Stora Journalistpriset to SvD and Aftonbladet

Svenska Dagbladet and Aftonbladet won three of the four Grand Journalism Prizes (Stora Journalistpriset) presented in Stockholm on Thursday evening.

“I congratulate all our winners on their fantastic achievements. To win three of four awards in such a tough and prestigious competition is nothing short of impressive. It is also a clear statement on the quality of our journalism both in SvD and Aftonbladet,” said CEO Rolv Erik Ryssdal in Schibsted Media Group.

Two prizes to SvD

SvD´s Inger Atterstam won Lukas Bonnier’s Grand Journalism Prize 2012, an award that aims to promote broad and investigative journalism.

Inger Atterstam, SvD's medical reporter for thirty years, won the Lukas Bonnier’s Grand Journalism Prize, the most prestigious award a Swedish journalist can receive, for her long service to journalism.

Thirty years ago Atterstam was the first journalist to write about the aids epidemic in the Swedish press. She has revealed the Nobel Prize for medicine, reported from wars and catastrophes, provided reassurance during the pandemic scandals, and focused her ethical spotlight on medical research.

Constantly inquisitive, fearless, and knowledgeable:

"What have I enjoyed most? Having the opportunity to learn something new every day and then conveying it to our readers," says Atterstam.

Lukas Bonnier’s Grand Journalism Prize was established in 1992 to promote long and continuous journalistic achievement. It is considered a great honour to receive this award.

"She is a worthy winner. Inger Atterstam has left a deep mark on Swedish journalism due to her courage, her knowledge, her commitment, and her sharp eye. Her long-time coverage of medical and health issues is unparalleled. She has made highly complex topics understandable, and thanks to her sound knowledge she has challenged both common perceptions and the industry, says Lena K Samuelsson, Svenska Dagbladet's Editor-in-Chief.

Most innovative

Lena K Samuelsson had more reason to be proud when SvD walked off with the prize for most innovative journalism for their ground-breaking map of interest rates.

HERE IS SvD's successful Räntekartan (Interest Rate Map)

Räntekartan is a digital tool on SvD's business news site where readers can easily compare the interest rates they are paying with those of their neighbours. More than 32,000 readers fed their details into the map and many have since used the comparisons to negotiate more favourable terms with their banks.

The six SvD employees who worked most on the interest rate map project represent the different specialist fields that were needed to create it: reporters Carolina Neurath and Jan Almgren, database editor Peter Grensund, web editor Mark Malmström, development editor Ola Henriksson and SvD Näringsliv's business editor Olle Zachrison. Many other SvD employees also contributed to the project.

The citation reads:

"With the help of tens of thousands of readers, they have developed consumer journalism. Their coverage has exposed injustices and given readers new opportunities to exert influence."

"We are absolutely delighted about the award and that with the help of our readers we managed to create a tool that has really helped people. Modern journalism is created through interacting with different channels such as web, print, and mobile, and we have a lot of new and exciting projects in the pipeline," said a delighted Olle Zachrison.

This was the third prize the interest rate map project has won this autumn. It has already won the Newspaper of the Year's innovation award, presented by the Swedish Media Publishers' Association and the media trade newspaper Medievärlden, and the Årets Medieorm, Radio Sweden's award for innovative journalism.

"It's incredibly pleasing that SvD Näringsliv has now also won this prize for the interest rate map. They have succeeded both in innovating journalism and in developing it together with the readers," says Lena K Samuelsson.

Aftonbladet: Storyteller of the Year

Carina Bergfeldt won the category Årets berättare (Storyteller of the Year) for her coverage of Norway a year after the tragic events on Utøya Island. "The day we will never forget: The massacre on Utøya" is a 16-page story Carina wrote after travelling around Norway and meeting survivors of the terrorist attack on Utøya. Her report recounts their experiences of events from 22 July and afterwards.

"A story that grips you"

The jury's citation reads as follows:

"From thousands of loose threads she weaves an intricate and vivid story that grips you and refuses to let go."

Bergfeldt hasn't given Breivik a thought lately.

"I saw a picture of the perpetrator a while back and realized that I hadn't given him a thought."

Published: 11/23/2012 9:31 AM
Last updated: 11/23/2012 9:33 AM