A new era for investigative journalism in Norway

January 25 2024

Local and regional newspapers are now conducting the type of investigations and making discoveries that used to be expected only from major national media. How did that happen? Fritt Ord invites the public to a debate seminar at 10 a.m. on 14 February.

A deputy mayor in Tromsø who speculates in the real estate market. Mapping major differences between urban districts with the help of artificial intelligence. Tonnes of meticulously sorted plastic waste from Norwegian municipalities that are sent straight to incineration plants in Germany.

A new era is dawning for investigative journalism in Norway, featuring a myriad of minor investigative projects with major consequences.

The key to success is close collaboration between editorial teams locally, nationally and internationally.
In recent years, the cross-border journalism cooperative ‘Investigate Europe’ has carried out more than 20 major investigative projects in 12 countries.

The Center for Investigative Journalism (SUJO) at the University of Bergen has contributed to 65 published investigative projects in Norway.

The Fritt Ord Foundation invites the public to a debate seminar featuring members of the press who will share their experiences from the European plastic project “Wasteland”. The newspaper iTromsø explains how, as a small local newspaper, it documents social differences by using big data systematically, and with the help of artificial intelligence.

Wednesday, 14 February 2024 at 10.00-11.30 am
Fritt Ord Foundation, Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo

Per Christian Magnus, head of SUJO
Kristine Holmelid, head of reporting at SUJO
Ingeborg Eliassen and Amund Trellevik, Investigate Europe
Rune Ytreberg, data editor at iTromsø

Tellef Raabe, researcher at SNF/Norwegian School of Economics

The event will be live-streamed and filmed for later publication on Fritt Ord’s website.

Fritt Ord provides support for the Center for Investigative Journalism and Investigate Europe.

Explanations of photos:

Headline photo:
Fom the plastic project shows Driver Agnieszka Walasek unloading pre-sorted plastic waste from Asker at the collection facility at Alnabru before it is transported by train to Germany.
Photo gallery: Development programme for investigative managers at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). Photo: SUJO. / The city of Tromsø. Photo: iTromsø. / Per Christian Magnus lecturing. Photo: SUJO. / Power on Askøy SUJO helped Vestnytt and the residents of Askøy to survey the distribution of power in the community of Askøy. Screen shot from Vestnytt. / Renovation worker Arild Hindøy collecting plastic waste at Båtevika in Florø. Photo: Arne Hjorth Johansen, Firdaposten.


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Call for nominations: Free Media Awards 2024

April 10 2024

In collaboration with the ZEIT STIFTUNG BUCERIUS of Hamburg, the Fritt Ord Foundation has allocated the Free Media Awards annually since 2004 to Eastern European journalists and media that defy every obstacle to tirelessly ensure independent press coverage. Russia’s war against Ukraine and the subsequent wave of disinformation clearly demonstrates the need for independent reporting in the region. Journalists and media in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine Ukraine and Hungary that promote freedom of the press through their investigative and independent reporting are eligible to be nominated for the Free Media Awards.

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The Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for critics: Good Criticism 2024 - 2025

March 4 2024

The grants can be awarded to freelance critics who work in any field related to literature, art or culture. The grants are intended to result in the production of concrete, ongoing reviews throughout the year; the goal is to help improve the quality and professionalism of a number of Norwegian critics each year. The Fritt Ord Foundation would like to give more freelance critics better opportunities to pursue their profession and to spend more time cultivating it.


No Other Land

February 23 2024

The Fritt Ord Foundation is collaborating with the Human International Documentary Film Festival and Antipode Films to screen ‘No Other Land’ at Vega Scene in Oslo on Monday, 4 March 2024 at 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., and at Cinemateket in Oslo on Tuesday, 5 March at 4 p.m. Directors Basel Adra and Yuval Abraham, who are also the film’s protagonists, will appear live on a video link from Masafar Yatta on the West Bank both days.

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Queendom - film and talk with Agniia Galdanova and Igor Myakotin

February 23 2024

The Fritt Ord Foundation and the HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival invite the public to a screening of ‘Queendom’ and a talk with director Agniia Galdanova and producer Igor Myakotin following the screening at Vega Scene 1 in Oslo on Saturday, 9 March 2024 at 5:45 p.m. The director will introduce the film.