the best of that work. The DJA is still a unique award: the only truly global data journalism prize, awarded by a jury of the best in the business. The winners should feel truly proud that they are producing data journalism that is the best in the world."