The winners of Schibsted Journalism Awards 2011



Aftenposten, Bergens Tidende and Aftonbladet are the winners of Schibsted Journalism Awards 2011.

On June 9 Schibsted Journalism Awards was arranged for the fourth time. Journalists and editors were present to honor exemplary journalism in text, photo, audio or live images produced in all of Schibsted Media Group's media houses. In each of the three categories “Best Storytelling”, “Best Innovative Entry” and “Best Scoop” the winners were honored with NOK 200,000.

- It’s great to see how Schibsted Media Group’s media houses are setting the news agenda, both on an international, national and local level. Both the winners as well as the rest of the nominated entries are great proof of the outstanding and creative journalism that our media houses are producing, says CEO Rolv Erik Ryssdal.

Best Scoop

Norwegian daily Aftenposten won the award for ”Best Scoop” for “The Coverage of the International Embassy Cables (The Wikileaks Documents)” by Per Anders Johansen, Jan Gunnar Furuly, Alf Endre Magnussen, Tron Strand, Lars Inge Staveland, Kristoffer Rønneberg, Andreas Bakke Foss, Atle Brunvoll, Erik Wallem Fossan and Tone Tveøy Strøm-Gundersen (picture above).

The Jury said:

Wikileaks was the big story of last year, and Aftenposten worked with the material in a way which was unique, not only in Norway, but globally. The first to obtain the entire 250,000 documents of the Wikileaks log, Aftenposten intelligently worked through material which had overwhelmed its larger international rivals. By inviting readers to join in, and through collaboration with other newspapers, they broke stories with big implications at home, and vast repercussions in the international arena.

The other two final nominees in this category were:

- 20 Minutos and 20minutos.es (Spain) with the entry “Female Inmates Sexually Abused by Prison Officers” by David Fernández.

The Jury said:

This scoop of the sexual abuse of female inmates by prison officers was one of the biggest news events in Spain 2010. In order to uncover the scandal the newspaper had to work against a political system which did its best to keep the dirty secret in the shade. Using traditional methods of great contacts and winning over the trust of its subjects, the newspaper brought the truth to light. It gave life to a story in which the victims would otherwise have been denied a voice.

- Postimees (Estonia) with the entry “The Shady Negotiations of Savisaar” by Tuuli Koch.

The Jury said:

Postimees uncovered the biggest political scoop in Estonia last year. Edgar Saavisaar’s clandestine connections with Russian state officials posed a threat to national security. Postimees achieved the hallmark of a scoop by uncovering a political scandal which those involved had intended to keep hidden. By exposing the facts, its readers were told the reality behind the murky world of secrets.

Best Storytelling

 Aftonbladet from Sweden won the award for “Best Storytelling” for the story “Fighting for the Right to Die” by Staffan Lindberg and Urban Andersson.

 The Jury said:

The reporters closely followed the last six weeks of 26 year old Candrah Lövgren as she fought for the right to end her own life. Even though her story seems like a tragedy, it is reflected through an optimistic lens with a lot of respect. The vivid description of Candrah’s final weeks is driven by the subject herself, never losing its narrative. Combined with a high quality television documentary, it began a national discussion about the complicated question of life and death.

The other two final nominees in this category were:

- A-magasinet (Norway) with the entry “The Bureaucrats in Belgium” by Halvor Hegtun and Paul Audnestad.

The Jury said:

As a non-EU-member, Norway can seem far off both geographically and mentally from the institutions of Brussels. And yet, it appears, the EU has a surprisingly powerful influence. The story is a profile of a bureaucratic monolith, told in a very human way. Written with a dry wit and impressive flair, it gives the subject rare life and colour. The great photos and captions were particularly impressing.

 

- VG (Norway) with the entry “The Dissapearance of Jarle” by Espen Rasmussen and Ronny Berg.

The Jury said:

Jarle was one of the 3,000 Norwegians who go missing every year. By focusing on one of their stories, the author highlighted the plight of all of those who are lost. The story starts off as a puzzle and rolls out in a beautifully written piece impossible to put down. The use of interactive maps and images make the story even richer. And by publishing online, the story came to an unexpected conclusion – providing closure and ultimately peace for Jarle’s family.

Best Innovative Entry

 Regional newspaper Bergens Tidende from Norway won the award for “Best Innovative Entry” for the story “Death on the Roads” by Erlend Langeland Haugen, Øyvind Lefdal Eidsvik, Sonja Ystaas, Lasse Lambrechts, Håvard Festad and Tove Knutsen.

The Jury said:

This is database journalism at its best, creating an important story about carnage on the roads which might otherwise have been reduced to plain statistics. The story grew when readers were invited to participate by adding their insight and experience on a local level. Its relevance was highlighted by the use of interactive tools and the story also translated in an engaging way when it was brought back to the paper.

The other two final nominees in this category were:

 - Aftonbladet (Sweden) with the entry “Livelöpet” – Repositioning an Award and Strengthening Relationship with the Live Music Scene” by Marie Kry, Nils Franchell, Frida Fager, Tobias Lidner, Klas Lindberg and Vesolios Hatciliamis.

The Jury said:

Aftonbladet transformed the world of rock journalism when it launched the online, live concert Livelöpet. It reached out to a new audience through all its own platforms, and also through Facebook, Twitter and blogs. An incredible 44,000 digital tickets to the concerts were booked, inspiring 2.4 million live interactions. This innovation had never been seen before, and by bridging the reader’s music interest with digital interaction, Aftonbladet found a new approach to journalism.

 

- VG Nett – vg.no (Norway) with the entry “Hitch Hiking Service that Saved the Day for “Ash Stranded” Travelers” by Dan Kåre Engebretsen, Tom Byermoen and Magne Antonsen.

The Jury said:

In April 2010, a volcanic ash cloud stranded people all over the world. By connecting readers with others to help them get back home, VG Nett’s Hajkesentralen acted quickly to perform a high level of journalism-as-service to its readers. It illustrates how the relationship between readers and newspaper has changed and that it doesn’t take vast resources to create something of great importance to the reader. All you need is a good idea.