Early summer break for blog coverage

Summer is here and that might explain why so little has been written about blogs in Swedish media during June. Still there has been several news worthy stories like the rumours of Bill Gates starting to blog and the RSS/blog capabilities built in to Apple’s new operating system Tiger.

One really good article was published in Axess which is a publication that the Retriever search engine did not find (so there are really more than 8 articles in June, but for comparison I leave it out).

Nordic media RSS feeds

I have compiled a list of more than 80 RSS feeds for Nordic media. Included are also press releases RSS feeds. I haven’t tried all of them and can’t guarantee they are working.

UPDATE: I have added 11 feeds for alternative publication Stockholms Fria Tidning. A reflection, how come that it is alternative media and the really big giants that are experimenting with RSS, but few players “in between”, like trade publications?


Beyan.net – Kurdish news

Dagens Nyheter – Top headlines

Dagens Nyheter – News

Dagens Nyheter – Business

Dagens Nyheter – Sports

Dagens Nyheter – Football

Expressen – News

Expressen – Sports

Expressen – Entertainment

Motornyheter FART – Cars and motor sports

Motornyheter FART – Cars

Motornyheter FART – Motor sports

Ny Teknik Technology trade publication

Stockholms Fria Tidning – Opinion

Stockholms Fria Tidning – “Inledare”

Stockholms Fria Tidning – Sweden

Stockholms Fria Tidning – Culture

Stockholms Fria Tidning – Calendar

Stockholms Fria Tidning – Reports

Stockholms Fria Tidning – Sports

Stockholms Fria Tidning – Stockholm

Stockholms Fria Tidning – “Synpunkten”

Stockholms Fria Tidning – TV/radio

Stockholms Fria Tidning – Foreign

Svenska Dagbladet Daily

Sydvenska Dagbladet Daily

Yelah.net “Radical digital news”



Aftenbladet – News

Aftenbladet – Local

Aftenbladet – Norwegian

Aftenbladet – Abroad

Aftenbladet – Business

Aftenbladet – Politcs

Aftenbladet – Monitor

Aftenbladet – Commentary

Aftenbladet – Editorial

Aftenbladet – Sports

Aftenbladet – Culture

Aftenbladet – Magazine



Aftenposten – News

Aftenposten – Norwegian

Aftenposten – Foreign

Aftenposten – Oslo

Aftenposten – Science

Aftenposten – Business

Aftenposten – Sports

Aftenposten – Elite Serie

Aftenposten – Premier League

Aftenposten – In English


Dagbladet – Nyheter

Dagbladet – Sports

Dagbladet – Magazine

Dagbladet – Culture

Dagbladet – Friday

Dagbladet – Knowledge

Dagbladet – On your side





Teknisk Ukeblad

VG – Main

VG – Sport

VG – News

VG – Entertainment



Alt om København


Børsen online




Daily Rush

DR – News

DR – News (different feed)

DR – Sportss


Geek Culture

Netavisen Infopaq





Sportenkort (10 latest)

TV2 Finans

TV2 Nyhederne

Århus Stiftstidende Netavis


Helsingin Sanomat Daily, 5 latest headlines



Swedish press releases etc


IBM – Swedish press releases

IT-universitetet in Gothenburg

Karolinska Institutet – News

Karolinska Institutet – Press releases


Swedish Research News Blog

Coverage of blogs reach record levels

Coverage of blogs in Swedish media continue to rise and hit new record levels (irony intended, see previous post). There were a total of 28 articles in Swedish media about blogs during May, several of them reporting on Bill Gates comments about blogs. IT and technology press make up half of this number, while marketing and journalism press are still silent. Source: online publications via a Retriever search.

Swedish media quiet over torture scandal

As a result of investigative journalism, a story broke last week that US agents operated on Swedish soil, when they assisted in the extradition of two Egyptian citizens, sending them into possible torture in Egypt.

“The two prisoners have their clothes cut from their bodies by scissors, without their hand- and footcuffs being loosened. The naked and chained prisoners have a suppository of unknown kind inserted into their anus, and diapers are put on them. They are forcibly dressed in dark overalls. Their hands and feet are chained to a specially designed harness. On the plane, both men are blindfolded and hooded. The plane takes off at 21.49 and sets course towards Egypt”

The thought in itself that foreign agents are operating in our country, and on top of that they are allegedly torturing people who in fact have not been convicted for any crime, is revolting. But the story has not taken off. Media have so far mostly reported on news agency material, stating comments from the Swedish Minister for Justice, Tomas Bodström who says that “the law does not need to be changed as a result of the extradition. To the contrary, we have to get used to having foreign agents operating in Sweden”. So why are media letting the responsible people get away with this? Are we happy with the fact that US agents can come flying in to our country in a Gulfstream, handcuffing people, stripping them naked and inserting suppositories in their rear ends? I know that the neutrality of this country has been a joke for decades, but I still believe in that illusion.

Journalist Ulf Nilsson of Expressen summarizes it like this (in Swedish).

“If Sweden had been USA, you would have seen [Prime Minister Göran] Persson on tv today or at least [Foreign Minister] Laila Freivalds or Tomas Bodström. They would NOT have it easy. To the contrary, smart and sharp journalists would have grilled them mercilessly about the biggest scandal in Sweden since the assasination of Anna Lindh…If Sweden had been USA, all serious TV channels would have had discussions this Sunday…Who knew what about the torture? Who is responsible? Who should be fired? … Swedish governments and other official bodies have lied to the people for decades and always got away with it. Compared to USA or England or even France, Sweden is a closed society, quiet and compliant. Journalists make deals with people in power and don’t give a damn about the fact that they are paid to serve viewers, readers and listeners.”

It seems that Anders Kempe and Anders Lindberg of JKL were right on target with their post about the Swedish media needing to be challenged. We want to know if this operation has been sanctioned by the Prime Minister and if it was a trade off for having the Swede in Guantanamo relased. What was discussed when Göran Persson recently met George W. Bush?

The story has had some international circulation, for example here and here.

But sadly, the internationally most distributed story including Sweden the last few days has been this story about an elk that stole a bicycle.

Blogs a vital part of a media revolt manifesto

Conglomeration, consolidation, corporatism and infotainment journalism prevents vital information from reaching citizens in favour of trivia and issues that serve the agenda of corporate powers. Big media threatens the few non-commercial voices, i.e. public service, that still don’t suffer from bottom line myopia and metrofication (short shallow news in contrast to investigative reporting, like the model of international free paper Metro). The result is a vanishing debate in society and a status quo in political regimes on both sides of the pond. This is, in short, the situation at the moment if you listen to some influential commentators. The solution? An extreme media makeover?

Pontus Schultz, journalist and media debater at web publication DagensPS.se reflects on a debate he participated in the other day, where Eva Hamilton, potentially a coming leader of Swedish public service channels SVT voiced her worries over the threats against public service television. ”Public service has never been under such an attack as now”, she meant, not only referring to political pressure on SVT’s role model BBC. She also pointed at coordinated attacks on EU-level from the commercial interests that want to limit the space for public service, on programming level and regarding what possibilities public service should have in the new media arena.

At the same time Anders Kempe and Anders Lindberg at PR agency JKL argues that Swedish media needs to be challenged more and that Sweden has turned into a one party state (sound familiar?) where few dare to challenge the ruling social democratic regime and their followers. With the same party in charge 21 of the last 24 years, everyone pretty much assumes a leftist government win also in 2006. It costs more and more for those who have opposing opinions and the tendency by corporations is to nurture relations with the ruling crowd instead of focusing on opinion building, minimizing the debate in society down to a minimum. Few dare to challenge the powers of leading politicians and media.

Or as Amy Goodman put it when she spoke with NEWSWEEK’s Brian Braiker about what she sees as the corruption of mainstream media.

In your book, you fault the media for asking softball questions in return for access to those in power.

Right. We call it the ‘access of evil’: Trading truth for access.

David Neiwert, a freelance journalist based in Seattle runs a blog called Orcinus, where he not only analyses the problems of journalism today, but also suggest a solution – a media revolt manifesto (please read this post, it’s very long but it’s worth it). He claims that media is not fulfilling its obligations today. Conglomeration and infotainment journalism prevents vital information from reaching citizens.

”Conglomeration and the increasing grip of monolithic corporatism has reduced the diversity of voices and viewpoints that are available to the public at all levels, from small local papers to major networks.”

His suggestion for a counter attack on media is summarized in a Media Revolt Manifesto. Interestingly he points to blogs as a means of shifting the power balance and increase diversity.

”But we have to get organized. And after years of wandering in the

wilderness, I believe that 2004 is the year to make it happen — if for no other reason than that the stakes are so high.

The main reason, though, is that I think the tools for serious change are finally within our reach. And the chief tool is the Internet, the

blogosphere in particular.

Blogs represent, in fact, the real democratization of journalism, which traditionally has always been about the work of keeping the public duly and properly informed. Stories and vital facts now no longer need go through the New York Times and NBC News in order to gain wide distribution. Blogs can effectively reach as many people as several large city dailies combined. And the network of their combined efforts represents a massive shift of data around the traditional media filters.

Blogs can also be terrific means for organizing, particularly for putting together a concerted response to political and media atrocities. One need only survey the ability of blogs to affect real-world politics — their role in bringing about the fall of Trent Lott was just a start — to understand that their power can readily extend to reshaping the media, since they represent in themselves a kind of citizens’ solution to needed reforms in the media.”

He continues:

“Blogs, in other words, can and should play the role abdicated by the mainstream media both in monitoring their own behaviour and ethics, and in providing enough diversity that a wealth of viewpoints are given fair treatment, as in any healthy democratic society, and the public properly served.”

I’m not convinced that journalists agree with all this. Nevertheless, that’s a huge responsibility. Are we ready to bring the power back to the people, or do we rather lean back in the sofa in front of the latest reality show?

Rising coverage of blogs

Overstated has an interesting overview of how many times the word blog or weblog has been mentioned in media. There has been a significant increase in coverage since early 2003.

I touched on this in a previous post, when I looked at the situation in Sweden. I performed the same search again (but this time excluded the brand names Weblogic and Weblogistics) for the search terms “blog*” and “weblog*” in Swedish media via Retriever (searches web based sources only). In Sweden, the coverage started to take off in November of 2003. Noteworthy is that in my previous analysis I found that IT and technology trade press almost made up two thirds of all articles, while marketing and journalism press had almost none.

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The first Swedish mention I found was from a two year old unsigned article in Ny Teknik (New Technology) on May 2, 2002, explaining the new acronym “blog”.

Link via Corporate Engagement.