2021 Statistical Excellence in Journalism awards launched

We are now accepting entries for our 2021 Statistical Excellence in Journalism awards, sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council. 

Now in their 15th year, the awards celebrate journalists who use statistics to question, analyse and investigate the issues that affect society. Journalists and reporters from the BBC, Guardian and Financial Times have all been recognised in previous years. 

For 2021, a new category, ‘Statistical excellence in coronavirus reporting’ will be open to journalists who have gone above and beyond in the effective use of statistics and data in their reporting of the pandemic. Awards will also be presented for investigative journalism, data visualisation and ‘explaining the facts’.  

Professor Christl Donnelly, RSS Vice President for external affairs and chair of the judging panel, said: 'Data and statistics have played a crucial role in news reporting throughout the pandemic and journalists have worked hard in providing the public with the numbers they need to know. While as statisticians, we are often focussed on correcting bad statistical practice in the media, these awards give us an excellent opportunity to highlight and celebrate good practice.'

Catherine Bromley, ESRC Deputy Director of Data Strategy and Infrastructure, said: 'The professional use of robust evidence and data whilst reporting on important issues is absolutely vital. This is why ESRC is delighted to support these awards again this year.  I look forward to judging the entries and congratulating the winners.' 

The deadline for entries is Monday 22nd March. To read more about the criteria and download the entry form, go to: rss.org.uk/journalism-awards/ 



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