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New Pacific Scoop internship winning journalist named

Pacific Scoop internship winner Daniel Drageset (left) with fellow prize-winners Taberannang Korauaba (Storyboard and SPASIFIK awards for diversity) and Karen Abplanalp (postgraduate scholarship) at tonight's AUT prizegiving. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Pacific Scoop internship winner Daniel Drageset (left) with fellow prize-winners Taberannang Korauaba (Storyboard and SPASIFIK awards for diversity) and Karen Abplanalp (postgraduate scholarship) at tonight’s AUT ceremony. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By the Pacific Media Centre staff

The winner of the inaugural $5000 Pacific Scoop Internship was named tonight as Daniel Drageset, 27, a Norwegian radio journalist enrolled in the Master in Communication Studies degree at AUT University.

The winner was announced by Scoop general manager and co-editor Alastair Thompson and Pacific Media Centre director and Pacific Scoop editor Professor David Robie and presented by Thompson at the School of Communication Studies annual awards tonight.

Already Drageset has notched several leading stories at Pacific Scoop as a contributor with reports on the torture of escaped prisoners in Fiji, media coverage of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea and a visiting Danish MP’s controversial attacks on Māori culture.

From Ålesund, Norway, Drageset completed his Bachelor of Journalism degree at the University College of Volda in 2008, majoring in radio journalism.

Drageset worked as an all-round radio news reporter in the nationwide public service broadcaster Radio Norge from June 2008 to January 2012.

In 2010, he received the Norwegian Radio Talent of the Year Award, winning a NZ$3200 prize. He was nominated for the best feature radio stories of the year in both 2011 and 2012, and was a highly recognisable “voice” in Norwegian radio.

“One of the appealing aspects of working at Radio Norge was the diverse tasks I was set to do. One day I could interview the prime minister, another day I could interview African prostitutes trawling the main street of Oslo trying to sell their services in biting cold weather,” he says.

Rarely heard sources
“I cherish the opportunity to voice the opinion of sources that are rarely heard in mainstream media. I found that to be true when I interviewed the African prostitutes, which were a group of people never before heard in Norwegian media.

“I have a wide range of interests, and I love to explore all kinds of topics, something I think is a vital quality to have for a journalist.”

The most dramatic moment of his career happened on 22 July 2011, when Norway experienced two terror attacks, leaving 77 people dead. Drageset was at work in the capital of Oslo when the bomb struck just 400m away from the newsroom of Radio Norge.

He is expected to take up his internship in July.

More about the Pacific Scoop internship

The internship announcement