The Data Journalism Awards is calling for entries from outstanding journalists working in the field of Data Journalism in any media worldwide for the 2013 Data Journalism Awards. They reward outstanding examples of data driven investigations, data driven applications and storytelling with data visualisation, which cover matters relevant to society and aim to have results or an impact at a societal level.
Specifications
There are four DJA categories awarded at both big media and small media levels, giving out a total of eight prizes. A special prize will also be given to “The public choice”, the project which will get the most votes on the Data Journalism Awards website between 27 April and 1 June 2013. The four categories are as follows:

  •  Data-driven investigative journalism: using data to uncover facts.
  • Data storytelling (text, visualisation, video…)
  • Data-driven applications (mobile or web): serving data to your public
  • Data journalism website or section.

Worth of Awards
Data-driven investigative journalism: using data to uncover facts

  • Small media (less than 30 fulltime journalists)
  •  Big media (more than 30 fulltime journalists)

Ist prize: € 2,000 (around 2,300 USD), DJA certificate and digital medal
This category reward is given to an outstanding example of investigative journalism powered by data. The work should cover matters relevant to society and should aim to have results or an impact on a societal level. The work should show excellence in all stages of production and presentation. More specifically, the jury seeks excellence in storytelling, editorial work and efforts to enable an engaging user experience. Consideration will be given to the resources and techniques used.
To be eligible for this category one or several datasets must be used as resources. A combination of sources and methods may be used (e.g. interviews with experts, policy makers, etc.) but the interrogation of datasets is required to play a significant role in the production process. All works may be presented and delivered in the form of written text, graphics, tables or a combination of the three. The jury will also pay attention to how the story was produced with regards to resources and techniques.
 Data storytelling (text, visualisation, video…)

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  • Small media (less than 30 fulltime journalists)
  •  Big media (more than 30 fulltime journalists)
  • 1st prize: € 2,000 (around 2,300 USD), DJA certificate and digital medal

This category reward is given to an exceptional example of the use of storytelling to put data into context in pieces that provide insight into complex matters that are relevant to society. This category include text pieces interpreting datasets, video works, use of data visualisations (static or interactive) including maps,  and any other form of innovative way to present data to inform. The work should aim to have results or an impact on a societal level. Consideration will be given to the types of resources and techniques used.
Data-driven applications (mobile or web): serving data to your public

  • Small media (less than 30 fulltime journalists)
  • Big media (more than 30 fulltime journalists)

1st prize: € 2,000 (around 2,300 USD), DJA certificate and digital medal
This category reward is given to the best illustration of the sharing of one or more data-sets of public importance with an audience in a format that enables easy insight as well as simple navigation and reuse.
Whether it is cleaned data in a spreadsheet or a service or application built on top of data, the work must cover matters relevant to society and must aim to have results or an impact on a societal level. Whereas in the first category high quality original reporting is rewarded, in this category the jury will reward different ways of serving data that enables anyone to gain insight that is relevant to their community or create their own narratives based on it. Consideration will be given to the resources and techniques used.
Data journalism website or section

  • Small media (less than 30 fulltime journalists)
    •  Big media (more than 30 fulltime journalists)

1st prize: € 2,000 (around 2,300 USD), DJA certificate and digital medal
This category reward is given to a media organisation demonstrating exceptional support to the field of data journalism through a dedicated website or section of its day to day news production. The jury will not reward here the excellence of single pieces, but the consistency of a global strategy towards Data journalism, and the quality of data journalism content in the long run.
Eligibility

  • All work must have been published or aired between 10 April 2012 and 5 April 2013.
  • Entries are allowed to have been published on any other media platform: online, radio, audio, broadcast, print or a combination of platforms.
  • Entries are allowed to be an individual work or a series of works.
  • There is no limit to the amount of entries that can be submitted by one applicant. Applicants may submit the same entry to several categories.
  • There are no submission fees, however translation costs may be incurred for works published in languages other than English, which will need to be covered by the applicant.
  • Media companies, non-profit organisations and freelancers or individuals are all eligible for the Data Journalism Awards.
  • Works produced by individuals or teams of staffers from media companies and non-profit organizations, as well as freelancers or individuals are all eligible for entry.
  • Works that are the result of a collaboration between organizations may also be submitted.
  • Those works produced by staffers or freelancers collaborating with government agencies, business or trade organizations with a stake (financial or of other nature) in the issue at hand are not eligible.
  • Works that include significant input from the members of the jury will not be accepted for entry into the competition.

Applicants should however note that the DJA administrators have the final authority to determine whether an entry is eligible or not.
How to Apply
Participants may apply via the online entry form. There are six steps that all entrants must follow in the application process:

  • Create an account on the form management tool. With this account, you will be able to save your submission as a draft, and edit as many times as you wish, before you finally submit your entry. You should be aware that after submitting your entry, you will not be able to edit or amend it anymore.
  • You must agree to the Data Journalism Awards Copyright and Terms of Service.
  • You must provide the personal Information of the person who will be the contact for the awards.
  • You must provide the composition of your team.
  • You must provide information about your entry, upload a screenshot of the entry and a link to the entry online. Please pay extra attention to the picture you will provide as a screenshot of your entry: this picture will be used to display your entry on the organization’s website.
  • You must inform the organization if you are interested to receive the GEN updates on innovation in media and journalism.

Please note that: All submissions must be in English. Entries in languages other than English will be accepted provided that they are accompanied by translations of the work. Words included in graphics, databases and applications must also be translated. Radio material must be transcribed in English and video material must contain English subtitles. If a work originally published in a language other than English passes the pre-jury selection stage, applicants may be asked to provide additional information and translations.
Deadline: Entries may be submitted by 5 April 2013 at 23:59 GMT.
For details of the awards, and to apply, click here