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The awards, in their first year, are run by the Global Editors Network and supported by Google

UK news outlets including the BBC, Guardian, Financial Times, Economist, Wales Online and The Detail have been nominated for the Data Journalism Awards, which are in their first year.

A total of 58 projects from across the world have been nominated by a pre-jury from more than 300 applications entered for the awards, which are being run by the Global Editors Network (GEN) and are supported by Google.

The awards, which are being run in collaboration with the European Journalism Centre, offer a total prize fund of €45,000 (£37,600) across three main categories, with separate awards for national/international and local/regional projects, meaning six prizes are available in total.

The BBC has six projects nominated for the awards. In the data-driven applications category these include its student finance calculator and budget calculator, as well as its 'Where are you on the global pay scale' feature.

The Guardian's 'Riot rumours' feature, which showed "how misinformation spread on Twitter during a time of crisis" has been nominated for the data visualisation and storytelling category for national and international nominees.

In the same category the Guardian is up against three other UK projects, including two projects by BBC News, "Every death on every road in Great Britain 1999-2010" and "Phone-hacking scandal: Who's linked to who?", as well as the Economist's "Country equivalents" interactive. There are five other projects nominated within the category.

UK news outlets were also nominated within local/regional categories, including Wales Online which saw its "Empty homes" feature nominated in the data visualisation and storytelling category, and its "CCTV in Welsh Schools" feature within the data-driven investigation category.

In the latter category Wales Online is nominated alongside two other UK entries, the BBC for "Serious untoward incidents" and The Detail for "How quickly did help arrive where you live?".

Award organisers said in a release that applications were received from 60 countries for the awards, with entries ranging "from major media groups to regional newspapers, press associations, research groups and entrepreneurial journalists".

The categories for the six prizes, each offering a 7,000 prize (£6,300) for the winner, are listed below:
  1. Data-driven investigative journalism, national/international
  2. Data-driven investigative journalism, local/regional
  3. Data visualisation & storytelling, national/international
  4. Data visualisation & storytelling, local/regional
  5. Data-driven applications, national/international
  6. Data-driven applications, local/regional
The winners of the awards will be announced at GEN's next news summit, which is due to take place in Paris in May.

The jury includes representatives from the New York Times and Les Echos, and will be chaired by founder of ProPublica Paul Steiger.

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