19 February 2018: FT Interactive data journalist, John Burn-Murdoch, and Nikkei’s Nobutaka Hiramoto have been named the 2018 Nikkei-FT fellows.
They were selected by an independent panel of judges and will work together on a joint digital journalism project in the FT’s San Francisco bureau and the Nikkei bureau in Palo Alto. The fellowship is awarded annually to two journalists, one from each media organisation.
FT editor, Lionel Barber, said: “Over the past few years, John has been at the forefront of transforming our data journalism offering. His work informs our digital storytelling strategy and demonstrates how data can enhance our reporting.”
Burn-Murdoch was recognised at the 2017 Global Editors Network awards and was honoured alongside business columnist Pilita Clark at the 2016 Royal Statistical Society awards for the Climate Change Calculator. He and his team were also shortlisted for the 2016 Orwell Prize for their piece on Britain’s Austerity State.
Last year, the FT’s head of digital delivery, Robin Kwong, participated in the first Nikkei-FT fellowship programme in San Francisco. He explored a number of topics including interactivity and VR, emotional storytelling and the role of gamification in journalism. Kwong created the highly acclaimed Uber Game which was honoured in the Experimental Design category at The Society for News Design awards earlier this month.
The fellowship encourages further collaboration between Nikkei and the FT, which already includes an established exchange programme between the two newsrooms, joint commercial and technology initiatives, and a series of global events.
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