Statistical excellence in journalism


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.

About our awards

We established our awards for statistical excellence in journalism in 2007 to encourage excellence in journalists’ use of statistics to question, analyse and investigate the issues that affect society. The awards have previously been scooped by reporters from the BBC, BuzzFeed, The Economist and the Financial Times and celebrate the great strides that have been made in journalist’s use of numbers to tell a story.

The 2019 awards were kindly sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The winners in 2019

Explaining the Facts
This category celebrates excellent stories which take a current issue or statistic already published and enable greater public understanding through effective explanation.

Data Visualisation 
For this category we look for stories which include brilliant data visualisation to aid explanation of the statistics being presented.

Investigative Journalism
We look for stories which include previously unpublished statistics either through unpublished data that have been sourced and analysed by the journalist or new analyses of existing data.

Regional Journalism
The judges look for stories from local or regional journalists which include statistics that are related to a local matter, or local or regional journalists that champion the role of statistics in society.

Read more about the winners in our news story.

Previous award winners

2018 winners (news announcement)
2017 winners (PDF)
2016 winners (PDF)
2015 winners (PDF)
2014 winners (PDF)
2013 winners (PDF)
2012 winners (PDF)
2011 winners (PDF)
2010 winners (PDF)
2009 winners (PDF)
2008 winners (PDF)
2007 winners (PDF)