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Dataviz in the OJA 14 finalists

Some of the top data journalism projects of the year, competing in a final round

August 29, 2014

As we said earlier today, this week was particularly interesting for those working around interactive data visualization and data journalism, and one of the reasons was the announcement of the 2014 Online Journalism Awards (OJA) finalists.

For this 14th edition, the OJA categories were updated “to keep up with the rapidly evolving media industry with new data journalism and enhanced investigative awards. Ten of the awards now come with a total of $52,500 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, and The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.”

For those of you not familiar with it, the Online News Association is the world’s largest association of online journalists. ONA’s mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, bloggers, technologists, photographers, academics, students and others who produce and distribute news for digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the annual Online News Association annual conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards. These awards honor data journalism, visual digital storytelling, investigative journalism, public service, technical innovation, and general excellence.

In this post, we’ll share with you many of these journalism projects that made use of data visualization as a core component of the story – but you should definitively browse around the full list, well worth the time spent, even in projects in which data visualization wasn’t that much present. The winners will be announced at the 2014 ONA Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 27, in Chicago. And if you wan’t to remember last year’s awarded data journalism projects, just follow this link.

Click through the images to access the interactive versions.

In Flight | Kiln /The Guardian

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic In Flight
(image: Kiln/The Guardian)
Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic In Flight
(image: Kiln /The Guardian)

Rebuilding Haiti | The Pixel Hunt, The European Journalism Centre, Rue89

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Rebuilding Haiti
(image: The Pixel Hunt, The European Journalism Centre, Rue89)
Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Rebuilding Haiti
(image: The Pixel Hunt, The European Journalism Centre, Rue89)

Innocents Lost | Miami Herald

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Innocents Lost
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Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic 477 Children who will never grow up | Miami Herald
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Newton, one year after | MotherJones

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Newton One year after
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Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Newton, one year after
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A Short History of the Highrise | The New York Times

 Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic A Short History of the Highrise
(image: The New York Times)
Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic A Short History of the Highrise
(image: The New York Times)

The Lobotomy Files | The Wall Street Journal

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The Lobotomy Files
(image: The Wall Street Journal)
Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic The Lobotomy Files
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Segregation Now | ProPublica

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Earthquake Preparedness in Segregation Now | ProPublica
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Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Earthquake Preparedness in Segregation Now | ProPublica
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2013 Legislative Elections in Argentina | La Nación

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic 2013 Legislative Elections in Argentina
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Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic 2013 Legislative Elections in Argentina
(image: La Nación)

NYC 2013: The Race for Mayor | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Five Questions for the Mayoral Candidates | The New York Times
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Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Tracking the Mayoral Candidates Across New York City
(image: The New York Times)

DenseCity | NYCity News Service and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic DenseCity
(image: NYCity News Service and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism)
Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic DenseCity
(image: NYCity News Service and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism)

Opening and Reporting on Public Officials Salaries and Assets in Argentina | La Nación

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Opening and Reporting on Public Officials Salaries and Assets in Argentina
(image: La Nación)
Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Opening and Reporting on Public Officials Salaries and Assets in Argentina
(image: La Nación)

Hollow | Hollow Interactive

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Hollow
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Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Hollow
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Supplement Shell Game: The People Behind Risky Pills | USA Today

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Supplement Shell Game: The People Behind Risky Pills
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Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Supplement Shell Game: The People Behind Risky Pills
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Sochi 2014 | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Sochi Olympics
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Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Every Men’s Figure Skating Jump, on One Page
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Oso Landslide | The Seattle Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Oso Landslide
(image: The Seattle Times)
Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Oso Landslide
(image: The Seattle Times)

China’s Maritime Disputes | Council on Foreign Relations

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic InfoGuide: China’s Maritime Disputes
(image: Council on Foreign Relations)
Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic InfoGuide: China’s Maritime Disputes
(image: Council on Foreign Relations)

Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt | NPR

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt
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Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt
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Reshaping New York | The New York Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Reshaping New York
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artial screen capture of the interactive infographic Reshaping New York
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The ones that get away | USA Today

Partial screen capture of the interactive map The ones that get away
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Partial screen capture of the interactive map The ones that get away
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Proof: For Many Rape Victims in Maine, Justice Comes Only From Being Believed | BDN Maine

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Proof: For Many Rape Victims in Maine, Justice Comes Only From Being Believed
(image: BDN Maine)
Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Proof: For Many Rape Victims in Maine, Justice Comes Only From Being Believed
(image: BDN Maine)

Refuge: 18 Stories of the Syrian Exodus | The Washington Post

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Refuge: 18 Stories of the Syrian Exodus
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Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Refuge: 18 Stories of the Syrian Exodus
(image: The Washington Post)

Sex Predators Unleashed | South Florida Sun Sentinel

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Sex Predators Unleashed
(image: South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Sex Predators Unleashed
(image: South Florida Sun Sentinel)

News 21: Back Home | Carnegie-Knight News21, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University

 Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic News 21: Back Home

(image: Carnegie-Knight News21, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University)
 Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic News 21: Back Home

(image: Carnegie-Knight News21, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University)

Cell-phone Snooping by Local Law Enforcement | USA Today

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Cell-phone Snooping by Local Law Enforcement
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Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Cell-phone Snooping by Local Law Enforcement
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How Detroit Went Broke | Detroit Free Press

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic How Detroit Went Broke
(image: Detroit Free Press)
Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic How Detroit Went Broke
(image: Detroit Free Press)

I Spy, you spy | Al Jazeera America

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic I Spy, you spy | Al Jazeera America
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Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic I Spy, you spy | Al Jazeera America
(image: Al Jazeera America)

China Leaks | The Center for Public Integrity’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic China Leaks
(image: The Center for Public Integrity’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists)
Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic map Offshore Leaks
(image: The Center for Public Integrity’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists)

Overdose: Use Only as Directed | ProPublica

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Overdose: Use Only as Directed
(image: ProPublica)

Homes for The Taking: Liens, Loss and Profiteers | The Washington Post

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Homes for The Taking: Liens, Loss and Profiteers
(image: The Washington Post)

Borderland | NPR and The Center for Investigative Reporting

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Borderland
(image: NPR and The Center for Investigative Reporting)

ER Wait Watcher | ProPublica

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic ER Wait Watcher
(image: ProPublica)

China’s Memory Hole: The Images Erased From Sina Weibo | ProPublica

Partial screen capture of the interactive graphic, China's Memory Hole: The Images Erased From Sina Weibo
(image: ProPublica)

World Chess Championship 2013 | VG

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic World Chess Championship 2013
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Boston’s Mayoral Race: Square by Square | WBUR

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Boston’s Mayoral Race: Square by Square | WBUR
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Earthquake Preparedness in Southern California | Los Angeles Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Earthquake Preparedness in Southern California
(image: Los Angeles Times)

31 Days, 31 Ways | Texas Tribune

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic 31 Days, 31 Ways | Texas Tribune
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Sea Change: The Pacific’s perilous turn | The Seattle Times

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Sea Change: The Pacific’s Perilous Turn
(image: The Seattle Times)

Deadly Delays | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Deadly Delays | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
(image: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

 

Like we said, there’s a lot more to explore in the 2014 ONA finalists, so make sure you check out all the projects. And good luck to the organizations and individuals running in the several categories, we’ll certainly highlight the winners here, in September.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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