RSS announces Stats Excellence in Journalism Award winners

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The RSS is delighted to announce this year's winners of the Statistical Excellence in Journalism Awards, which this year are kindly sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Now in their eleventh year, the awards have become increasingly popular with journalists; the high number of entries we receive reflects the rise of data journalism and an increased awareness of the importance of statistics and data that underpins so much high-quality journalism.

The awards are run under four categories: ‘investigative journalism’, ‘explaining the facts’, ‘data visualisation’ and 'regional journalism'. This year, each category has a winner and a 'highly commended' entry.

This years' winners are listed below with judge's comments (in italics) on why they were selected:


Data Visualisation

  • Winner – Alex Selby Boothroyd, The EconomistHousehold income inequality
    A clear tool that communicates a lot of information in a very efficient way with useful interactivity.
  • Highly commended – Evan Hensleigh & James Fransham, The EconomistUS political majority builder
    An entertaining infographic that portrays complex political information in a helpful and informative way.

Explaining the facts

  • Winner – Reality Check Team (Anthony Reuben, Tamara Kovacevic, Alexis Condon, Peter Barnes), BBC News: Reality Check: Is migration at record levels?
    An excellent summary of an extremely complex issue which also tackles topics such as uncertainty and statistical significance.
  • Highly commended – Tom Chivers, BuzzFeedAre NHS weekend rotas really killing people?
    An in-depth investigation into a claim which provides a fantastic insight into the true risks associated with this controversial topic.



  • Winner – David Rhodes, BBC Yorkshire: Social Care – A postcode lottery
    A great overview of a UK-wide issue alongside regional information which is presented in an interactive and insightful way.
  • Highly commended – Nikki Fox, Georgie Bevan, BBC East: The true extent of cancelled operations
    A thorough investigation and explanation of how subtleties in the way statistics are defined can fail to tell the whole story.

A list of the winners, along with full citations from the judges, will be made available on our website in due course. The awards will be made at our annual awards ceremony in London which takes place on 12 July, along with our our annual summer reception.

You can register to attend the ceremony on our events page.


The above photo shows John Burn-Murdoch of the Financial Times receiving the 'Data visualisation' award from RSS president Peter Diggle and RSS vice president for external affairs, Jenny Freeman, at the RSS 2016 awards ceremony.

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