Over the past six years, the Global Editors Network has organised the Data Journalism Awards competition to celebrate and credit outstanding work in the field of data-driven journalism worldwide
The winners of the Data Journalism Awards 2017, the first international awards recognising outstanding work in the field of data journalism worldwide, were announced during the GEN Summit at the DJA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner at Hofburg Palace in Vienna on 22 June.
The DJA Jury, presided over by Paul Steiger, selected 12 winners (listed below) out of the 63 finalists. They make out the best of what the world of data journalism had to offer in the past year. Feedback for each category comes from President Paul Steiger on behalf of the whole DJA 2017 Jury.
The Rhymes Behind Hamilton, The Wall Street Journal, United States
“The Rhymes Behind Hamilton does what a great data visualisation should: It tells a complex story in a deceptively simple way. Using an algorithm developed by the Wall Street Journal’s graphics team, the piece identified and visualised the sometimes complicated rhyming structures behind the Broadway sensation, Hamilton. What the ear understands intuitively this visualisation helps readers comprehend intellectually. In a completely original way, this visualisation helps readers to see the what makes Hamilton’s lyrics so powerful and memorable. Totally original, and totally amazing.”
“Unfounded, the Globe and Mail’s 20-month investigation into allegations of sexual assault dismissed – and uncounted – as “unfounded,” exposed an important area of public concern. It found, through diligent freedom of information requests, deep data analysis and old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting, that police in Canada consider that no crime was committed in nearly one out of every five allegations of sexual assault. Through compelling and human stories, well-designed graphics and interactive data visualisations, the Globe and Mail brought home those points to readers and sparked reviews and in some cases changes of police practices.”
“Electionland is an organisational marvel, orchestrating 1,100 journalists in the real-time collaborative coverage of the 2016 US elections. It sets a new high water mark for the use of technology in election coverage due to its use of sophisticated data capture pipelines to augment human verification and judgment calls. In a highly contentious political climate, Electionland chased down reports of election problems at an unprecedented national scale and helped ensure the legitimacy of the vote.”
“What KRIK did with their database project went beyond simply opening data up for examination; they opened minds. Their work allowed people in Serbia, where open access to data is limited, to see what wealth their politicians had accumulated. The publication of the database sparked investigations by the Serbian Anti-Corruption Agency. At the same time, KRIK journalists were monitored and recorded, and the organization subjected to smear campaigns. But they persevered in the name of public accountability and transparency.”
“Rutas del Conflicto brings together unique content – building with great effort, from scratch, a database that clarifies with narratives, visualizations, maps and in-depth stories the massacres from the Colombian armed conflicts since 1982. It makes this web site not only a real public service for readers and journalists but also an excellent way to enlighten the public and honor the memory of those victims.”
“In a world of fake news, one of the most important tasks of journalism is to respond to spin or outright lies with truth quickly and simply — and with sources. NPR did a thoughtful, novel and effective job at checking both US presidential candidates’ statements. The outlet verified, criticised or enriched on candidates points in a way that marshalled data and facts. It shows how journalism’s ethos for truth can be embedded into code to create a new way to present news events with responsible criticism just alongside it.”
“John Burn-Murdoch’s work embodies the idea of the well-rounded data journalist. Most professionals in this field tend to specialise in some areas —analysis, visualisation, reporting, coding, etc.—, and require help in many others. John is the opposite of that. His portfolio reveals a jack-of-all-trades who is highly proficient in multiple disciplines, and who can systematically deliver a level of quality that provokes envy.”
“Clarity, simplicity and elegance characterise the work of the team of data journalists, web developers and designers at Berliner Morgenpost. The group took on big themes and presented the data dimension of the stories in a revealing and accessible way. From voting patterns and the distance politicians live from their constituents, to sliding Trump’s border wall to another geography, readers benefited from the excellent design and execution of the team effort. ”
“Yaryna Serkez’s portfolio demonstrates varied and impressive examples of data journalism. She uses data from satellite images, remote sensing and WebGL to show the complexity of the natural environment, land privatisation and development. Her work includes addictive games to help people understand government corruption through play, and multiple charts and maps to display data in a compelling and effective way. Her excellent sense of design and storytelling underpins all of her work.”
“The Marshall Project’s “Crime in Context” team gathered 40 years of U.S. violent crime data and applied sophisticated statistical techniques for a compelling graphical story that shows violence in American cities is near a historic low. The analysis, which clearly refutes President Trump’s dystopian claims about crime in the U.S., was presented using interactive fever charts that invite exploration and easy comparison by readers. The engaging package is a powerful demonstration of the value of applying the evidence of data against assertions made for political gain.”
“The small team managed to pull off excellent work under an environment where data is not easy to access and media is censored via legal means. The data journalists scraped thousands and catalogued about 2500 lawsuits filed by Brazilian politicians who were trying to remove information from the public, and made user-friendly interactives with very neat design and customisable features. It has not only provided insightful data on freedom of expression, but also made their data available for other media to report on the transparency issue, especially during the 2016 election period where such information would be crucial for the people but not publicly and easily accessible otherwise.”
Over 300 people voted for this year’s DJA Public Choice award. With around 30% of the votes it’s the project “Researchers bet on mass medication to wipe out malaria in L Victoria Region” by Nation Media Group in Kenya which takes home the trophy.
The most outstanding projects submitted to the Data Journalism Awards 2017 competition have been announced! See all of the shortlisted projects by category nowClick here
This year, 573 projects were submitted, from 51 countries, representing the 5 continents. That’s over 20% more than last year and the highest number of entries the Data Journalism Awards competition ever received. Together they showcase the best data journalism projects of 2016-17 and highlight the fact that data-driven storytelling is still going strong internationally.
The level of applications this year 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. Smaller organisations from all over the world are also represented such as Pajhwok Afghan News (Afghanistan), Civio Foundation (Spain), Belingcat (UK) and IndiaSpend (India), amongst others.
51 different countries are represented this year, including Pakistan, South Korea, China, Costa Rica, and Colombia, to name just a few. We are proud to see that more and more organisations in Asia take part in the competition every year. For 2017, we received many entries from countries such as China, Indonesia or the Philippines, and 20% of entries came from Asian countries.
The two new categories we launched this year were quite popular also. The new “Student and young data journalist of the year” category got 69 entries from 20 countries! As for the “Small newsrooms” category, it received 99 entries from 30 countries.
This year we have ten categories 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.
All of the entries to this year's competition are compiled on the GEN Community. You can see them all by clicking on the button below.Click Here
Simon Rogers, Data Editor at Google News Lab, is the director of the DJA competition which takes place under the presidency of Paul Steiger, Executive Chairman of ProPublica’s board of directors. Marianne Bouchart is the manager of the competition.
The DJA 2017 Shortlist will be revealed on 23 May 2017 in London at the Data Journalism Unconference 2017, a free, invitation-only event organised by GEN to discuss and tackle data journalism challenges across borders.
The prizes for the DJA competition are worth $1,801 (US) each and will be awarded at a special ceremony at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna during the seventh annual GEN Summit on 22 June 2017.
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Previous winning organisations include BuzzFeed, Quartz, The New York Times, The Guardian, ProPublica, La Nación as well as smaller organisations such as Ojo Publico, Civio Foundation and Convoca.
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