Entries may now be made to the Society’s awards for statistical excellence, both in the fields of journalism and in official statistics.
The RSS Statistical Excellence in Official Statistics awards
reward good practice by statisticians in the many departments, administrations and agencies which produce official statistics. Government statisticians produce and interpret essential information on key areas such as the economy, schools and healthcare – for politicians, businesses and the public alike, and these awards specifically focus on those who meet the needs of the wider user community.
The aim of the award is to recognise outstanding innovations or developments that improve the service to users. Nominations from members are now sought; eligible examples should be dated between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2012
The RSS Statistical Excellence in Journalism awards
recognise excellence in journalists’ use of statistics in order to question, analyse and investigate issues that affect society at large. The awards are made in three categories: print, online and broadcast (radio or TV), and must have been published or broadcast for the first time in the past year (January-December 2012). Previous winners include Chris Giles, economics editor of the Financial Times, Simon Rogers, editor of the Guardian’s Datablog, Radio 4’s ‘More or Less’ programme and Cathy Newman of Channel 4 News.
RSS fellows who saw or heard good use of statistics in the media in 2012 are asked to send details to the RSS office or contact the journalist directly to encourage an entry. The Society stresses that entries don’t have to be statistically complex; indeed, a key consideration is the extent to which statistical information has been explained in an accessible way to the general public.
Full entry conditions and entry forms are on the relevant pages of the RSS website from (all of which can be linked to from here). The deadline for all entries is 5pm on Friday, 24 May 2013.