Simon Rogers is a data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of ‘Facts are Sacred’, published by Faber & Faber and a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Data editor at Twitter, San Francisco. He is director of the Data Journalism Awards 2015 and will be teaching data journalism at U Cal Berkeley Journalism school from January 2015.
Simon edited and created guardian.co.uk/data, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them – and probably the world’s most popular data journalism website.
He has also been a news editor on the Guardian, working with the graphics team to visualise and interpret huge datasets.
In May 2013, he joined Twitter in San Francisco as the organisation’s first Data Editor working to tell stories from billions of tweets.
He was closely involved in the Guardian’s exercise to crowdsource 450,000 MP expenses records and the organisation’s coverage of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wikileaks war logs. He was also a key part of the Reading the Riots team which investigated the causes of the 2011 England disturbances.
Previously he was the launch editor of the Guardian’s online news service and has edited the paper’s science section. He has edited three Guardian books, including How Slow Can You Waterski and The Hutton Inquiry and its impact.
In 2012, Simon received the Royal Statistical Society’s award for statistical excellence in journalism (online category), having been commended by the Society in 2010.
His Factfile UK series of supplements won a silver at the Malofiej 2011 infographics award and the Datablog won the Newspaper Awards prize for Best Use of New Media, 2011.
In 2011, Simon was named Best UK Internet Journalist by the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University and won the inaugural XCity award from City University.
The Datastore was also honoured at:
Online Media Awards, 2012 (commendation)
Knight Batten awards for innovation in journalism, 2011
Technical innovation, Online Media Awards 2011
Best use of new media for Guardian Datablog, Newspaper Awards 2011
Simon is author of Facts are Sacred: the Power of Data (out on Kindle). And check out the hardback version from Faber & Faber, and this interactive version from iTunes. He is the author of a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick.