Data-driven reporting regularly involves some form of data entry — some of the stories I’ve been involved with, for example, have included entering information from Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, compiling data from documents such as companies’ accounts, or working with partners to collect information from a range of sources.
But you’ll rarely hear the challenges of managing these projects discussed in resources on data journalism.
Last week I delivered a session on exactly those challenges to a factchecking team in Albania, so I thought it might be useful to share the tips from that session here.
They include some steps to take to reduce the likelihood of problems arising, while also helping to ensure a data entry project takes as little time as possible. Continue reading
Data journalists are being invited to enter a new data journalism award, launched to “celebrate the best data journalism around the world [and] to empower, elevate and enlighten the global community of data journalists.”
The Sigma Awards were created by Aron Pilhofer and Reginald Chua, with support from Marianne Bouchart and Google’s Simon Rogers. Bouchart managed the Data Journalism Awards organised by the Global Editors Network, which closed last year.
There are nine awards across six categories:
- Best data-driven reporting (small and large newsrooms)
- Best visualisation (small and large newsrooms)
- Innovation (small and large newsrooms)
- Young journalist
- Open data; and
- Best news application
Aside from a trophy, up to two people from each winning project will receive an all-expenses-covered trip to the International Journalism Festival in Perugia on 1–5 April 2020 where the awards will be celebrated.
The organisers hope that winners will “participate in and lead data journalism panels, discussions and workshops” at the festival.
Entries to the competition are open until 3 February 2020 at 11:59 pm ET via an online form.