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.


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.”