13 April 2017

Marianne Bouchart

What the DJA 2017 entries teach us about the state of data journalism

The Data Journalism Awards 2017, organised by the Global Editors Network, received 573 submissions of the highest standards. This is a record high for the competition! But what can we learn from them? What do they say about the state of the industry? In this article, compiling insights from the DJA Jury made of international experts, we’ll try and find out.

**All entries to the DJA 2017 competition can be found on the GEN Community website. Collage made by Marianne Bouchart out of 2017 entries picked at random

This year, 573 projects, from 51 countries, representing the 5 continents were submitted to the Data Journalism Awards. That’s over 20% more than last year and the highest number of entries the competition ever received. Together, they showcase the best data journalism projects of 2016–17 and highlight the fact that data-driven storytelling is going strong internationally.

“I am so delighted with this record-breaking crop of entries, from a huge variety of incredible journalists. Data journalism has become a vital part of reporting and so important for the future of news. These awards really reflect that.” Simon Rogers, Data Editor at Google News Lab, DJA Director

There are ten categories this year, from “Data visualisation of the year” to “Investigation of the year” or “Open data” and, winning projects will receive a prize worth $1801(US) each (that’s $18 000 in total!) at the DJA 2017 Ceremony in Vienna, on 22 June 2017, during the seventh annual GEN Summit.

The quality of applications in 2017 is higher than ever. We’ve received projects from large organisations well known for their work in data journalism such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Bloomberg, BuzzFeed News, BBC News, Al Jazeera, Le Monde or Caixin