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A segregated city

Showing the real face of society is one of the most important missions for the press. This can fuel debate and make people aware of injustices. With the project Klassresan (the class journey) Aftonbladet showed how segregated the Swedish capital Stockholm really is.

“Klassresan” tells the story of segregation in Stockholm by following the most segregated subway line in the city: the red line from Norsborg to Ropsten. The line is like a mirror of the society and going from one end to the other, you pass through the wealthiest and the poorest parts. Along the trip the team visualizes facts about people and living condition at each station and combines it with interviews with people living along the line, illustrated with graphs. “Klassresan” exposes segregation in the capital city and when it’s over the reader/viewer has got a new impression of Sweden of today.

Klassresan, and articles connected to the digital storytelling, reached more than two million readers. The Swedish prime minister and leader of the social democratic party, and the leader of the conservative party, both applauded the project. The interviews will also become an exhibition at the Stockholm city museum.

Joachim Kerpner is one of the creators behind the series: ”The segregation along the red line is shockingly obvious. When I travelled south I was able to see who would leave before Mälarhöjden and who would stay on further down the line, to stations where many foreign born live. It was like punch in the stomach.”

The project was a ground braking digital effort and it was awarded best innovative entry at Schibsted Journalism Award 2017.