The Data Journalism Awards 2018 Jury
Data Journalism Awards Director
Simon Rogers is a data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of Facts are Sacred published by Faber & Faber and a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Now Data editor at the Google News Lab, Simon previously edited and created guardian.co.uk/data, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them – and probably the world’s most popular data journalism website. He has also been a news editor at The Guardian, and was formerly Twitter's data editor.
President of the Jury
Paul E. Steiger is Executive Chairman of ProPublica's board of directors. Steiger was the founding editor-in-chief, CEO and president of ProPublica from 2008 through 2012. As executive chairman, Steiger remains actively involved in strategic issues, development, representing ProPublica in public venues, and consulting with management on business and editorial issues on a part-time basis. Previously, Steiger served as the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 2007. During his tenure, members of the Journal’s newsroom staff were awarded 16 Pulitzer Prizes. In addition, ProPublica reporters received Pulitzer Prizes in May 2010 and 2011. Steiger is a member of the steering committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, based in Arlington, Va., which provides free legal assistance to journalists. From 1999 to 2007, he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, serving as its chairman in his final year. He is a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, based in Miami, that funds efforts to enhance journalism and the functioning of American communities.
Liliana Bounegru is Researcher and Managing Director of the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam. She is also studying data journalism as a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Groningen and the University of Ghent. Through her work as Data Journalism Program Lead at the European Journalism Centre (EJC) she established, coordinated and co-edited The Data Journalism Handbook and DataDrivenJournalism.net, and coordinated the first edition of the Data Journalism Awards, the Doing Journalism with Data MOOC, the School of Data Journalism and numerous trainings and conferences. She tweets at @bb_liliana, and more about her can be found at lilianabounegru.org.
Alberto Cairo teaches visualisation and infographics at the School of Communication at the University of Miami. He's also the director of the visualisation program at UM's Center for Computational Science and, beginning in June 2015, he will be the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the university. Cairo is the author of the book The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization. He has been a director of infographics at several publications in Spain and Brazil, and has taught and consulted for companies and educational institutions in more than 20 countries. In 2012 he created the first journalism Massive Open Online Course in the world, titled 'Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization,' which has attracted more than 14,000 students from 100 countries in its four editions.
Reginald Chua is Executive Editor, Editorial Operations, Data and Innovation at Thomson Reuters, where among other duties, he leads development of Reuters’ computer-assisted reporting and newsroom technology capabilities. Before joining Reuters in April 2011, Chua was Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post. He began a 16-year career at The Wall Street Journal as a correspondent in Manila, opened the paper’s Hanoi bureau, was the longest-serving editor of its Asian edition and then moved to New York, where he served as a Deputy Managing Editor. A native of Singapore, Chua graduated with a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Kenneth Cukier is the Data Editor of The Economist and co-author of “Big Data: A Revolution That Transforms How We Live, Work and Think,” a NYT Bestseller translated into over 20 languages. He was previously the technology editor of The Wall Street Journal Asia in Hong Kong and a research fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 2002-04. Kenneth serves on the board of directors of International Bridges to Justice, a Geneva-based NGO fostering legal rights in developing countries. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Esra Dogramaci has recently joined Deutsche Welle from the BBC where she was a digital consultant. She has significant experience in digital transformation across news and current affairs, particularly in social video and off platform growth and development. Prior to Deutsche Welle, Esra was with Al Jazeera in Qatar and Turkey and UNICEF and UN headquarters working in new media/communications throughout. She’s also a former national team athlete, representing Australia in Ice Hockey.
Steve Doig holds the Knight Chair, specializing in data journalism, at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism of Arizona State University. Before joining ASU in 1996, he was research editor of the Miami Herald. Data projects on which he worked at The Herald and at ASU have won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the IRE Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the George Polk Award, and other recognition. He consults actively with news organizations on complex data analysis stories, and has done data workshops in 18 countries. He has been a judge for the Investigative Reporters & Editors awards and for the Phil Meyer Precision Journalism Award.
Joshua Hatch is the Senior Editor for Data and Interactives at 'The Chronicle of Higher Education' and 'The Chronicle of Philanthropy', where he leads a team of designers, developers and reporters in creating data-driven interactive news stories. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Online News Association, where he runs the Online Journalism Awards and the organisation’s legal committee. Before joining 'The Chronicle', Hatch was at the Sunlight Foundation and was Interactives Director at USA TODAY. Hatch also teaches data journalism and interactive multimedia at American University.
Yolanda Jinxin Ma is the co-founder and editor of Data Journalism China, an independent website that promotes and educates on data journalism in Chinese. She has led the first Massive Online Open Course of data journalism fundamentals that was tailored for audience in Asia, which attracted more than 4000 participants. She has trained hundreds of professional journalists in China on data analysis and visualisation skills since 2012. Previously, Yolanda worked for Thomson Reuters on an award-winning data visualisation project. Before that she was the first Social Media Editor at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Currently Yolanda is based in Bangkok, working for the United Nations on social innovation as a consultant.
Jacqui Maher has worked at the intersection of news, technology and design for almost two decades, most recently leading the interactives team for Condé Nast International. Her career has spanned many industries, from Silicon Valley startups to public health non-profits to leading global media organizations. Whether for Vogue, the BBC, The New York Times or Esquire, she focuses on interaction development, data journalism and investigative reporting for digital storytelling. A native New Yorker, she now lives in Australia.
Shazna Nessa is director of journalism at Knight Foundation. She was a 2014 John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University, where her work focused on visual literacy and data visualization, using human-centered approaches. Previously she was a deputy managing editor at the Associated Press in New York, creating and leading teams on innovation projects around data, interactivity, mobile and social media. Shazna has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York. As an adjunct professor at CUNY, she created and taught the school’s inaugural design course.
Lukasz Pawlowski is an Engineering Lead for the Microsoft Data Journalism Program. He is passionate about getting hands-on with big projects that enable journalists and their audiences to use data more elegantly and efficiently. From his position as Program Manager of Power BI, Microsoft’s data visualisation and analysis tool, Lukasz has spearheads data journalism projects with online and broadcast news outlets like The Associated Press and France Télévisions. As a part of the team that builds Microsoft’s core data visualisation technologies, Lukasz finds new ways to enable more people to benefit from the power of beautiful, communicative data. In recent years, he has driven efforts to bring custom data visualisations into a mass market product. Leveraging technologies like D3JS, he has contributed to the design of numerous 3rd-party data visualisation designs and reusable data visualisations. He holds a degree in System Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo with specialisation in Computer Systems.
Angelica Peralta Ramos (Momi) is data journalism project manager and multimedia development manager at LA NACION newspaper from Argentina. She is Computer Scientist and MBA, since 2011 she leads a team and a project of Open Data Journalism named LA NACION DATA, that includes developing data driven journalism, open collaboration and open data in a country still without FOI law. She co-founded lanacion.com in 1995 and was product and digital media manager of New media at La Nacion until 2004. Since 2006 she has been in charge of La Nación Multimedia, a research, development and training area with focus on innovation and best practices in digital media. Her team also develops customised training programs for the newsroom on digital media and data journalism and coordinates cross platform content projects.
Aron Pilhofer is the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University. In addition to teaching, his work is focused on new business models, digital transformation and innovation in news. Before joining Temple, Pilhofer was Executive Editor, Digital, and interim Chief Digital Officer at the Guardian in London. Previously, he has been a reporter and editor at The New York Times, The Center for Public Integrity as well as Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware. Aron also co-founded two news-related startups: DocumentCloud.org and Hacks & Hackers.
Paul Radu is Executive Director of the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and Co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard Concept. He has held a number of fellowships including the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship in 2001, the Milena Jesenska Press Fellowship in 2002, the Rosalyn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in 2007, the 2008 Knight International Journalism fellowship with the International Center for Journalists as well as a 2009-2010 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellowship. Radu is the recipient of numerous awards including the Knight International Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award in 2004, the Global Shining Light Award, the Tom Renner Investigative Reporters and Editors Award in 2007 and the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting in 2011.
Mariana Santos is currently a JSK Knight Fellow at Stanford University and she is Director of interactive and animation at Fusion, a venture between Disney/ABC and Univision. Santos helped create The Guardian’s first interactive team and inspired by her mentor, Alastair Dant, she decided that there should be more mentoring by tech-savvy journalists to pass their experience on and motivate others to do disruptive visual storytelling in news. After 3 years as the designer on The Guardian’s interactive team, Santos received a fellowship with the International Center for Journalists to launch Chicas Poderosas to encourage and train female journalists in Latin America. The program features a mix of talks about journalism, data and visualization along with a 3-day hackathon to develop news applications and train participants in different processes and approaches to interactive journalism that they can apply in their newsrooms. Santos graduated from the University of Lisbon with a degree in communication design and wrote her her first motivational book: “If You Don’t Believe in Yourself, What do You Believe in?” She began her career as a motion designer at Universal Music Berlin. Driven to learn more, she immersed herself in digital media studies at Hyper Island in Stockholm.
Giannina Segnini is a data journalist and consultant. She used to be Director of the Investigative Unit at the daily, La Nación, in Costa Rica. Her team of journalists and developers worked on a very unique model of database journalism. Segnini studied journalism at the University of Costa Rica and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She has trained hundreds of journalists on computer assisted reporting and has won honors such as the Ortega y Gasset Prize: the Best Journalistic Investigation (TILAC) and a special mention in the Maria Moors Cabot awards.
Stephanie Sy runs a global data science consultancy which helps big organisations, global nonprofits, and award-winning media organisations make data-driven decisions at all levels. Read about Thinking Machines here. They also tell great stories with public data here.