DEADLINE: February 1 2021
The Sigma Awards is a contest to applaud the best data journalism from around the world. Though this is its second year, it’s also here to designate, heighten and inspire the international community of data journalists.
This year, Sigma will like to focus their efforts on four main goals:
- To bring out the exceptionally promising data journalism being practised around the world, focusing extensively on those tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. A volume of compelling schemes has been released over the past few months in an attempt to tackle COVID-19 all over the world. We want to applaud these great efforts, share it with our community and get journalists to get inspired and learn from each other’s projects;
- To build a community that endures beyond the awards themselves;
- To set up webinars, chats and gather online resources tackling the real urgent issues met by journalists today.
- To use the awards as a way to unite, galvanise and expand data journalism communities around the world. Core to this project is The Sigma Awards team’s ambition to ignite collaborations and discussions between members of our community.
- A 5000 USD cash prize will also be split amongst the winners, who will also get a certificate suitable for framing.
- This year, Sigma will accept entries from all over the world! Entries in other languages than English are accepted, but you will have to translate as much as possible so that our pre-jury and jury can fully understand your work.
- Entries must be for work published in the calendar year 2020.
- Entries should be submitted via their online form.
- Entries must be received by February 1st, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET, to qualify.
- Applicants can enter as many projects as they want to the competition.
- Entries should specify if they qualify as a large or a small newsroom or as an individual, where applicable. Small newsrooms are defined as those with 35 or fewer journalists (including regular freelancers/contractors), or equivalent (eg, two half-time freelancers count as one person.)
- Organisations that do not qualify under this definition but who believe they belong in the small newsroom category may petition for an exception by sending a letter from the editor-in-chief explaining his or her rationale to Marianne Bouchart, executive director at email@example.com.
- Collaborative work should be entered as a large newsroom.
- Entering organisations grant The Sigma Awards the right to use their material in their entry, including the organisation’s name and logo, on The Sigma Awards website and other marketing material around the awards.
2020 has been a special year for all members of the data journalism community, and we expect to receive a large number of entries tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we’d like to specify that all data journalism projects, regardless of their topics, can be entered in the competition.
To apply and for more information visit here