RSS and Wincott Foundation launch data journalism award

The RSS has partnered with the Wincott Foundation for a new Data Journalism of the Year Award. 

The Wincott Foundation was set up in 1969 in honour of Harold Wincott, the most distinguished economic journalist of his day, to support and encourage high quality economic, financial and business journalism. The new data award will be presented as part of the foundation’s wider programme of journalism awards. Winners will be announced later this year. 

Worth up to £5,000, the Data Journalism of the Year award will be made to a team or individual showing the best use of data analysis and visualisation tools to tell a complex economic or business story.

'We are thrilled to partner with the Wincott Foundation on this new award and celebrate the best use of data in economic, financial and business journalism,' said Stian Westlake, Chief Executive of the RSS. 'Increasingly, the best business and finance stories depend on ingenious and insightful data. Journalists who understand stats and data and can make them speak to readers have created some of the most compelling stories of 2020.'

Lionel Barber, who chairs the Wincott Foundation, said he hoped the support of the RSS would reinforce the importance of data as a tool for reporters and editors to produce richer, more engaging journalism. 'It’s great to have the imprimatur of the Royal Statistical Society as we launch our new award,' he said. 

The deadline for entries is Friday February 26 2021. All entry details can be found at

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