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Yorkshire and the North West are joint 11th on the fantasy medal table this morning, and back in the real world Denmark is doing pretty well too at 16th (above Sweden)*. Time for a quick look at Danish equivalents of some of the media I follow.
Politiken is the national Guardian-a-like, although the whole paper isn’t available online and the website is pretty modest. Newspapers aren’t cheap in these parts, so we only get it at the weekend.
There were eight-page broadsheet supplements both days, with the letters OL (for Olympiske Lege) highlighted in red in the masthead. Politiken has won prizes for its new design but I find it rather old fashioned, with dense columns of verbiage and huge pictures. The ink doesn’t come off on your hands though.
The front page on Saturday was a portrait (in words and pictures) of Oscar Pistorius, and on Sunday just a picture of the gold medal winning pair in the rowing. Page 2 is a sort of magazine page, with editorial and regular columns – no news until page 3. Otherwise, pretty much as expected.
OL 2012 on the website has a nice app, Find din lokale OL-helt, where you can find Danish team members from your local area – let’s give it up for Christina Krogshede in the handball. There’s also the full set of Jarlners OL, a column by Politiken’s international editor.
Information, a worthy daily newspaper with no UK equivalent, does a fair amount of data journalism, but, like large swathes of Denmark, its Datablog seems to have gone on holiday for July and isn’t back yet. (I have spotted several websites with ‘on holiday’ notices).
Information has no sports section but tags its content – a search for ‘OL’ brings up 1494 results, with the first page mainly news stories from newswires. Clicking on the sport tag (no OL tag is listed) gets us down to 132 results, with four articles published during #london2012. Strangely, an OL tag has now appeared with 106 results – clicking on this brings up the same four articles and then results from 2009. If you then remove the sport tag results go up to 690, with rather more articles about #london2012. The fun of tagging…
For the record – Information is on Twitter as @informeren, but you wouldn’t know it – not a sign on the website (plus he’s on holiday). Also on Facebook as Dagbladet Information, difficult to find via a search. @politiken has a more distinctive name, but is fed by its Facebook page.
*Alternative medals table (14th by total medals):
- 5th by population
- 23rd by GDP
- 17th by team size