12 Categories

1. Investigation of the year:

Awarded to the entry that best uses data in an investigative journalism project to shed light on an important topic of public interest. The entry will be judged based on quality and innovation of data use and analysis, the content created and its presentation, and its impact.

2. Best use of data in a breaking news story, within first 36 hours:

Best data-driven journalism project around an unplanned or unexpected breaking news story within 36 hours of the story breaking.  Based on quality and innovation of data use and analysis, content, frequency of updates and range of subjects covered. This category honors extraordinary work done under the pressure of time.  While entries that cover of anticipated and planned events – elections, inaugurations, etc – are discouraged, exceptions will be considered if applicants can demonstrate how the work entered was conceived and created on the spur of the moment.

3. Best individual portfolio:

Best portfolio of data-driven work by an individual, based on quality and innovation of data use and analysis, content, presentation, range of subjects covered and variety of approaches to data. The work entered should have been solely or principally created by the entrant.  A maximum of seven examples of work per entry.

4. Award for student and young data journalist of the year:

This award honors outstanding work done by new and young talent, done while still a student or early in their professional career.  Awarded to the best portfolio of data-driven work by an individual aged 27 or younger at the time the work was created, based on quality and innovation of data use and analysis, content, presentation, range of subjects covered and variety of approaches to data. The work entered should have been solely or principally created by the entrant.  A maximum of seven examples of work per entry.

5. Best data journalism team portfolio (Large newsroom):

Best portfolio of work by a data journalism team, based on quality and innovation of data use and analysis, content, frequency of updates, range of coverage and variety of approaches.  Entries will also be judged on longer-term replicability and sustainability of the data journalism practices used. A maximum of seven examples of work per entry.

6. Best data journalism team portfolio (Small newsroom):

Best portfolio of work by a data journalism team from an organization with 30 or fewer editorial staff, based on quality and innovation of data use and analysis, content, frequency of updates, range of coverage and variety of approaches.  Entries will also be judged on longer-term replicability and sustainability of the data journalism practices used. A maximum of seven examples of work per entry. (Note: The organization should have 30 or fewer total editorial staff, not just those in the data journalism team or those working on the submitted entries.)

7. Data visualisation of the year:

Awarded to the entry that best presents data-driven journalism on a topic of public interest as a visualization.  Entrants will be judged on how well the visualisation communicates key journalistic findings, its ability to engage audiences, the complexity and importance of the topic covered, and its usability across multiple platforms.

8. Public Choice Award:

An award for excellence in data journalism voted on by members of the public from the 2018 Shortlist.

9. Award for innovation in data journalism:

Awarded to the entry that demonstrates the most innovative approach to collecting, analyzing or examining data or to the most innovative approach to presenting data-driven journalism, to shed light on a topic of public interest. Entrants will be judged on how innovative the newsgathering technique is, the rigor of its analysis, and how well it brings new understanding to a topic of public interest, or on how innovative the presentation technique is, its ability to engage audiences, and the importance of the topic covered. Entries will also be judged on usability across multiple platforms.

10. News Data App:

Best data-based application or stand-alone site that covers a specific area of coverage in depth and that broadly stands independently of other coverage from that news organization.  The project should feature reporting as well as offer interactive elements for users to explore the topic. The award will be judged on quality and innovation of data use and analysis, content, frequency of updates, and ability to explain complex topics of public interest, as well as on how its usability across multiple platforms.

11. Open Data Award:

Best site that collects, structures and makes available datasets of public interest for reuse by the public, researchers and journalists for their own data-driven analysis and coverage. The award honors work that is focused on increasing the availability, quality and creation of freely accessible high-quality data in the public interest.  Entrants will be judged on the breadth and importance of datasets offered, the difficulty of obtaining and structuring them, and the ease of use for users. Entrants should also indicate in their application examples of how the data has been re-used by other organizations and individuals for journalistic and public service goals.

12. Data journalism website of the year:

Best journalism website or section of a website that is focused on data journalism – the collection, presentation, analysis of data and the creation of content around that data and its presentation.  Entries will be judged on how well the site integrates those various elements of data journalism into its design and mission, the quality of data use and analysis, content, presentation and ability to engage audiences.  Entries will also be judged on usability across multiple platforms.

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