Category: Best data-driven reporting (small and large newsrooms)
Organisation: La Montagne, Le Parisien, Ouest France, Le Progres, Le Telegramme, La voix du Nord, Sud Ouest
Organisation size: Big
Publication date: 30/07/2019
Credit: Cedric Motte (La Montagne), Frédéric Sallet (Sud Ouest)
I’m not sure about the category or even about the fact that I can entry the Sigma Awards, but here is the story.
We, at La Montagne, have created a consortium of data journalists from more than 20 newsroom of local dailies in France : La Montagne, Sud Ouest, Le Parisien, Le Telegramme, Ouest France, La Voix du Nord…
. january 2018, first story about parking fines. We have collected pricing decisions for each town and created a shared spreadsheet to be able for each newsroom to compare the prices for each town of France.
–> the ministry of transportation ask us if we could give them our spreadsheet…
. winter 2019-2020 : we began a huge investigation in november wich as made the front pages of more than 10 dailies newspaper about transparency into the public medical system.
–> since this investigation several hospitals have created a deontology comittee, several doctors who haven’t declared the right amount received from pharmaticals have resigned…
More than 30 data journalists are working together for these stories.
We’re using two tools : slack for the conversation / organisation and Google Docs for shared docs.
What was the hardest part of this project?
This is a unique collaboration effort : there is no other group like that in France (in Europe ?) that put all the “old” newspapers into a common work.
What can others learn from this project?
Working together is a major way to have an impact.