Swedish Dagens Nyheter launches innovative storytelling project covering sustainable development
Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter (DN) is launching a new web site to cover the United Nation’s 17 sustainable development goals, parent company Bonnier announced Monday.
The new site, DN Global Utveckling, is a part of a project launched by the European Journalism Centre. In November 2015, DN was awarded a grant of €150,000 to cover the U.N. goals in an innovative way.
The Swedish daily competed against a number of international media companies. De Correspondent (the Netherlands), Spiegel Online (Germany) and WeltN24 (Germany) was also awarded funding.
‘‘We’re very excited about this project. The development goals are underreported, generally speaking, and we want to do more in this field,’’ Peter Wolodarski, editor-in-chief at Dagens Nyheter, said in a November 2015 press release. ‘‘With this grant we will be able to boost our reporting, invest in digital development, and engage our audience even more.’’
DN has already started the launch by setting both a Twitter (@DN_SDG) and Facebook account. The paper has also recruited Thomas Frostberg, financial columnist at the Bonnier-owned HD-Sydsvenskan’s site 8till5.se, as editor.
Dagens Nyheter writes in an article about the initiative: “The sustainable development goals, established in September 2015, are aimed not just at governments and aid agencies. To reach the 2030 goals, business and the general public need to be involved. With new partnerships, the gap between public, private and non-profit players must be closed.
“It also affects different areas of journalistic monitoring. To cover what is being done with the U.N. goals, Dagens Nyheter is creating a special online section under dn.se called Global utveckling [global development].”
Correction Jan. 27, 2016: A previous version of this article misstated the amount of money DN was awarded. It’s €150,000 not €600,000.Dagens NyheterPeter WolodarskiEuropean Journalism CentreThomas FrostbergUnited Nations