Fritt Ord invites applications for grants of NOK 60 000 each for communications activities and discussions based on contemporary factual prose and fiction. For example, funding can be used for debates, seminars, talks with writers or discussion fora.

Deadline for applications: 29 June 2018.


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Free Media Awards 2018

The 2018 Free Media Awards are awarded to Chai Khana in South-Caucasus for their efforts to bring attention to under-reported news stories spanning national borders in the region, Fontanka in Russia for their coverage of ongoing and forgotten conflicts, and to the Belarusian website Belarus Partisan for their tireless investigative work, also following the murder of their editor-in-chief in 2016.

Press release – 7 June 2018

The Fritt Ord Foundation and ZEIT-Stiftung honour independent media in Georgia, Russia and Belarus.

Fritt Ord Foundation grants for critics awarded

The Fritt Ord Foundation has now awarded their annual grants to critics. At NOK 200 000 each, the grants should result in a steady stream of reviews during the period from August 2018 to August 2019. The grant scheme was established in 2015, and 11 grants are being awarded this year.

Of the 42 applications recieved, grants were awarded to the following individuals: Aage Storm Borchgrevink (factual prose etc., Dagbladet), Emil Henrik Flatø (ideas, art and culture, Morgenbladet), Kjersti Juul (dramatic art, Vårt Land), Oda Bhar Lurås (pictorial art, etc., Morgenbladet), Gabriel Moro (fiction, VG), Eivind Myklebust (factual prose and fiction, Klassekampen), Jon Rognlien (factual prose and fiction, Dagbladet), Per Christian Selmer-Anderssen (dramatic art, Aftenposten), Janne Karin Støylen (literature for children, Dag og Tid), Margunn Vikingstad (fiction, Morgenbladet) and Hilde Østby (factual prose, Aftenposten).
​Fritt Ord and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism invite the public to the launch of the annual media survey entitled the Reuters Institute Digital News Report and a debate on confidence in the media, on Monday, 18 June from 5 - 6.30 p.m. at Fritt Ord's premises at Uranienborgveien 2.

The Reuters Institute Digital News Report is the world's largest media survey on trends in digital media habits. Norway was included in the survey for the first time in 2016, and the report compares the development of Norwegian media markets with those in 36 other countries in America, Europe and Asia.

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​On Saturday, 26 May, at the Doc Festival in Fredrikstad, you will have a chance to meet two photographers from the Norwegian Journal of Photography, as well as Gösta Flemming, book editor at the Journal Publishing House.

Each year, the Doc Festival attracts hundreds of photography enthusiasts to Fredrikstad, where there are seminars, workshops and exhibitions. This year's programme also includes the Norwegian Journal of Photography.

On Saturday, 26 May, from 12 to 1 p.m., former NJP photographers Margaret M. De Lange and Ivar Kvaal will talk about their projects, and the publisher of the NJP series, Editor Gösta Flemming, from Journal Publishers, will talk about the book process.



Støtte til journalistikkprosjekter

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Pix Politikk: Film og debatt

The second edition of the film festival Oslo Pix will be held from 4 to 10 June 2018. The organiser, Festivalkontoret, has received a grant of NOK 75 000 from Fritt Ord for the subprogram Pix Politics: Film and discussion. The film screenings will be accompanied by discussions on the meat industry, mental health care, the emergence of right-wing extremism and the consequences of the Franco regime.

7 June will mark the screening of Ellen Ugelstad's documentary film "Making Sense Together", which has received Fritt Ord's support for development, production and promotion. The festival venues will be the Nordic Film Cinema and the Artists' House Cinema.

Støtte til sakprosa

A list has been published of Fritt Ord's grants for less than NOK 100 000 awarded in May 2018.

Among the 75 or so allocations, we find 17 grants for manuscript development and the publication of non-fiction books. For example, two writers have received manuscript grants for books about intoxicants and dependence. Andreas Wahl Blomkvist received NOK 60 000 for the book project "Illegal medicine", while Eivind Riise Hauge received NOK 75 000 for work on the book "The History of Dependence".

Støtte til produksjon av dokumentarfilmer

The list of the Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for more than NOK 100 000 that were awarded in April 2018 has now been published.

Eight of the grants involve the production of new documentary films. For example, Motlys AS and Director Kristoffer Carlin received NOK 200 000 for the documentary "The Mystery of Emilie", which follows a 20-yeaar-old with Down's syndrome through a year at a college of further education. Integral Film received NOK 300 000 for the production of the film "Tension in Europe", directed by Nefise Özkal Lorentzen and Jørgen Lorentzen.

A grant of NOK 200 000 was awarded to Puffin Filem and Director Linn Helene Løken's documentary film "Summer Children" about German children who were sent on holidays in Western Europe by themselves in the post-WWII era. The director's mother Gabrielle was among these children and was subsequently adopted by her Norwegian host family.



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​For quite some time, the Fritt Ord Foundation has had media and journalism as one of its core target areas. In the demanding situation currently being experienced by the media and thereby by the public sphere as a whole, we aspire to do even more to support and promote high-quality journalism in several fields.

The programme 'Quality Journalism in a New Era' ran from 2015 to 2017, awarding 10 million NOK annually.

The programme 'Norwegian Journalism' will run from 2017 to 2020, and award 25 million NOK annually.


The Fritt Ord Foundation announces a call for applications for 10 annual grants of NOK 200 000 each for critics who write for daily or weekly newspapers, or who supply reviews to TV/radio. The grant scheme will provide aggregate funding of MNOK 6 over a three-year period.

Norwegian Journal of Photography

The Norwegian Journal of Photography was established in 2011 to serve as an arena where independent photographers who work in the interface between traditional press photography on the one hand and art photography on the other will be able to present the full scope of their projects. NJP brings together and supports selected Norwegian photographic documentary projects, and the first edition of the book was launched in February 2013.

Fritt Ord-konkurransen

The Fritt Ord Foundation Competition for upper secondary school is an annual competition that invites pupils to submit entries about freedom of expression and democracy. A special topic is highlighted each year, and participants' entries can be submitted either in the form of a text or a media production. The Fritt Ord Foundation organises seminars for teachers and offers school visits and supervision for participants.