CW Denmark Journalist Takes Home Top Online Media Excellence Award

Copenhagen, Denmark – July 9, 2010 – Computerworld Denmark Journalist Kristian Hansen received the top prize at the Association of Danish Interactive Media's award ceremony on June 24, at which the organization selected the best examples of online media excellence in various categories.

Hansen won the award for Best Web Journalism, the country’s most prestigious online award, for his coverage of the circumvention of Danish public procurement laws by Denmark's largest IT company, KMD, and of the close relations between KMD and high-ranking officials in Danish municipalities. His reports on the subject, close to 90 so far, have been published on Computerworld.dk since 2009.

The awards committee said, in part, “The winner has produced good, solid investigative journalism and has harnessed the opportunities of the Web to report beyond the average news articles. Users have gained insight into the investigative work itself… the long descriptions of the processes have served as important information to users, who have been able to get deeper into the matter in a way that only the Web allows. Meanwhile, the exposure of the case, including the close relationship existing between officials and KMD, has been built on information born in the forum of the media. This is a fine example of how the Web can create interaction between users and journalists."

Hansen, who joined IDG Denmark in 2006, was also one of the journalists involved in unveiling one of the biggest scandals in Danish business history in 2008 – the fall of IF Factory and CEO Stein Bagger.

“This is a fantastic win for IDG and Computerworld,” said CW Denmark Editor-in-chief Line Ørskov. “We went up against the absolute giants in Danish publishing and came out victorious. Once again we proved that classic investigative journalism has a place not only online but also in special interest media. Kristian has previously been nominated for a number of Danish journalism awards, and I speak for the whole of IDG in Denmark when I say that it was really great to see him win. He has earned it. "