April 29, 2013 3:09 pm
Updated: October 16, 2013 8:47 pm

Globalnews.ca nominated for 2 international data journalism awards

OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.

AP Photo/Toby Talbot

TORONTO – Globalnews.ca has been nominated for two awards by the Global Editors Network (GEN), a non-profit association that champions innovation and information sharing in the newsroom.

This year the Data Journalism Awards, which celebrate outstanding work in data journalism, received over 300 applications from around the world.

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72 finalists have been shortlisted including two Global News investigations: “Gardiner Expressway – Trouble overhead”  and “Hooked: Canada’s pill problem.”

In December, a Global News investigation revealed thousands of documents detailing the state of Toronto’s aging Gardiner Expressway and the significant safety concerns associated with the highway.

In March, Globalnews.ca’s Investigative Data Desk explored Canada’s pill-popping problem, finding that despite government crackdowns on OxyContin, more powerful and less regulated opioids are filling the void, with fatal results.

The finalists will be judged by an international jury of data experts, including ProPublica’s Paul Steiger and The New York Times’ Aron Pilhofer.

This year GEN has introduced a Public Choice Award, where people can vote for their favourite data visualization.

Earlier this month, GlobalNews.ca reporter Leslie Young and Global Toronto reporter Jackson Proskow won the Dan McArthur Award and the Digital Media Award (central region) for the Gardiner Expressway  series.

Young and Proskow have also been nominated in the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) / Marketwire Data Journalism category for the Gardiner Expressway investigation.  The full list of nominees for CAJ awards can be found here.

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