J++ Stockholm is shortlisted in no less than three categories, for the Data Journalism Awards 2018. The three categories are Best data journalism team – small, innovation in data journalism (for Newsworthy), and data visualisation of the year (for BB-resan, with Ottar).
Newsworthy (innovation in data journalism) is a news service that finds newsleads in large amounts of statistical data, launched in fall 2017, and developed by journalists Jens Finnäs and Leo Wallentin at J++, and statistician Måns Magnusson at the Linköping University. Among the competing media houses of that category are some giants like BuzzFeed, Der Spiegel, and Die Zeit.
BB-resan (data visualisation of the year) used current and historical population grids to calculate the average distance to the nearest labour ward for citizens in each Swedish municipality, now and in the past, to show how the distances have increased, and how many more people have gotten 100 kilometers or more to travel to give birth. Together with Ottar we explored ways to present geo-data without using maps.
The last time the J++ network saw a Data Journalism Awards shortlisting was in 2014, when J++ received an award for The Migrants' Files.
The number of submitted applications was the highest since Data Journalism Awards launched in 2012. Winners will be announced at May 31, during the Global Editors Network summit in Lisbon.