The Royal Statistical Society now welcomes entries for its 2017 ‘Statistical Excellence in Journalism’ awards, which recognises writers and broadcasters for their use of statistics and numbers in bringing the day’s stories to life.
Established back in 2007, the award has over the years honoured scores of journalists, including Chris Giles from the Financial Times, Daniel Finkelstein of The Times, the More or Less team at BBC’s Radio 4 and Alberto Nardelli (pictured left, receiving his award) of The Guardian, among others.
Anyone working in the media - either from the UK or elsewhere - is eligible to enter a suitable story making good use of statistics and data during the 2016 calendar year. Entries can be self-nominated, with a maximum of three entries per journalist, and will be judged against set criteria by a RSS panel. Winners will be invited to collect their award at an awards ceremony which will take place in the summer of 2017.
'We had just under 60 very high quality entries for the 2016 Awards and we expect even more entries for 2017,' says Dr Jen Rogers, RSS VP for external affairs from 2017 and chair of the journalism awards panel. 'We are particularly reaching out to regional journalists who have championed statistics in their reporting of local issues. This is especially important now, when policy issues are increasingly important from a regional and local perspective. 2016 has been a busy year for news so we look forward to seeing a wide variety of entries from journalists of all specialisms.'
To find out more information and enter the awards, go to our journalism awards webpage. Follow updates on the awards on Twitter at #RSSAwards2017.