Simon Rogers (journalist)

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Simon Rogers
Born (1967-12-24) December 24, 1967 (age 56)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
  • Data journalist
  • Writer
  • Speaker

Simon Rogers is a data journalist and data journalism advocate who pioneered the use of a data blog for The Guardian in the early 2000s. He has been involved in data journalism since the mid-2000s. Rogers is one of the contributing authors to the Data Journalism Handbook and teaches data journalism at Medill-Northwestern University in San Francisco and has taught at University of California- Berkeley Journalism school.


After the Guardian, in 2013, Simon moved to Twitter, as its first data editor,[1] before moving again to Google in San Francisco where he works as the data editor for the Google News Initiative.

Rogers was data editor at The Guardian, which was one of the first news organizations to use the term data journalism in its use of computing and data in storytelling.[2] Previous iterations of using data in journalism have been referred to as computer-assisted reporting, Precision Journalism, Power Reporting and Database Reporting.

His work with The Guardian's The Datastore and the Data Blog was honored at the Knight Batten awards for innovation in journalism, 2011.[3] Simon is author of Facts are Sacred: the Power of Data. He also has authored books on infographics for children from Candlewick. In 2012, Rogers predicted for The Guardian the future of data journalism: "Anyone can do it. is the new punk."[4] In 2014, Rogers published Facts are Sacred: the power of data[5] and The Guardian published an extract of the book.[6]

At Google, he has been a part of the Visualizing Data with Google project, which received an Information is Beautiful Award in 2017. Rogers' work has been featured by Information is Beautiful multiple times. He is one of the instructors of an online course in data journalism made available by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.[7] In 2017, Rogers spoke at the 12th Congress of Investigative Journalism about the importance of journalists learning to code.[8]

In 2019, Rogers predicted that data journalism was becoming a global field. He was one of a selected group of journalists asked by the Nieman Lab out of Harvard University to make predictions for journalism for the coming year.[9] Rogers' work was also cited[10] in a Columbia Journalism Report[11] about the ethics of AI and journalism. In 2020, Rogers helped launch the Sigma Awards,[12] a new data journalism competition. Since the Coronavirus outbreak in 2020, Rogers has tracked trends in Google related to the pandemic and been cited[13] and quoted in relation to those trends.


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