The Sigma Awards 2022

A bit more about us

The Sigma Awards is a competition to celebrate the best data journalism from around the world. Striding into its third year, it’s also here to empower, elevate and enlighten the global community of data journalists.

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), but 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 — because that’s one of the priorities for our community at the moment — or on any other subject.

The 2021 edition of The Sigma Awards received 545 entries from 267 organizations in 68 countries/areas.

This year, we’d like to focus our efforts on four main goals:

  • To highlight the very best data journalism being done around the world, putting a real focus on those tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. A multitude of compelling projects tackling COVID-19 have been released over the past few months, in all regions of the world. We want to celebrate that great work, 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
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  • 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.

To that end, winners 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.
A 5000 USD cash prize will also be split amongst the winners, who will also get a certificate suitable for framing.

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.

Meet The Sigma Awards Team

Aron Pilhofer (Temple University), Co-chair
Gina Chua (formerly Reginald Chua, Reuters), Co-chair
Simon Rogers (Google), Managing Director
Marianne Bouchart (HEI-DA), Executive Director
Kuek Ser Kuang Keng (HEI-DA), Competition Officer