Individual portfolio: Nick Evershed

Individual portfolio: Nick Evershed

Organisation: The Guardian (Australia) (Australia)

Publication Date: 04/04/2017


Size of team/newsroom:large


Nick Evershed is the data and interactives editor at the Guardian's Australian website. He works with a small team of reporters, editors, and a developer to produce innovative data journalism, from in depth investigations to personalised, interactive explanatory projects. Over the past year he has worked as a key member of the Nauru Files team, producing a groundbreaking, data-driven investigation into Australia's offshore immigration detention network, highlighting the scale of alleged abusive incidents within the secretive Nauru detention centre. Other data-driven investigations examine the role of clandestine companies known as "associated entities" in funnelling money to Australian political parties, and the amount and frequency of online abuse directed at politicians. Nick's work spans a broad range, with analysis and visualisation used to provide insight into modern Australian culture, such as revealing the most popular dog names by breed, and examining how "mainstream" the popular Hottest 100 music poll has become. A list of ten selected projects is here:

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

Nick's work combines all aspects of data journalism, with a focus on innovative visualisation techniques and thorough investigations. The Nauru Files revelations sparked a wave of protests, including readings from the files outside the Australian high commission in London. Among the immediate responses were more than 100 former staff speaking out about the immigration detention system, a parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s response to allegations of abuse and assault inside the Nauru detention centre, a private member's bill from Labor to introduce a children’s advocate at the centre and renewed attention from the royal commission into child abuse into Australia’s immigration detention system. Other pieces of work have been widely shared and praised for increasing political transparency in Australia, and using data visualisation and analysis to reveal previously unknown aspects of Australian life.

Technologies used for this project:

Python, Javascript
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