2015 Award for Statistical Excellence in Journalism launched

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The Society is encouraging entries for its 2015 ‘Statistical Excellence in Journalism’ awards, which recognises writers and broadcasters for their good – and accurate – use of numbers. Now in its ninth year, the awards have previously been scooped by reporters from the BBC, Guardian and Financial Times, amongst others.

Those who have entered for these awards previously should note that this year sees four fresh categories of award up for grabs.

The new categories include a new award exclusively for regional and local journalists. The other award categories are ‘investigative journalism’, ‘explaining the facts’ and ‘data visualisation’.

Anybody working in media is eligible to enter a suitable story making good use of statistics or data during the 2014 calendar year. Entries can be self-nominated, and will be judged against set criteria by a RSS panel. Winners will be invited to collect their award from the RSS annual conference later this year.

“The Statistical Excellence in Journalism awards have become increasingly popular, attracting a large number of entries across the media spectrum from specialist press to national broadcasters,' said Dr Jenny Freeman, RSS vice president for external affairs. 'We are hoping to see a record number of entries this year competing for our new, updated categories.

'I am particularly keen to encourage more regional and local journalists to enter, who might often be working with extremely tight resources but still managing to publish interesting and accurate numbers-based stories.'

To find out more information and enter the awards, go to www.rss.org.uk/awards.

Above photo shows Dr Jenny Freeman and former RSS president John Pullinger with Guardian journalist James Ball, joint winner in last year's Print category.

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