data journalism awards. shortlisted entries at ijf12

This article is cross-posted on By Liliana Bounegru.

The Global Editors Network (GEN) and the European Journalism Centre (EJC) are proud to announce the launch of the first annual Data Journalism Awards (DJA).

Journalists and media organisations have increasingly been using data to improve reportage of complex issues and to give readers direct access to the sources behind the headlines. From the Guardian to the New York Times, La Stampa to Die Zeit, journalists and media organisations are experimenting with new ways of sourcing, delivering and enabling readers and users to engage with news.

The DJA is the first international contest recognizing outstanding work in this field. It is organised by the GEN in collaboration with the EJC, and is sponsored by Google.

A jury of data journalism experts and editors from all over the world, including from prestigious organisations like New York Times, Reuters, and Les Echos will award a total of €45,000 to six winners. The jury is headed by Paul Steiger, founder of ProPublica.

There are three award categories awarded at both (i) national and international and (ii) local and regional levels to give a total of six prizes. The three categories are:

1. Data-driven investigative journalism
2. Data visualisation & storytelling
3. Data-driven applications

The work submitted must have been published or aired between 11 April 2011 and 10 April 2012.

How to apply?

Applicants are welcome to submit their best data journalism projects at The competition is open to media companies, non-profit organisations, freelancers and individuals until 10 April 2012. The six winning projects will be announced the annual News World Summit (NEWS!) hosted by the Global Editors Network, which will take place in Paris, France, from 30 May to 01 June 2012.

Find out more about the competition and how to apply at Get in touch with the organisers by email, on Twitter using the hashtag #dja or by posting a message on the DJA Facebook page.

Data Journalism Awards at the International Journalism Festival

On Friday 27 April at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia the Global Editors Network (GEN) and the European Journalism Centre (EJC) will announce the 30 shortlisted entries for the 2012 edition of the Data Journalism Awards (DJA). The announcement will be made by Bertrand Pecquerie, CEO of the GEN, and Wilfried Reutten, director of the EJC. There will follow a discussion of the latest trends in data journalism based on this selection by two of the DJA jury members: Wolfgang Blau, editor-in-chief of Zeit Online and Aron Pilhofer, editor of Interactive News at The New York Times.