Published 2023-11-03

Schibsted’s media houses dominate Stora Journalistpriset

Schibsted’s Swedish media houses dominate this year’s nominations for Stora Journalistpriset. Every third nomination, four out of twelve, comes either from Aftonbladet or Svenska Dagbladet.

SvD's Adam Svanell, Jan Almgren, Madelaine Levy and Lisa Irenius. Photo: Joakim Ståhl SvD's Adam Svanell, Jan Almgren, Madelaine Levy and Lisa Irenius. Photo: Joakim Ståhl

“I am incredibly proud of the journalism created by our newsrooms, these four nominations are proof that our journalism makes a difference,” says Siv Juvik Tveitnes, EVP, Schibsted News Media.

Disclosure of the Year, Storyteller of the Year, Voice of the Year and Innovator of the Year. Schibsted’s Swedish media houses are nominated in all four categories for the Stora Journalistpriset 2023 – Sweden’s most prestigious award for journalism.

“It’s incredibly exciting. Both for the media houses, but, of course, also for the star employees who are highlighted in the nominations. As a media leader, I am both happy and proud. It’s also great to see so many strong examples among the other nominees of truly excellent journalism, perhaps it has never been more important than now,” says Siv Juvik Tveitnes.

Disclosure of the Year – Aftonbladet’s H&M Investigation 

In the category of Disclosure of the Year, reporter Staffan Lindberg and photographer Magnus Wennman are nominated for their investigation into how the clothes collected by the fashion group H&M from its customers are actually sent to poor countries in the third world, where they risk being dumped or burned uncontrollably. 

The jury’s motivation: “With a clever method, a mountain of lies behind the Swedish clothing giant’s green facade is revealed.”

This is fun and an honour, of course! It can be incredibly difficult to get the public to care about climate journalism. It’s easier to close your eyes. The impact that this story has had is huge and important. Our storytelling is about finding ways to get people to understand and take it in, and here we have succeeded,” says Magnus Wennmann.

In a time of escalating climate crisis, journalism fulfils a super important role, both to increase people’s awareness and to expose greenwashing and hold those responsible accountable,” says Staffan Lindberg.

Photographer Magnus Wennman and reporter Staffan Lindberg. Photo: Aftonbladet

Photographer Magnus Wennman and reporter Staffan Lindberg. Photo: Aftonbladet

Storyteller of the Year – Svenska Dagbladet’s Podcast Series ‘Dynastin’

Reporter Jan Almgren and producer and documentary editor Adam Svanell are nominated, along with executive producers Hugo Lavett and Lovisa Lamm Nordenskiöld from the production company Banda, as the Storyteller of the Year for the podcast series ‘Dynastin,’ about the Stenbeck family. The series is Svenska Dagbladet’s most successful publication to date, and the epic narrative has garnered hundreds of thousands of listeners in Sweden and Norway.

The jury’s motivation: “With great skill and storytelling joy, they take us into Sweden’s most talked-about financial dynasty and provide the story behind rumours and annual reports.”

We are so incredibly happy, proud and honoured by the nomination. We’ve already seen that the audience has embraced Dynastin and to now also receive this journalistic recognition is fantastic. For me, the nomination is a receipt for the work that SvD’s entire business editorial department delivers to its readers on a daily basis, says Jan Almgren.

This is undeniably one of the biggest and most magnificent feathers one has received in one’s cap during one’s years as a journalist, Adam Swanell continues.

Reporter Jan Almgren and producer and documentary editor Adam Svanell. Photo: Stina Stiernkvist

Reporter Jan Almgren and producer and documentary editor Adam Svanell. Photo: Stina Stiernkvist

Voice of the Year – Aftonbladet’s Oisín Cantwell

Aftonbladet’s columnist Oisín Cantwell is nominated in the category of Voice of the Year. He is known for depicting contemporary debates through individuals and the details that reveal the bigger picture. In his columns, he exposes when legal policies are populist or police investigations go awry, just as readily as he portrays a Sweden that is melancholically navigating through life, with gang shootings and explosions in the spotlight.

The jury’s motivation: “In a time when the debate on legal policies becomes increasingly feverish, he keeps a cool head.

One should not exaggerate the importance of diplomas, flowers and prize money. But don’t underestimate it either. I write a lot about the stealthy dismantling of the rule of law, which in today’s opinion climate feels a little lonely from time to time. I see this nomination as an encouragement to continue. It gives me new energy,” Oisín Cantwell says.

Oisin Cantwell. Photo: Robin Lorentz Allard

Innovator of the Year – Svenska Dagbladet’s AI Listens to Podcasts

Lisa Irenius, culture editor, and Madelaine Levy, deputy culture editor, at Svenska Dagbladet, are nominated in the category of Innovator of the Year for their innovation ‘AI Listens to Podcasts.’ Using AI tools, they developed a unique journalistic method to analyse thousands of hours of podcast recordings. The result: a groundbreaking article series that provides a deep, and at times surprising, insight into some of Sweden’s most influential podcasts. The jury’s motivation:

“With the help of advanced AI technology, they take on some of our most beloved podcasts and offer their readers a glimpse of future journalism.”

We are incredibly happy and proud. AI listens to podcasts shows that AI does not have to mean journalists losing their jobs. It can also lead to new forms of journalism,” says Lisa Irenius.

This nomination is recognition for everyone at SvD who worked on the project in various ways, but also for the company Modulai who helped us develop the AI ​​model,” Madelaine Levy says.

Svenska Dagbladets's deputy culture editor Madelaine Levy and culture editor Lisa Irenius. Photo: Joakim Ståhl

Svenska Dagbladets’s deputy culture editor Madelaine Levy and culture editor Lisa Irenius. Photo: Joakim Ståhl

The winners of Stora Journalistpriset will be announced at a gala on November 16. You can find all the nominees here: Årets nominerade till Stora Journalistpriset.