Sigma Awards Will Airlifts Data Journalists to Italy Next Year

The 2023 Sigma Awards and conference is scheduled to hold in Perugia, Italy and the organisation says data journalists would be sponsored to attend the event.

Sigma Awards celebrate the best data journalism from around the world to empower, elevate and enlighten the global community of data journalists. This year’s edition would highlight excellent works done about challenges bedevilling the contemporary world.

Significantly, it targets journalistic works focusing on COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war.

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“We want to celebrate that great work, share it with our community, and get journalists to get inspired and learn from each other’s successes,” said the organisers. “The international data journalism community is facing many challenges, and we want to support them. This year’s Sigma Awards will be about highlighting the very best data journalism done about the pandemic (and building an international database record of such projects), the Russia-Ukraine war, and also those covering other topics such as politics, sports, or the environment.”

“We want to bring together a community, and support those working with data, whether it’s on COVID-19 or international conflicts — because that’s one of the priorities for our community at the moment — or on any other subject,” it added.

Sigma Awards are initiated to unite, galvanize and expand data journalism communities where the awards team would ignite collaborations and discussions between members of the communities on topical issues.

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Winners would be flown to Perugia in Italy to attend and take part in the 2023 International Journalism Festival and lead panel discussions as well as take part in different sessions. In addition, the winning applicant will be brought together to participate in and lead online data journalism panels, discussions and workshops.

They will not only learn from each other but will be reaching out to the broader community of data journalists and would-be data journalists, building relationships that will help spark better collaborations and work around the world.

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A US$5,000 cash prize will be split among winners who will also get a certificate suitable for framing at the end of the sessions.

“We want to be able to reward your great work in the best way possible. So the jury members will decide on the best work overall and come to a consensus on how to divide the US$5,000 cash prize”, Sigma Awards noted


Entries for the 2023 Sigma Award competition are now open and you have until January 19 2023 to apply. Applicants are required to submit their works by filling out an online form that the Jury and Prize Committee of international experts will assess them.


A participant would be considered for a portfolio or a Young Talent prize when he specifies it and includes no more than 10 examples of work, which are to be added via the link section of the online form.

The applicant is similarly required to share more than a description of his work, but also about the technologies used, the impact reached, the challenges encountered, and more.

Last year Sigma Award received 603 entries from 379 organizations all over the world, representing the work of hundreds of data journalists done throughout the year 2021.

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From the top 100 projects submitted to the competition in the Sigma 2022 shortlist, 12 applicants were named winners.

The Sigma Awards competition was created in 2019 by Aron Pilhofer (Temple University) and Gina Chua (formerly Reginald Chua, Reuters), with support from Simon Rogers (Google), Marianne Bouchart (HEI-DA), and Kuek Ser Kuang Keng (HEI-DA). It is supported by the Google News Initiative among other sponsors.

Interested applicants can click here.


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