Statistical excellence in journalism

The above photo shows John Burn-Murdoch of the Financial Times receiving the 'Data visualisation' award from RSS president Peter Diggle & Vice president for external affairs Jenny Freeman at the RSS 2016 awards ceremony.

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, the Guardian and 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. 

This year's awards are kindly sponsored by ESRC.


The categories for 2017 are as follows:

Explaining the Facts: recognising journalism that has dissected important statistics to make them more accessible and understandable to the wider public.
Investigative Journalism: recognising journalism that has used original research and analysis of data to uncover a story.
Regional Journalism: recognising the excellent use of data and promotion of the role of statistics in society in local or regional media.
Data Visualisation: recognising the use of creative visual representation to illustrate complex data.

The deadline has now passed for the 2017 Awards. Judging will be finalized in June with an awards ceremony taking place in the summer.

The winners in 2016

The winners for 2016 have been announced as follows:

Explaining the Facts Category
Alberto Nardelli, The Guardian
The government’s intention of reducing net migration to the “tens of thousands' is directly at odds with its fiscal target

Investigative Journalism Category
Tom Bateman, Today Programme, BBC Radio 4
2,000 schools ‘missing’ from exam help data

Regional Journalism Category
Kathryn Torney, The Detail
Abortion exported: the women travelling for terminations

Data Visualisation Category – winner
John Burn-Murdoch & Pilita Clark, Financial Times
Climate Change calculator

Data Visualisation Category - commendation
Mona Chalabi, Guardian USA

A list of the winners for all three Statistical Excellence Awards, along with full citations from the judges, is available to download (PDF). 

Previous award winners

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)