The ‘hacker journalist’ about winning the Swedish Grand Journalism PrizeKristoffer Örstadius. Photo: Rikard Westman/Stora Journalistpriset

The ‘hacker journalist’ on winning the Swedish Grand Journalism Prize

Publicerad: 20 November 2015, kl. 11:17

The winners of the Swedish Grand Journalism Prize were announced at gala in Stockholm Thursday.

Adam Jönsson

Dagens Nyheter’s reporter Kristoffer Örstadius won the award for Best Innovator for his work of exposing vulnerabilities in our digital lives by using programming and data.

Smashdig got in touch with the so-called ‘‘Hacker journalist’’ over email to ask him about the award and what it means for his continued work.

Congratulations! How does it feel?
Thank you, it feels great. I am incredibly proud and still in a bit of a shock.

How much does it mean to you to be awarded the Swedish Grand Journalism Prize as Best Innovator?
It’s of course amazing to be awarded the prize. And the Swedish Grand Journalism Prize means a lot to me. But the most important thing is the contact you get with readers when you’ve published different investigative stories.

Why do you think the jury decided to give you the award?
I think they appreciate the type of journalism that I’m doing, which is data journalism in combination with investigative journalism.

What does this mean for your continued work?
Awards are awesome and cool. But I don’t think I’ll change, for example, doing another type of journalism just because of the award.

How did you celebrate the award or how will you celebrate the award?
A lot of champagne last night. Today, I’ll just have a cozy day with my kids.

Footnote: Blank Spot Project and Omni were also nominated in the category Best Innovator.

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