RSS journalism awards 2015: winners announced

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The winners of the RSS Statistical Excellence in Journalism Award Winners 2015 have just been announced as follows:

Investigative journalism: ‘The Script report’ - Jon McClure, The Detail
Explaining the facts: ‘Big Data – are we making a big mistake?’ - Tim Harford, opinion piece published in the Financial Times and on his blog
Regional journalism: ‘Suicide kills as many as the Troubles’ - Kathryn Torney, The Detail (Northern Ireland)
Data visualisation: ‘Jihadism: Tracking a month of deadly attacks’ - Christine Jeavans, Nassos Stylianou, Richard Bangay, Aidan Fewster, James Offer and Charlotte Thornton, BBC News

The awards this year were run under four fresh categories, including the new award exclusively for regional and local journalists. As well as celebrating ‘investigative journalism’, the awards have also rewarded excellence in the communication of statistics, with ‘explaining the facts’ and ‘data visualisation’ categories.

It’s the second year that Kathryn Torney of The Detail has picked up a statistical excellence in Journalism award; in 2013 year she won the online category for a piece examining integration in Northern Ireland’s schools. Tim Harford has received a number of awards and commendations in previous years for his work on the Radio 4 programme ‘More or Less’.

RSS vice president for external affairs and chair of the award's judging panel, Jenny Freeman, said: 'The judges would like to thank all those who took time to enter the awards and congratulate the winners for high quality statistical journalism. The RSS runs these awards every year to help promote the good use of statistics and data in the media. The four category winners set the standard for this through their interesting and accurate use of numbers to tell a story.'

A list of the winners, along with citations from the judges, is available to downloaded (PDF). The winners have been invited to collect their award from the RSS annual conference in September.

Photo shows 2014 Statistical Excellence in Journalism - print category winner James Ball receiving his award from Jenny Freeman and then RSS President John Pullinger at last year's award ceremony.

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