Royal Statistical Society co-sponsors Wincott’s first data journalism award

by damian

The Wincott Foundation is delighted to announce that The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is to co-sponsor its new award – Data Journalism of the Year.

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

The RSS, founded in 1834, is a world-leading advocate for the key role statistics and data play in ensuring sound policy formulation and good decision making.

Stian Westlake, chief executive of the RSS, said: “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.

“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, chair of 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.

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