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Published 2023-11-24

SvD and E24 clinch victory at The Power of Journalism Awards 2023

The winners of Schibsted’s annual Power of Journalism Awards – our way of honouring the best journalistic work in our media houses – have been announced.

Photo: Kilian Munch

The external jury has just declared this year’s nominations as the best ever, underscoring the outstanding quality and significance of the journalistic efforts spotlighted in The Power of Journalism Awards 2023.

Following a rigorous selection process by the jury, three standout finalists emerged, and now, the triumphant winners have been unveiled. A heartfelt congratulations to the winners who all take away a prize of 100.000 NOK each:

The Dynasty – SvD

AI listens to podcasts – a new type of journalism – SvD

The share scandal in Norwegian politics – E24.

The jury:

  • Olle Lidbom, marketing and publicity manager at Norstedt’s Publishing Group and Swedish independent media analyst (Head of Jury)
  • Pia Rehnquist, Head of Publicity at Bonnier News Local
  • Lars Kristiansen, former Head of Documentary and Current Affairs at NRK
  • Kerstin Brunnberg, former Program Manager, Communications Director, News Manager and CEO at Sveriges Radio, current President of the Swedish State Cultural Council
  • Karen Marcussen Dolva, Director and Co-founder of the technology company No Isolation

Best Storytelling

Winner: Dynastin - Svenska Dagbladet. Photo: Kilian Munch

Winner: The Dynasty – Svenska Dagbladet 

Contributors: Jan Almgren, Adam Svanell, Hugo Lavett, Lovisa Lamm Nordenskiöld

Jury statement: With unique access to the people inside one of Sweden’s most powerful business families, Svenska Dagbladet succeeds in creating a story that contains everything: death, drugs, illegitimate children and million-dollar deals. The story is both gripping and exciting and keeps the listener on edge – episode after episode.

The winner has created a story that takes us into secret rooms and stories. The result is well-researched and well-told journalism that is as addictive as the very best TV series.

The other finalists in the Best Storytelling category:

The Football Journey – Aftonbladet

Jury statement: Football is a universal language that unites people. By finding new ways to show football’s social power, Aftonbladet has managed to interest even those who care more about society than the sport. With modern storytelling, adapted for new platforms, the audience is let in behind the scenes and understands that sports journalism can be more than just goals and results.

The hunt for the family father – Stavanger Aftenblad

Jury statement: How does a paedophile think – and how does the police work to stop them? Stavanger Aftenblad gives the audience an insight into how the police work with a well-researched and refined story. The result is impressive and upsetting.

Best Innovative Entry

Winner: AI lyssnar på poddar – en ny typ av journalistik - Svenska Dagbladet. Photo: Kilian Munch

Winner: AI listens to podcasts – a new type of journalism – Svenska Dagbladet

Contributors: Lisa Irenius, Madelaine Levy, Björn Barr, Liv Widell, Klara Ränk.

Jury statement: The winner has used new technology without forgetting that journalism needs a human hand. With innovative approaches, this year’s winners have renewed and deepened the cultural journalism of the new era.

The other finalists in the Best Innovative Entry category:

AI-generated audio articles – Aftenposten

Jury statement: Reading out the news with the help of AI has made Aftenposten’s articles reach more readers than ever before. With fast-paced development, the editors have created an innovation that mixes technology and journalism with great value for the audience.

VGina – VG

Jury statement: To increase and spread knowledge about women’s health, VG has created a special site with the congenial name VGina. By making a taboo area visible to its readers and making complex information accessible and interesting, VG has created an innovation of great importance.

Best Scoop

Winner: Aksjeskandalen i norsk politikk – E24. Photo: Kilian Munch

Winner: The share scandal in Norwegian politics – E24 

Contributors: Balder Haarklou Jensen, Jørgen Indrøy Strømsnes, Gustav Johan Lindbäck, Jonatan Ree Nolet, Ragnhild Vartdal, Nora Rydne, Erik Tangen, hans Jørgen Myrvang Ro, Pål Solheimsnes and Anders Fjellberg.

Jury statement: When politicians with insider knowledge exploit the system for stock trading, they create opportunities for great financial gain. E24 reveals how financial regulations have been systematically broken at the top of Norwegian society. With solid research and a string of revelations, the scoop reveals the arrogance of power.

The winner has shaken things up with this big scoop by adopting the motto “follow the money.”. The result is shocking and shows how important it is that there is journalism that scrutinises the highest power.

The other finalists in the Best Scoop category:

The Children Norway Fails – Aftenposten

Jury statement: How does the children’s welfare agency care for the most vulnerable children? Aftenposten shows with its scoop massive systemic failures in how they are treated. With a solid database paired with journalistic footwork, the scoop shows that without journalism, the flaws in the system would never have been revealed.

Spotify and gang money – Svenska Dagbladet

Jury statement: The money within the Swedish gang crime is growing and in this scoop, Svenska Dagbladet reveals how Spotify is used to launder money for Swedish criminals. With credible sources and an educational approach, the journalists create a scoop in the borderland between current affairs, business journalism and cultural reporting.