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 most outstanding projects submitted to the Data Journalism Awards 2017 competition have been announced! See all of the shortlisted projects by category now

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The hashtag for the competition is #dja2017

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


See all the DJA 2017 projects now!

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.

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Key dates of the competition






About the DJA 2017

Started in 2012, the competition is organised by the Global Editors Network, with support from the Google News Lab, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and in partnership with Chartbeat

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. 

But why a $1801 cash prize?

Because it’s in 1801 that the pie chart was allegedly created by William Playfair. Plus, we wanted a fun fact to joke about! Feel like knowing more about pie charts through history? Check out this link.

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.



We have 16 members in the jury this year, coming from some of the best news organisations in the world.


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