Awards ceremony for the Fritt Ord Foundation Competition for Upper Secondary School

Photo: Screen dump from the winning entry, a video essay on body-image pressure submitted by Marta Berstad.
Welcome to the awards ceremony for the Fritt Ord Foundation Competition for Upper Secondary School, on Thursday, 12 April, at 2 p.m. at Uranienborgveien 2. There will be a formal and enjoyable celebration with speeches, finger food, and entertainment provided by music students from Foss Upper Secondary School.

The topic of this year's competition was "Propaganda", and participants were invited to submit entries in a variety of genres: audio, video or online productions, essays or articles. Fritt Ord received 255 interpretations of the assignment, and the projects have shed light on different types of propaganda from a number of perspectives.

The following four projects are the winners:
  • A video essay on body-image pressure, submitted by Marta Berstad from Nord-Gudbrandsdal Upper Secondary School (also the school of last year's winners)
  • Music video on propaganda and the great ideologies of the 1900s, submitted by Tobias Karlsen and fellow pupils at Bergeland Upper Secondary School in Stavanger
  • "Out of hibernation", essay written by Selma Sofie Norup, Bergen Cathedral School, based on Trump's election victory
  • The essay "This is propaganda" by Leah Jakobsen, Ullern Upper Secondary School, a personal text about media pressure in everyday life

In addition to a cash prize, the prize laureates will take part in a study tour to Strasbourg, where they will visit the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights and the EU parliament.
Programme for the awards ceremony:
  • Speech by the chair of the Fritt Ord Foundation Board, Grete Brochmann
  • Speech by the chair of the jury, Jostein Saxegaard, and jury members Lene Julsen and Lars Laird Iversen.
  • Speech by the prize laureates 

Iver Jensen, jury member and former winner of the Fritt Ord Foundation Competition, will be master of ceremonies for the event.
The programme will finish by 3 p.m., and will be followed by a social gathering. Canapés will be served. 

Fritt Ord and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism invite the public to the launch of the annual media survey entitled Reuters Institute Digital News Report and a debate on confidence in the media, on Monday, 18 June from 5 - 6.30 p.m. at Fritt Ord’s premises at Uranienborgveien 2.

On Tuesday, 29 May at 16.45 pm, the Fritt Ord Foundation, Sparebankstiftelsen DNB and Fondazione CRT will host a session on the role of culture hubs such as literature houses and culture centres. What does it take for a building to become one of the most important venues in a city for exchanging opinions?

On Saturday, 26 May, at the Doc Festival in Fredrikstad, you will have a chance to meet two photographers from the Norwegian Journal of Photography, as well as Gösta Flemming, book editor at the Journal Publishing House.