5 years worth of winning data journalism

The Data Journalism Awards has become a landmark competition rewarding the best work in the realm of data journalism across the world. Here are five years worth of winning projects into a list, which gives us a great idea of how the field has evolved over the years.

So we’ve decided to compile all the winners from the past five editions of the Data Journalism Awards into one list. Firstly because we think it gives a great picture of how much data journalism has grown, and also because we hope it will inspire you to apply to this year’s competition! (deadline is 7 April 2019)

So there you have it, year by year, our very great winners since 2014. What an amazing bunch of projects and people! Congratulations to them again.

Don’t hesitate to share with us what great data journalism projects you’ve come across in the comment section below.

 

2018 was all about machine learning and social impact

Winners of the Data Journalism Awards 2018

Life in the camps by Reuters (UK) won the Data visualisation of the year award.

Easy Money by The Globe and Mail (Canada) won the Startup Lisboa award for investigation of the year.

The Atlas Of Redistricting by FiveThirtyEight (US) won the News data app of the year award.

#SaferRoadsPH by Rappler (Philippines) won the SEMrush award for data journalism website of the year.

The search operation of the submarine Ara San Juan by La Nacion (Argentina) won the Chartbeat award for the best use of data in a breaking news story, within first 36 hours.

Follow the Money by Postmedia (Canada) won the Open Data award.

Patrick Stotz from SPIEGEL ONLINE (Germany) won the Best individual portfolio award.

The jury also awarded an Honorable Mention in this category for Yudivian Almeida from Postdata.club (Cuba).

Caixin VisLab (China) won the Best large data journalism team award.

InfoTimes from Egypt and Monitor de Victimas from Venezuela both won the Best small data journalism team award (joint winners).

Hidden Spy Planes by BuzzFeed News (US), won the JSK Fellowships award for innovation in data journalism.

Marie-Louise Timcke from the Berliner Morgenpost (Germany) won the Twitter award for student and young data journalist of the year.

Monitor da Violencia by G1 (Brazil) won the Microsoft award for public choice.

 

2017 was the year of the app and of fact checking

Winners of the Data Journalism Awards 2017

The Rhymes Behind Hamilton by The Wall Street Journal (US) won the Data Visualisation of the year award

The Globe and Mail  won Investigation of the year award for Unfounded

ProPublica and The Electionland Coalition won the News data app of the year award for Electionland

Crime and Corruption Reporting Network – KRIK for Database of Assets of Serbian Politicians won the Open data award.

Rutas del Conflicto won the Data journalism website of the year award.

The Chartbeat award for the best use of data in a breaking news story, within first 36 hours, went to NPR / NPR Visuals & NPR Politics for Fact Check: Trump And Clinton Debate For The First Time.

John Burn-Murdoch from the Financial Times won the Best individual portfolio award.

The Berliner Morgenpost Interactive team won the Best team portfolio award.

Yaryna Serkez won the Student and young data journalist of the year award.

The Marshall Project won the Small newsroom award with Crime in Context

Abraji (Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism) also won a Small newsroom award with Ctrl+X

The Public choice award went to Nation Media Group for “Researchers bet on mass medication to wipe out malaria in L Victoria Region”

“Spies in the skies” by BuzzFeed News

Innovation and collaboration were the keywords of 2016

Winners of the Data Journalism Awards 2016

“Spies in the skies” by BuzzFeed News won the Data visualisation of the year (large newsroom) award.

The Panama Papers won the Investigation of the year (large newsroom) award.

The Civio Foundation won the Investigation of the year (small newsrooms) award for “Medicamentalia”

La Nación won the Open data award for “Open Data Journalism for Change”

The award for Best use of data in a breaking news story (within first 36 hours) went to Al Jazeera America for “Derailed Amtrak train sped into deadly crash curve”.

FiveThirtyEight won the award for News data app of the year (large newsroom) with “What would it take to flip states in the 2016 election?”

Convoca won the award for News data app of the year (small newsroom) with “Excesos sin castigo”

Sisi Wei (ProPublica) won the Best individual portfolio award.

FiveThirtyEight won the Data journalism website of the year award.

The General excellence award (Jury’s choice) went to Quartz

The Public choice award went to Public Radio International for “What if the Syrian civil war happened in your country?”

An honorable mention for Open Data was awarded to IndiaSpend for their project #breathe.

 

“Battling Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century: The Impact of Vaccines” buy The Wall Street Journal

Data leaks and news games were the highlights of 2015

Winners of the Data Journalism Awards 2015

The Wall Street Journal won the award for Data visualisation of the year (large newsroom) with “Battling Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century: The Impact of Vaccines”

Libera Università di Bolzano won the award for Data visualisation of the year (small newsroom) with “People’s Republic of Bolzano”

The ICIJ won the Investigation of the year (large newsroom) award for “Swiss Leaks” and “Luxembourg Leaks

Ojo Publico won the Investigation of the year (small newsroom) award for “Sworn Accounts: An Analysis of Changes and Wealth of Lima’s Mayors”

BBC News got the Best news data app of the year (large newsroom)  award for “Which Sport Are You Made For? Take Our 60 Second Test”

The Best news data app of the year (small newsroom) award went to El Financiero for “Does School Pay Off? How Much?”

La Nación won the Data journalism website of the year award for “LA NACION DATA: Open Data Journalism for Change”

Rob Barry from The Wall Street Journal won the Best individual portfolio award.

Berlingske won an Open data award for #Tracked.

ProPublica also won an Open data award for Treatment Tracker.

The Best entry from a small newsroom award went to Kiln.

The General Excellence award (Jurors’ Choice) went to Al Jazeera America for Michael Keller’s portfolio, the project “In Between In California”, and “Jim Crows Returns”.

Special Citation was also given to the Berliner Morgenpost for “New Berliners and Native Berliners”.

The Public choice award went to France Télévisions for “DATAGUEULE”.

The Migrant Files

We saw great interactive visual storytelling in 2014

Winners of the Data Journalism Awards 2014

The award for best story or group of stories on a single topic went to Detective.io for “The Migrants Files“.

The award for Best small newsroom entry went to Kiln.

Chad Skelton (Vancouver Sun) won the Best individual portfolio award.

ProPublica won the Jury’s choice award.

The Washington Post won the Best data-driven investigation award for “Homes for the Taking”.

The New York Times won the Best data visualisation award for “Reshaping New York”.

La Nación won the Best data journalism application or website award for “Open Statement of Assets from Argentina’s Main Public Officials”.

The award for Best portfolio by a team or a newsroom went to Neue Zürcher Zeitung.