Don’t blame the press

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.

Norwegian politician’s blog flops

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.

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?

Sweden: – 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 “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