Newspaper sweeps all top prizes

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Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN), which specializes in business news but covers a broad range of other news as well, has made a clean sweep of all the top prizes in journalism handed out in Norway this year. The achievement comes at a time when newspapers are struggling and competition is fierce.

Thursday's edition of DN, with a photo of Engdal while on assignment in Mali earlier this year. "Dagens Næringsliv" translates to "The Day's Business Life"  but the paper in English is generally called "The Norwegian Business Daily." PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

Thursday’s edition of DN, with a photo of Engdal while on assignment in Mali earlier this year. “Dagens Næringsliv” translates to “The Day’s Business Life” but the paper in English is generally called “The Norwegian Business Daily.” PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

The latest annual award, Årets Gullpenn (The Year’s Golden Pen), went to journalist Eskil Engdal for his tendency “to dare to go where most others won’t.” Sverre Martin Gunnerud, leader of the jury for prize presenter Riksmålsforbundet, referred to Engdal’s many reporting ventures into war zones and crisis situations.

“Engdal is the classic journalist with the elegant pen and the international outlook,” Gunnerud said when the prize was announced on Wednesday. Referring to Engdal as “a representative for gonzo journalism,” Gunnerud said he “doesn’t stop with his elegant language. He digs hard through the muck.”

The Golden Pen award comes just weeks after DN’s popular political commentator Kjetil B Alstadheim won the profession’s most prestigious prize in Norway, Den Store Journalistprisen (The Great Journalist Prize), and just months after a team of DN journalists won the annual Skup prize for investigative journalism that’s decided on by a jury of their peers.

DN’s editor-in-chief, Amund Djuve, also was named “Editor of the Year” this spring by the national editors’ association Redaktørforeningen. Djuve is ultimately responsible for DN’s daily editions specializing in business and media news, its Saturday edition that features a popular magazine supplement devoted to lengthy features, investigative and cultural issues, and the glossy D2 magazine that’s published on Fridays.

DN is the flagship of the media firm NHST, which also publishes the weekly shipping newspaper TradeWinds, the oil industry paper Upstream and a variety of other print- and online ventures.

newsinenglish.no staff

(EDITOR’s NOTE: The publisher of this site worked as an editor at TradeWinds in the 1990s.)