Who will become the “Fjord Mustang” of blogs? Well, we will soon find out. The best Norwegian blogs will be awarded in December by Dagbladet.no. Twelve blogs have been nominated in four different categories. Undercurrent has the list.
Olav Anders Øvrebø who runs the Undercurrent blog has researched the Norwegian blogosphere and estimates there are about 30,000 blogs in Norway.
Norwegian defender André Bergdølmo blaims the press for Norway’s defeat against Scotland in Wednesday’s World Cup qualifiers.
– Skottene var gode. De visste hvordan vi kom til å spille, mye takket være norsk presse. Åge (Hareide) har prøvd å holde lagoppstillingen hemmelig. Likevel får dere rede på det gjennom ulike kanaler. Og når dere trykker det, føler jeg at dere dolker landslaget i ryggen.
– Det er illojalt, sier Bergdølmo.
The national coach wanted to keep the line-up secret until the very last moment, but the Norwegian press found out and printed it. Bergdølmo means that the Scots took advantage of the information and that it was illoyal of media to reveal what they knew would damage the home team. But it is not the duty of media to censor information because it would harm the national football team.
A common term in Swedish when describing media policies regarding this issue is that journalists should be “konsekvensneutrala” which means media must be neutral to the consequenses of an article. If a story is relevant from a news perspective, the fact that one party might suffer is not reason enough to stop the article. Like in this news policy from Swedish Radio “Ekot”.
Vår grundregel är att nyhetsförmedlingen är konsekvensneutral. Att en part kan vinna eller förlora på vår publicering är inget skäl för oss att avstå. Vi sänder det som är viktigt enligt relevans- och saklighetskraven. Det är inte nyhetsförmedlarens sak att ta hänsyn till vem som gynnas eller missgynnas av en viss nyhet.
Support for the home team is great, but it’s by no means mandatory. Or maybe Bergdølmo expected the same support as the Sun gave the English team before the historic 5-1 win against Germany. The paper hired a bus with a band that went to the German team’s hotel in the middle of the night and woke them up.
PS. Never forget – what Carew does with a football, Zlatan can do with an orange.
Kristin Halvorsen, leader of Socialistisk Venstre (The Socialist Left Party) in Norway launched a blog in October 2004. But the interactive format of the blog apparently was too much work for Halvorsen who hasn’t posted anything on the blog since March 30. Many of her readers critize her from being absent on her own blog.
– This was a test. It turned out that the blog became too time consuming for me over time, Kristin Halvorsen tells Dagbladet.
– This is a culture where people communicate with each other several times a day and that’s not possible for me. It didn’t help that others replied for me, she said, meaning that she didn’t wish that others would reply in her name.
I don’t think you should be too hard on politicians who experiment with this new medium and fail. Her ambition to interact more with voters seemed to be honest. However, when you come to a point where you realize that you don’t have time to blog, you should really consider killing your blog altogether. Why? Well, basically for just one reason. Halvorsen’s blog is ranked #2 on Google when you search for her name and you wouldn’t want a web page full of negative comments about yourself be ranked that high if you are a top politician. Either you continue with the blog, or kill it.
This is excellent news. A former colleague of mine, Rune Mørck Wergeland from Norway, has been named European Head of Crisis Management at Burson-Marsteller. Good choice BM. Rune is the right man for the job.
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
VG – Main
VG – Sport
VG – News
VG – Entertainment
VG – IT
Alt om København
DR – News
DR – News (different feed)
DR – Sportss
Sportenkort (10 latest)
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