More or Less wins the Royal Statistical Society award for excellence in broadcast journalism

4th September, 2013

I’m delighted about this:

The winners of the 2013 awards for statistical excellence in journalism have been announced. Journalists at The Times, The Detail and BBC Radio 4 have been commended for their work. The awards, now in their seventh year, are made in three categories – print, broadcast and online – and recognise work first published or broadcast in the preceding calendar year.

…In the broadcast category, BBC Radio 4’s “More or Less” programme presented by Tim Harford is the winner. The judges considered this to be a really informative exploration of the contentious issue of waiting times at UK borders during the Olympics and the contrasting estimates of different agencies. They particularly highlighted how choice of data can have a big impact on the story that is told.

It’s the fourth year in succession that the More or Less team has been commended by the Royal Statistical Society for its excellence in journalism. We won outright this year and in 2010. Very chuffed for the team.

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