2020 Statistical Excellence in Journalism awards launched

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We are now formally accepting 2020 entries for our Statistical Excellence in Journalism awards, sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Now in their 14th year, the awards celebrate journalists who use statistics to question, analyse and investigate the issues that affect society. Journalists and reporters from the BBC, BuzzFeed, The Economist and the Financial Times have all been recognised in previous years.

The awards are this year again divided into four categories: Data visualisation, Explaining the facts, Investigative journalism and Regional.

To nominate a particular piece of work, whether it is produced by an individual or a team, just fill in a simple entry form which can be downloaded on the RSS website.

Work must have been carried out or completed between 1 January and 31 December 2019. Anyone working in the media - either from the UK or elsewhere - is eligible to enter. Entries can be self-nominated, with a maximum of three entries per journalist, and will be judged against set criteria by an RSS panel.

Read more about the criteria and download an entry from on our dedicated web page.

The deadline for the Statistical Excellence in journalism award is midnight of the 24 January 2020.


The above photo shows Tim Harford, Richard Vadon and Ruth Alexander, of BBC Radio 4’s More or Less, with their ‘Explaining the Facts’ award from 2019’s ceremony. The award was presented by the ESRC’s Director of Strategy and Partnerships Paul Nightingale, pictured on the right.

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