Excellence in the growing field of data journalism has been recognised globally by the Global Editors Network (GEN), which held it’s annual summit last week.
The Data Journalism Awards, sponsored by Google, claim to be the first international contest to recognise outstanding work in the field of data journalism and attracted over 300 applicants.
There were three UK publications among the seven winners, each of which will receive a €2,000 prize.
Media Wales won the prize for Data-Driven Investigations (small media) for its Children in Care project which used data to highlight the increasing number of children in care in Wales.
Journalists at Media Wales found a 34.4 per cent increase in children being taken from their families and put into government care in the past eight years compared with a 7.3 per cent increase in England in the same period.
Here is a video interview with Trinity Mirror data journalist Claire Miller talking about the investigation:
The BBC won the Data-Driven Applications (big media) award for Great British Class Calculator. This interactive quiz enables readers to quickly find out which social class they fall in based on a new model drawn up by academics.
Guardian US won the Data-Driven Storytelling (big media) prize for its Gay Rights by State interactive graphic.
The other winners were:
Data-Driven Storytelling (small media): Jean Abbiateci and Ask Media, from France, for Art Market for Dummies (this received a People’s Choice Award)
Data-Driven Investigations (big media): La Nacion of Argentina for Argentina’s Senate Expenses, 2004-2013
Data-Journalism (section or website): Thomson Reuters for Connected China
Data-Driven Apps (small media): WeDoData, Paris for Le Pariteur