With the Narrator Award, we want to stimulate more journalistic narratives, increase awareness of the genre and strengthen its quality. The award will highlight individuals and editors who actively contribute to this exciting, humane storytelling tradition living on in the Norwegian press. The association Fortellingens kraft coordinates the jury work, administers and awards the prize, which was awarded for the first time in 2019.
The prize will be awarded in connection with the conference in Bergen.
Everyone can nominate entries, and the jury is free to find entries they think fit into the category.
An independent and professionally competent jury assesses the entries nominated for the award based on criteria such as idea, dramaturgical and literary means, uniqueness, narrative style and impact. Relevance to the press’ social mission and ability to provide insight, create reflection and an experience among readers, viewers or listeners can be emphasized in the jury’s assessment.
The jury will have great freedom in their work to find the best story of the year.
All formats will be considered – from short news reports to long documentaries and series. The award wants to encourage more frequent use of the journalistic narrative in the media’s journalistic work. The contribution can be published as text, audio (radio, podcast), live film (TV, video) or in a combination of platforms.
It is important to us that different formats can reach the competition, and we will therefore also award up to three diplomas for other valuable contributions.
Narrative journalism also finds its way in between book binders and it is natural to consider a recognition also for this year’s best reportage book when there are relevant candidates.
This year’s jury has been appointed by the board of Fortellingens kraft, which also coordinates the jury’s work.
The deadline for sending in your nominations has passed.
The leader of the jury, Jesper Gaarskjær, is an award-winning narrative journalist and author from Denmark. Since 2008, he has written documentary books and longreads for media and publishers, including historical dramas from World War II, biographies, poetry and personal essays. He is a trained journalist and cand.public. and co-founded Foreningen for Nordisk Nonfiktion with the aim of strengthening the journalistic narrative. He is an associate professor of journalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism.
Stinne Andreasen (b. 1984) is the digital editor-in-chief of Kristeligt Dagblad. She is one of the leaders in digital storytelling in Denmark and has for 10 years been at the forefront of Kristeligt Dagblad's digital longreads, which have received over 20 Danish and international awards. She has also written several of the articles herself, including the award-winning "A father's letter to the daughter, who should never have been born". Has for years held courses in digital longreads in both Denmark and Norway and is particularly interested in the intersection between narrative journalism and visual aids.
Martin Johnson is educated in radio production at the Dramatic Institute. Author. Playwright. Investigative journalist. Radio producer. He has produced documentaries and series for Swedish Radio, NRK, RTE and the BBC. He has won everything from the Swedish Ikaros Award and Google's Innovation Award to the Prix Italia and gold medal at The New York Festival. Together with his companion Anton Berg, he produced the sensational investigative podcast Spår. He was executive producer for the HBO series Pray, Obey, Kill (2021), and is CEO of the association Third Ear Studio, which has become the Nordic region's largest podcast producer.
Jenny Duesund works at NRK as a digital development manager and head of investigative editorial in the western region. In recent years, she has worked extensively with major digital narratives and with building competence in narrative journalism at NRK. She has a background as a journalist and storyteller online and in several TV series, including Villmarka's voktere wich won the Gullruten in 2016. She is educated in literary studies, philosophy and journalism.
Thomas Ergo (b. 1971) is a journalist at Stavanger Aftenblad, where he works with investigative and narrative journalism. His reports often look critically at areas such as child welfare, psychiatry, the field of intoxicants and the care of people with developmental disabilities. Several of the documentary projects, such as Glassjenta (2016), have triggered extensive measures at the system level. Ergo has won Den store journalistprisen and a number of other awards for his journalism. He has been a board member of Fortellingens kraft since the beginning.