28 May 2015
The fourth annual Data Journalism Awards contest will culminate with the DJA Ceremony showcasing the best work in the field. The event will take place at CosmoCaixa, Barcelona’s science museum overlooking the city, on 18 June between 8pm and 11pm.
The Data Journalism Awards competition, launched in 2012 and managed by the Global Editors Network, is the first international contest recognising outstanding work in the field of data journalism worldwide.
CosmoCaixa is the emblem of the “la Caixa” Banking Foundation’s Science in Society programme, whose aim is to spread and promote scientific culture, contribute to informal education in the sciences, stimulate scientific vocations and to underline the value of research as an engine of social progress.
78 outstanding DJA entries were selected from among 482 submissions after the competition deadline closed on 10 April. The shortlist represents excellence in data journalism innovation around the world, with submissions from 55 countries. The ten winners will be chosen during the awards ceremony. This year's awards are sponsored by Google and the Knight Foundation. The DJA Ceremony 2015 is sponsored by CaixaBank.
Paul Steiger, President of the Jury, said: "This year’s entries were the strongest yet. The winners came from a broad mix of countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, three countries in Continental Europe, three in Latin America, and one in the Middle East – plus a consortium of 45 news organisations spread across six continents. The breadth underlines how the skills and impact of data journalism are spreading rapidly around the world and becoming increasingly crucial to the work of new and traditional media alike."
The 10 winners will be announced during the ceremony. A jury, composed of 17 data journalist experts and presided over by Paul Steiger, Executive Chairman of ProPublica, will select the winners.
Simon Rogers, Data Editor at Google Newslab, is the Director of this year’s DJA. "This year has seen an exceptionally strong field of entries from around the world, with newsrooms of all sizes pushing the boundaries of data journalism," he said. "The ceremony in Barcelona will be a celebration of that incredible achievement by some of the most innovative journalism operations in the world."
Two of the awards will be given by Infogr.am and Piktochart, two creative companies providing tools for producing infographics.
The ten winners for the ten categories (below) will each receive an award of €1,500 (to be split in the result of a tie):
1. Data visualisation of the year (small newsroom, large newsroom).
2. Investigation of the year (small newsroom, large newsroom).
3. News data app of the year (small newsroom, large newsroom).
4. Data journalism website of the year.
5. Best individual portfolio.
6. Best use of data in a breaking news story, within first 36 hours.
7. Open data award.
8. Best entry from a small newsroom, with fewer than 25 journalists.
9. General excellence (Jurors’ Choice).
10. Public choice. An entry of high excellence selected by the public.
The ceremony will be streamed live via Google's YouTube channel and will be available to watch on the GEN website.