The first edition of the Sigma Awards 2020 for stellar data journalism work is now accepting application until February 3, 2020.

Launched by Aron Pilhofer from Temple University and Reginald Chua from Reuters with support from Google’s Simon Rogers and HEI-DA’s Marianne Bouchart, the Sigma Awards is an alternative for the now discontinued Data Journalism Award (DJA).

In its first edition, the Sigma Awards will choose nine winners for six categories including best data-driven reporting (small and large newsrooms), best visualization (small and large newsrooms), innovation (small and large newsrooms), young journalist, open data and best news application. The awardees will be given a trophy and receive an all-expenses-covered trip to Perugia, Italy for up to two people from their team to attend the International Journalism Festival 2020 on April 1 to 5 April 2020.

According to Datajournalism.com, the aim of the Sigma Awards is to “…bring the data journalists from around the world together to share expertise and ideas, inspire each other, and build a community that endures beyond the awards themselves.”

This award is a great opportunity to feature the best data journalism work from around the world, tailor programs and resources for people in and out of the data journalism community, as well as strengthen the international data journalism communities.

Unlike other international awards,Sigma Awards accepts Arabic stories, so long as the application form is filled in English.

The first edition of the awards sees the participation of two Arab jurists, InfoTimes’ founder Amr Eleraqi, and digital strategist and editor Esra Dogramaci, among 20 other international jury members.

Created by Global Editors Network(GEN), DJAs began in 2012 as the first international awards to celebrate data-driven storytelling and served as a platform to recognize exceptional data journalists from across the world.

Founded in 2012, InfoTimes, the first data journalism platform in Egypt and a pioneer in the field, is a recipient of 2018 GEN Best Small Team in Data Journalism Award

Unfortunately, due to limited feasibility, the DJAs was discontinued as of last November. At the beginning of this year. Google News Initiative announced that it will sponsor the Sigma Awards hosted by European Journalism Centre’s Datajournalism.com, which will be substituting DJAs.




Prior to joining Infotimes, Nour has worked as a multimedia reporter and video producer for several media platforms including Egypt Today, Business Forward and Egyptian Streets. She graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 2017 with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications and a minor in Business Administration.

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