Mother Jones Wins Inaugural International Data Journalism Award

[Source: Mother Jones, June 3, 2012]

Mother Jones won the first international Data Journalism Award, in a field that included the Wall Street Journal, the UK Financial Times, Spain's El Mundo, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and NPR with the Center for Public Integrity. The award competition is sponsored by the Global Editors Network, the European Journalism Center and Google, and received well over 300 applications for 6 categories (Mother Jones won in the "National/International Data-driven Investigations" group).

The award was for the investigative project "Terrorists for the FBI," produced in collaboration with UC Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Project. In awarding the prize to Mother Jones and IRP, the jury noted that it was "by far, the best investigative piece out of the nine proposals selected:
"It shows the significant effort required to gather large amounts of data, analyse it, and deeply investigate the individual cases. The analysis discovered a clear pattern on how the FBI generated terrorist plots from sting operations. The investigation proves that conclusion, not only with numbers, but also with in depth analysis and reporting on the field."
Here's a quick video that describes how this project was made, and the work that goes into investigative journalism of this caliber.