Meet the Jury

Our jury members come from all over the world, they work in some of the most prestigious news organisations, they are big players in the data journalism industry.


Thomson Reuters, President of the jury

Reginald Chua is Executive Editor, Editorial Operations, Data and Innovation at Thomson Reuters, where among other duties, he leads development of Reuters’ computer-assisted reporting and newsroom technology capabilities. Before joining Reuters in April 2011, Chua was Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post. He began a 16-year career at The Wall Street Journal as a correspondent in Manila, opened the paper’s Hanoi bureau, was the longest-serving editor of its Asian edition and then moved to New York, where he served as a Deputy Managing Editor. A native of Singapore, Chua graduated with a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Chicago.


Knight Chair in Data Journalism for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University

Sarah Cohen is the Knight Chair in Data Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Arizona, U.S. She previously worked as the editor of the data journalism team at The New York Times that focused on original investigative and enterprise reporting and as a data editor for The Washington Post. Her work has been awarded most national investigative journalism awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Goldsmith Award and the Robert F. Kennedy award for public service and the IRE medal. For three years, she served as the Knight Chair in Computational Journalism at Duke University. Cohen is past president and elected board member for Investigative Reporters and Editors.


Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute

Liliana Bounegru is a new media, digital methods and digital journalism researcher and a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford. She is affiliated with the Oxford Internet Institute and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. She is part of Misinformation, Science and Media, an Oxford Martin School programme that investigates the impact of misinformation campaigns online on the public understanding of techno-scientific issues. She is also a researcher at the Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam), where she previously acted as a Managing Director. She is also a co-founder of the Public Data Lab (publicdatalab.org), and a research associate at the Sciences Po Paris media lab.


Knight Chair at the University of Miami

Alberto Cairo teaches visualisation and infographics at the School of Communication at the University of Miami. He’s also the director of the visualisation program at UM’s Center for Computational Science and, since June 2015, he is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the university. Cairo is the author of the books The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization (2012) and The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication (2016). He has been a director of infographics at several publications in Spain and Brazil, and has taught and consulted for companies and educational institutions in more than 20 countries. In 2012 he created the first journalism Massive Open Online Course in the world, titled ‘Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization,’ which has attracted more than 14,000 students from 100 countries in its four editions. He is consultant for companies like Google and Microsoft.


Editor-in-chief of Inkyfada

Monia Ben Hamadi is the editor-in-chief of Inkyfada, a Tunis-based media outlet. Inkyfada specializes in long-form reporting, investigation, data journalism and visual storytelling. Member of the NGO Al Khatt, which works in the field of media, through advocacy, training and development of web solutions especially dedicated to the media and NGOs. Founding member of HuffPost Maghreb and former editor-in-chief of HuffPost Tunisia.



Senior editor for digital at The Economist

Kenneth Cukier is Senior Editor for Digital at The Economist, following two decades as a foreign correspondent. He is coauthor of “Big Data: A Revolution That Transforms How We Live, Work and Think,” a NYT Bestseller translated into over 20 languages. Kenneth is a board director of International Bridges to Justice, which improves legal rights in developing countries. He is a trustee of Chatham House, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Digital strategist and editor

Esra Dogramaci recently worked at Deutsche Welle (formerly at the BBC where she was a digital consultant). She has significant experience in digital transformation across news and current affairs, particularly in social video and off platform growth and development. Prior to Deutsche Welle, Esra was with Al Jazeera in Qatar and Turkey and UNICEF and UN headquarters working in new media/communications throughout. She’s also a former national team athlete, representing Australia in Ice Hockey.


Visual journalist

Feilding Cage is a visual journalist with more than a decade of experience at global news organizations. He spent nearly eight years at the Guardian, most recently as editor of the visuals team. His work has focused on groundbreaking digital storytelling for some of the Guardian’s top stories including the NSA files, gay rights and the Panama Papers. Previously, he led interactive projects at the Associated Press and Time magazine. His has been recognized at Malofiej, SND, and the Emmys.


Founding Knight Chair at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Steve Doig is a professor of data journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism of Arizona State University. Before joining ASU in 1996 as the founding Knight Chair, he was research editor of the Miami Herald. Data projects on which he worked at The Herald and at ASU have won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, the IRE Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the George Polk Award, and other recognition. He consults actively with news organizations on complex data analysis stories, has done data workshops in 19 countries, and been named twice as a Fulbright Scholar. He also has been a judge for the Investigative Reporters & Editors awards and for the Phil Meyer Precision Journalism Award.


Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Professional Journalism at Stanford University

Cheryl Phillips has been teaching journalism at Stanford since 2014 and is a founding member of the Stanford Computational Journalism Lab. She is involved in a cross-departmental effort with Sharad Goel, an Assistant Professor at Stanford in the Department of Management Science & Engineering, to collect police interaction data and evaluate racial disparities. The effort, called the Stanford Open Policing Project, is then working to share that data with journalists and researchers. Cheryl also is a member of the California Civic Data Coalition, A collaboration among data journalists to open up California campaign finance data and make it more accessible. Cheryl has taught data journalism and data visualization at the University of Washington and Seattle University. She also served for 10 years on the board of directors for Investigative Reporters and Editors, a grass roots training organization for journalists and she is a former IRE board president. She currently serves on an advisory board for Tableau Public, a data visualization software tool.



Assistant Managing Editor for digital at The Chronicle of Higher Education

Joshua Hatch is the Assistant Managing Editor for Digital at “The Chronicle of Higher Education” and “The Chronicle of Philanthropy” and a former Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. He is past-president of the board of directors of the Online News Association and has taught data journalism and interactive multimedia at American University. Before joining “The Chronicle”, Hatch was at the Sunlight Foundation and was Interactives Director at USA TODAY.


Co-founder and editor of Data Journalism China

Yolanda Jinxin Ma is the co-founder and editor of Data Journalism China, an initiative that have successfully nurtured the first generation of data journalism practitioners in China, which has been closed with its mission completed. She has also led the first Massive Online Open Course of data journalism fundamentals that was tailored for audience in Asia, which attracted more than 4000 participants.
Previously, Yolanda worked for Thomson Reuters on an award-winning data visualization project. Before that she was the first Social Media Editor at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. From 2016 to 2017, Yolanda was a Global Governance Futures Fellow, with a focus on Data Governance. Currently Yolanda is based in Bangkok, working for the United Nations on impact investment and innovative finance across the Asia Pacific region.


Deputy managing editor, Global Head of Visuals, at The Wall Street Journal

Shazna Nessa is the Deputy Managing Editor, Global Head of Visuals, at The Wall Street Journal in New York, USA. Before that she was director of journalism at Knight Foundation. She was a 2014 John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University, where her work focused on visual literacy and data visualization, using human-centered approaches. Previously she was a deputy managing editor at the Associated Press in New York, creating and leading teams on innovation projects around data, interactivity, mobile and social media. Shazna has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York. As an adjunct professor at CUNY, she created and taught the school’s inaugural design course.


Engineering lead for the Microsoft Data Journalism Program

The engineering lead for the Microsoft Data Journalism Program, Lukasz Pawlowski, is passionate about getting hands-on with big projects that enable journalists and their audiences to use data more elegantly and efficiently. From his position as Program Manager of Power BI, Microsoft’s data visualization and analysis tool, Lukasz has spearheads data journalism projects with online and broadcast news outlets like The Associated Press and France Télévisions.
As a part of the team that builds Microsoft’s core data visualization technologies, Lukasz finds new ways to enable more people to benefit from the power of beautiful, communicative data. In recent years, he has driven efforts to bring custom data visualizations into a mass market product. Leveraging technologies like D3JS, he has contributed to the design of numerous 3rd-party data visualization designs and reusable data visualizations.
He holds a degree in System Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo with specialization in Computer Systems.
You can follow Lukasz on Twitter at @lukasztweets.


Data Journalism Project Manager and Multimedia Development Manager at La Nación

Angelica Peralta Ramos (Momi) is data journalism project manager and multimedia development manager at La Nación, a newspaper from Argentina. She is a Computer Scientist and MBA, since 2011 she leads a team and a project of Open Data Journalism named La Nación Data, that includes developing data-driven journalism, open collaboration and open data in a country that recently passed its FOI law, but is still not implemented. She co-founded lanacion.com in 1995 and was product and digital media manager of New media at La Nación until 2004. Since 2006 she has been in charge of La Nación Multimedia, a research, development and training area with focus on innovation and best practices in digital media. Her team also develops customised training programs for the newsroom on digital media and data journalism and coordinates cross platform content projects.


James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University

Aron Pilhofer is the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University. In addition to teaching, his work is focused on new business models, digital transformation and innovation in news. Before joining Temple, Pilhofer was Executive Editor, Digital, and interim Chief Digital Officer at the Guardian in London. Previously, he has been a reporter and editor at The New York Times, The Center for Public Integrity as well as Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware. Aron also co-founded two news-related startups: DocumentCloud.org and Hacks & Hackers.


Executive Director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)

Paul Radu is the executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard concept, of Visual investigative Scenarios visualization software and a co-founder of RISE Project a platform for investigative reporters and hackers in Romania . He has held a number of fellowships, including the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship in 2001, the Milena Jesenska Press Fellowship in 2002, the Rosalyn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in 2007, the 2008 Knight International Journalism fellowship with the International Center for Journalists as well as a 2009-2010 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellowship. He is the recipient of numerous awards including in 2004, the Knight International Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, in 2007, the Global Shining Light Award, the Tom Renner Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the 2011 the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and the 2015 European Press Prize. Paul is a board member with the Global Investigative Journalism Network.


Founder and CEO of Chicas Poderosas

Founder and CEO of Chicas Poderosas a digital training community to bring more women to technology in media. Until Aug 2016, director of Interactive and animation at Fusion Media, Knight Chair of Innovation at FIU and. 2015 Graduate from JSK Journalism Knight Fellowship at Stanford, 2014 Knight International Journalism Fellow, where she worked all across Latin America in major newsrooms and with independent journalists. Mariana Santos is a visual storyteller, who did groundbreaking work as a member of the interactive team at The Guardian in London. A trained animator, she pioneered the newsroom’s use of motion graphics to make data stories more compelling. She leads design thinking workshops to increase multidisciplinary approach to storytelling, and she is a leader in community transformation via digital training.


Director of the Master of Science Data Concentration Program at the Journalism School at Columbia University

Giannina Segnini is currently Director of the Master of Science Data Concentration Program at the Journalism School at Columbia University in New York. Until February 2014, Segnini headed a team of journalists and computer engineers at La Nacion, Costa Rica’s newspaper. The team was fully dedicated to unfold investigative stories by gathering, analyzing and visualizing public databases. Her team processed the data and developed the interactive application for the OffshoreLeaks project, published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in 2013. She also partakes actively in the ICIJ’s Panama Papers project.


Founder of Thinking Machines Data Science

Stephanie runs a global data science consultancy which helps big organisations, global nonprofits, and award-winning media organisations make data-driven decisions at all levels. Read about Thinking Machines here. They also tell great stories with public data here.


Meet the Team

Data editor at Google | Data Journalism Awards Director

Simon Rogers is a data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of Facts are Sacred published by Faber & Faber and a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Now Data editor at the Google News Lab, Simon previously edited and created guardian.co.uk/data, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them – and probably the world’s most popular data journalism website. He has also been a news editor at The Guardian, and was formerly Twitter’s data editor.


Founder of HEI-DA | Data Journalism Awards Manager

Marianne Bouchart is a data journalist based in France. She is the manager of the Data Journalism Awards. She is also the founder and director of HEI-DA, a non-profit organisation promoting digital innovation and the future of data storytelling. Before launching HEI-DA, Marianne spent 10 years in London where she worked as a web producer, data journalism and graphics editor for Bloomberg News. She also created the Data Journalism Blog in 2011 and gives lectures at journalism schools, in the UK and in France.