The Society is now welcoming entries for its 2016 ‘Statistical Excellence in Journalism’ awards, which recognises writers and broadcasters for their good – and accurate – use of numbers.
The awards have recognised stats-savvy journalists working in print, broadcasting and online outlets for the past ten years. Previous recipients include Chris Giles and Chris Cook (both at the Financial Times), Cathy Newman (Channel 4 News) the 'More or Less' team at Radio 4 and James Ball and Simon Rogers (while at The Guardian).
Last year saw the launch of four fresh categories of award up for grabs: 'regional journalism', ‘investigative journalism’, ‘explaining the facts’ and ‘data visualisation’. These were won, respectively, by Kathryn Torney and Jon McClure, both from The Detail, Tim Harford at the Financial Times and the visualisation team at BBC News.
This year, anyone working in media is eligible to enter a suitable story that made good use of statistics or data during 2015. Entries can be self-nominated, and will be judged against set criteria by a RSS panel. Winners will be invited to collect their awardat a ceremony at the RSS HQ in London this summer (date to be confirmed).
'Since their establishment in 2007 the awards have grown significantly and each year the judges are impressed with the continuing quality of entries,' said Jenny Freeman, RSS vice president for external affairs. 'Following the revamp of categories last year, I would encourage all journalists to enter and we would especially like to hear from regional journalists and those from smaller news organisations who are doing their bit to improve the use of statistics and the quality of reporting of statistics in journalism.'
The deadline for entries is midnight of 16 March 2016. To find out more information and enter the awards, go to http://www.rss.org.uk/journalism-awards.
The above photo shows Christine Jeavons of BBC News receiving the 'Data visualisation' award from RSS president Peter Diggle at the RSS 2015 Conference.