On Saturday the Faktuell -workshop went with focus on investigative journalism. One of the guest professors Øystein Windstad, investigative reporter from NRK, told the youngsters about this difficult, yet important and interesting work. With the accompany of Robert Vaagan, professor at HiOA, he taught young journalists to be inquisitive, critical towards the facts and involved.
First of all, Øystein told the teenagers about his latest works in investigative journalism at NRK. Some of them were absolutely brilliant. Youths were impressed by how the journalist managed to find these issues and deepen them. For example, he made an article about Aleksander Winter, better known as Savant, a Norwegian musician who releases 10 albums per year. He has a form of autism and remembers all the music he hears. It is amazing how Øystein could make a proper interview with him and receive a permission from him to tell his story.
In addition, the journalist told the teenagers about his experience in investigative journalism in other countries and made a conclusion, that Norway is perhaps one of the best places in the world to be a journalist. «We are happy that we live in Norway. Once in Egypt I went to jail just for walking on the street with a professional camera «- he said, -» it was a terrible experience. »
Afterwards, together with professor Vaagan, Oystein explained to teenagers different techniques that a journalist may well use in his work. For example, there are websites where you can get all the necessary information about the companies, their managers, salaries and many other important details.
It was an exciting and informative day with the active participation of youth.
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