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Journalists and entrepreneurs: Paragon Features

Last year, three Norwegian journalists bought an old bus and made it their mobile home and multimedia office. From their experimental hub they are currently documenting the lives young survivors of the Utøya massacre.

On Wednesday some of La Trobe’s Master of Global Communications students, doing the subject The Working Journalist, undertook a group interview of the Norwegian trio calling themselves Paragon Features.

Paragon Features is an independent mobile multimedia news bureau, consisting of journalist Lars Andreas Ellingsgard Øverli, and photojournalists Aleksander Andersen and Martin Slottemo Lyngstad.

Over the course of a year, and perhaps longer, these three guys will be travelling, eating, sleeping and working on board a converted 1980 Mercedes bus.

Their first and current project under the Paragon banner is creating a multimedia documentary exploring Norwegian youth culture after the 22 July massacre last year.

Watch the introduction to the documentary with English subtitles below:


The documentary To the Youth will eventually consist of six chapters, from six different locations around Norway. In each location, the Paragon crew will follow one survivor of the terror at Utøya, as well as several other young people from a wide range of communities and cultural backgrounds.

By working this way, Aleksander, Lars and Martin are aiming to make a portrait of “the Utøya generation”. They are working intensely to explore Norwegian youths’ outlook on life, the past, present and future, and thus, they are inviting the viewer to ponder the ways in which the terror of 22 July 2011 shaped their culture and consciousness.

Here’s how it went when a group of La Trobe postgraduate students met the documentarians via Skype on Wednesday:


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