About the 2018 Competition

Started in 2012, the Data Journalism Awards 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.

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. 

51 different countries are represented this year, including Pakistan, South Korea, China, Costa Rica, and Colombia, to name just a few.

The Data Journalism Awards 2017 Shortlist was 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. 

This year the prizes are worth $1,801 (US) each (compared to $1000 (US) last year) and were awarded at a special ceremony at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna during the seventh annual GEN Summit on 22 June 2017. 

Simon Rogers, Data Editor at Google News Lab, is the director of the Data Journalism Awards 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.

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. 





More about GEN

The Global Editors Network (GEN) is committed to sustainable journalism, empowering newsrooms and media innovators through a variety of programmes designed to inspire, connect and share. It is a non-profit, non-governmental association.


The GEN Summit 2017

The Global Editors Network’s annual GEN Summit is the world’s largest gathering of 750+ editors-in-chief and media innovators from over 70 countries. Entering its 7th year, it will take place on 21-23 June 2017 in Vienna, Austria.


More about the Data Journalism Awards partners

Google News Lab

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. It created the News Lab to support the creation and distribution of the information that keeps us all informed about what’s happening in our world today—quality journalism. Today’s news organizations and media entrepreneurs are inventing new ways to discover, create and distribute news content—and Google News Lab is here to provide tools, data, and programs designed to help.

Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a US foundation with strong local roots. It invests in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Its goal is to foster informed and engaged communities.


Chartbeat, the content intelligence platform for publishers, believes that today’s content creators need mission-critical insights – in real time and across desktop, social and mobile platforms – to turn visitors into audience. That’s why our software goes beyond clicks and pageviews so content creators can understand what, within their content, is keeping people engaged. Partnering with over 50,000 media brands across 60+ countries, Chartbeat’s software and front-line tools help the world’s leading media companies understand, measure, and build business value from the attention earned by their content.



The Data Journalism Awards on Medium

Read data journalism related articles on the GEN Medium Publication

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2017 Press Pack

We’ve put together a press pack for those of you wanting to cover the competition. Interested? Get it here.

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