The time has come to announce the winners of the blog contest. Are you excited? We certainly are! With so much great content - text, photos and video – how would the jury be able to pick only three winners? And who would these three turn out to be?
First of all, let’s introduce the jury members:
- Tove Bjørgaas, journalist in Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (TV) and previous information advisor in FK Norway.
- Vibeke Valestrand, editor at Masterbloggen.no – a blog owned by the Association for Master Communication, which purpose is to increase accessibility of the Norwegian master students’ academic publishings.
- Audun Rundberg, advisor at Netlife Research - a Norwegian internet consultancy, dedicated to creating user-friendly solutions.
- Nita Kapoor, Director General, FK Norway.
Well, the jury has made their verdict, so let’s just skip to the important part and send a very big congratulation to these three fabulous bloggers (in no particular order):
Ranie Cetimbang, Kathinka Aakenes and Gragory Nyauchi!
And this is what the jury says about the three winners:
Ranie: His blog posts are well written expressions of a learning process and there is a strong sense of sharing with the reader. Ranie is passionate in the celebration of diversity and his blog is rich in detail and well researched with many references. That way the reader is sure to learn something and even though the blog has an educational and pedagogical focus, it is still highly entertaining.
Kathinka: She is a passionate, honest and professional blogger, yet not afraid to be personal. Her writing is filled with excellent narratives of the environment she is living in, and yet it contains lots of information so that the reader can also learn something. Her texts are powerful with lots of feelings and her blog is both engaging and interesting.
Gragory: His writing is funny, poetic and metaphoric with literary quality to it. The reader is drawn into his descriptions of what it is like being from Kenya and living in Norway, and the blog is filled with interesting reflections. Gragory manages to integrate knowledge even in the anecdotal and includes lots of good advice to his reader, eg “Convert. Don’t convert” – allowing for puns and double meanings.
Congratulations to the three winners - you are all such excellent writers and we are humbled that you choose to share your knowledge and insights on FK World!
And of course a big, big, big thank you to all the rest of you wonderful people. Thank you for writing, sharing pictures and videos, for letting us into your world both during and after exchange.
Information sharing Promoted to Achieve Development (IPAD)
The three winners will each receive an iPad, which – in the words of Bwire Patrick – stands for Information sharing Promoted to Achieve Development (IPAD). Like Bwire, we hope that the fantastic increase in the number of FK blogs will continue and that “this contest will nourish the energy & wisdom to blog for a transformation in this world”.
We in FK Norway truly believe that blogging can be used to add value to your exchange. Blogging on FK World is not only a great way of keeping friends and family updated on your life abroad, it is also a way of sharing ideas and learning new perspectives. FK Norway creates development by bringing people together to learn, share and understand - which is exactly what all of you are doing here on FK World. When we get to know each other’s realities, we can change the attitudes and values that are obstacles on the road to a more just world.
And that is what FK Norway is all about.