Statistical excellence in journalism

The above photo shows Daniel Dunford of the BBC News team, Thomas Forth of ODI Leeds and Ruth Green of the BBC Yorkshire Impact Team receiving their award from RSS Vice president for external affairs, Dr Jennifer Rogers at the 2018 awards ceremony.

We are now accepting entries for the 2019 Awards

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.

Dr Jen Rogers, Vice-President, Royal Statistical Society: “Once again I am delighted to be announcing the launch of the RSS Excellence in Journalism Awards. In an era of fake news, I don’t think that there’s ever been a better time to commend those journalists who are championing statistics and promoting the importance of evidence-based news. I am always impressed by the standard of entries we receive. If you have seen, or have done, a particularly impressive piece of work then please do submit it for consideration.”

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


Entries will be expected to show integrity in their presentation, explanation and use of statistics – avoiding distortion and highlighting the extent of uncertainties.

Please note we can only accept submissions for work completed in 2018.

The awards are open to all journalists (print, online and broadcast), including those based outside the UK. All entries will be judged equally and each journalist may submit a maximum of three entries.

Download full details of the criteria here


The categories for 2019 are as follows:

  • Data visualisation – stories which include data visualisation to aid explanation of the statistics being presented
  • Explaining the facts – stories which take a current issue or statistic already published and enable greater public understanding through effective explanation.
  • Investigative journalism – stories which include previously unpublished statistics either through unpublished data that have been sourced and analysed by the journalist or new analyses of existing data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 – 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

The deadline for entries is midnight of 16 March 2019

Download the entry form

Judging will be finalized in June with an awards ceremony taking place at the RSS London this in July 2019.

The winners in 2018

Explaining the Facts

Data Visualisation

Investigative Journalism

Regional Journalism

Read more about the 2018 winners on our news site StatsLife.

The 2018 awards were kindly sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Previous award winners

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)