2023 Data Reporting & Visualization (All Newsroom Sizes) Finalists

See finalists listed in alphabetical order.

Maddie Hanna, Kasturi Pananjady & Jasen Lo

The Philadelphia Inquirer

See How Much Money Your School District Has for Students

Comments From the Judges:

“Well, making the text interactive was cool. Dang, that interactive piece with ‘your school district’ was awesome. This was sort of like an interactive book. Great idea with powerful programming to make it fun. This was the best implementation of numbers I’ve seen in a while.”

“The interactive data is excellent. I love that story allows for real time comparisons and the use of two schools as the baselines is very smart and effective. Also, [I] thought the addition of explainers throughout the article makes it easier for readers to understand all the [nuances]. Fantastic job!”

Sarah Karp, Nader Issa,  Lauren FitzPatrick, Alden Loury, Jesse Howe & Kate Grossman

WBEZ & Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago’s 50 Closed Schools

Comments From the Judges:

“This is really clever – following kids 10 years after their schools closed. Used a lot of different data and [documents] as sources. Great storytelling and visuals too. This report is also an important reminder that as journalists, we should hold government agencies accountable when they make promises – go back and see if those promises were kept.”

“The reporting was very thorough. I loved how the stories incorporated the data visualization (especially the visualization at the top of the second story) and included audio snippets of the people interviewed.”

Nic Querolo, Danielle Moran & Marie Patino

Bloomberg News

The Economics of Small US Colleges Are Faltering 

Comments From the Judges:

“Smart analysis. I love how the reporters took publicly available statistics and came up with a methodology to determine which small schools are in financial danger. It seems like there’s so much reporting on Ivy League schools and their cousins; it’s nice to see a major media outlet remind us there are other colleges out there facing challenges.”

“The analysis using multiple flags to point to at-risk colleges and universities is effective and clear and well done. The graphics are telling, and lists are comprehensive and valuable context.”