Former Journalism Students Win Golden Shovels | 2014 |

The Golden Shovel is a highly prestigious award in Swedish journalism – and at the Investigative Seminar in March of 2014, no fewer than two of the winners were former students at Mid Sweden University.

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Baris Kayhan, who began studying at the Journalism Programme in Sundsvall in 2004, was awarded a Golden Shovel for his continued investigative reporting of the Panaxia case in Swedish Radio Stockholm. The motivation of the jury was: “For a patient and revealing investigation of a financial juggling act involving, among others, financing companies, accountants and a Swedish Premier Division football club.”

Former student Helena Gunnarsson, who has worked at the magazine Kommunalarbetaren since 2010, was also awarded a Golden Shovel for her investigation of worsened conditions in the home care service. The motivation of the jury: “For having charted and exposed the deficiencies of the home care industry and also indicated widespread economic crime, which has had a negative impact on municipalities and employees, as well as the people receiving the care.”