London Students win ONS-sponsored data journalism internships at the BBC


Two City, University of London students have been awarded data journalism internships by the BBC after winning a national competition sponsored by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The two, Alexandra Ma and Ryan Watts, are both on the MA Interactive Journalism course at City.

Alexandra is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in the US, and worked for one year at The Huffington Post’s world news desk in New York before studying at City. Her work for the BBC includes articles on the longest delays at UK airports and the number of English beaches with lifeguards.

Ryan is originally from Aylesbury. He studied Politics at the University of Warwick before undertaking his Masters at City.

The pair won two of the six awards offered by the ONS to journalism students across the UK. The internships are designed to encourage the development of data journalism skills and the use of open data held by the ONS. Students spend a month on the BBC data desk developing news and stories from data sources.