Director of the Local Data Lab
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

"I am looking forward to seeing journalism that is both principled and innovative. Most importantly, I hope to see bold work that pushes the boundaries of our industry and inspires new methods for 2017 and beyond."

Megan Lucero is the newly appointed Director of the Data Lab at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. She was formerly the Data Journalism Editor at The Times and Sunday Times until December 2016. Megan was part of the Times's first data journalism team and led its development from a small supporting unit to a key component of news investigations. Her team’s data mining and analysis revealed the widespread use of blood doping in athletics (an award-winning investigation), six-figure pay deals given to charity executives, £2.4 billion in contracts GPs awarded to their own companies and the billions of pounds consultancies were given from the UK foreign aid budget. She also spearheaded The Times’s political data unit ahead of the 2015 General Election - making it the only one in the industry to reject polling data ahead of the election. Her work leading a computational investigative team has been recognised by the Royal Statistical Society, Global Editor's Network, Online Media Awards and British Journalism Awards. She is also one of the authors published in Data Journalism: Inside the global future.

Judging panel

Anna Bassi

Editor, The Week Junior

Anna Watkins

Chief Executive

Ashley Highfield

Johnston Press

Bill Hagerty

British Journalism Review

Chris Russell


Conor McNicholas


Dietmar Schantin

Institute for Media Strategies

Esra Dogramaci

Senior Editor, Digital
Deutsche Welle

Ian Burrell

Media journalist and consultant.

Iain Hepburn

Development journalist
BBC Sport Online

James Martin

Executive editor
The Huffington Post UK

Jo Morrell

Managing Editor
The Telegraph

Jon Snow

Channel 4 News

Kate Ward

Vice President of International

Keith Walker

Digital Director, Innovation
Time Inc. UK

Kevin O'Byrne

Creative Solutions Director
Time Out

Laura Swinton

Global editor
Little Black Book

Liz Vercoe

Editor and journalist

Maggie Hitchins

Digital editor-in-chief

Megan Lucero

Director of the Local Data Lab
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Neil Hunter

Assistant Digital Editor (Operations)

Nick Creed

The Drum

Patrick Falconer

Managing Director -United Kingdom
The New York Times

Paul Hood

Head of Digital – Technology Division

Peter Clifton

Press Association

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones Reports LLC

Seb Joseph

News Editor
The Drum

Yasir Khan

Digital Editor