Fourth Gold medal: Svenska Dagbladet’s breaking news coverage of Norway attacks

Svenska Dagbladet has won a Gold medal in the breaking news category for its coverage of the July 2011 attacks in Norway. Anders Behring Breivik bombed government buildings in Oslo, which resulted in eight deaths. He then carried out a mass shooting on the island of Utøya where he killed 69 people, mostly teenagers.

Here’s what the judges had to say about the entry:

“This is one of the best pieces of breaking news coverage we’ve ever seen. It could be held up as a template for how to handle a breaking news story. When covering an event of this magnitude the tendency is to turn on the fire hose, but this publication gave the story structure and used several different devices from straight news, to explanatory journalism to pure emotion. There is rhythm throughout the pages with the use of traditional and alternative story forms. They even showed how other publications covered the story. The package is comprehensive without feeling heavy; the reader is guided easily through each page. The coverage is so authoritative; it shows complete ownership of the story.”

Here’s who worked on the pages:

  • Anna W. Thurfjell, head of design
  • Tor Johnson, picture editor
  • Jessika Olofsson, picture editor
  • Helena Frank, page designer
  • Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters, photographer

Check out coverage of the other gold medals:

First Gold medal: Washington Post goes tablet shopping
Second Gold medal: Times of Oman’s Ramadan tiled poster
Third Gold medal: Times of Oman news design page

About Denise M. Reagan

Denise M. Reagan is SND Foundation president, Assistant Managing Editor for visuals at The Florida Times-Union/ and an adjunct professor at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.

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