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David Mac Dougall

Helsinki, Finland
Freelance Journalist — Freelance
Covers:  finland, nordic, baltic, politics immigration, nato, arctic, environment, arts, culture, education, defence, lifestyle, sweden, norway, iceland, denmark, estonia, tourism, scandinavia, music, faroes
Doesn't Cover: economy, finance, business, startups, entrepreneurs

Scottish journalist & broadcaster. Host of Newsmakers on Helsingin Sanomat's HSTV. Ex @AP, @FoxNews & @ForeignOffice. Tweets about #suomirugby may contain bias.

I'm a Helsinki-based journalist and broadcaster covering diverse stories that grab my attention across the Nordic & Baltic region, with a broad interest in politics, environment, lifestyle, crime, arts, minorities, immigration, tourism and education.

I used to be a conflict zone journalist, now I'm a comfort zone journalist. I was based in Iraq for almost 6 years as a Fox News correspondent, reporting also for Sky News and ...

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Helsinki-based journalist and broadcaster. Presenter of HSTV's English-language current affairs show Newsmakers. Contributor - of varying frequency - to Helsingin Sanomat, Politico Europe, Forbes, STV, VICE, BBC Radio Scotland and Finland's MTV News.

What advice can you offer to aspiring journalists?

Embrace social media, but don't ignore good old fashioned shoe leather, hand shaking & coffees to cultivate face-to-face contacts & sources.

Baltic Security Tensions: Åland demilitarization is ”outdated”

hs.fi — As Sweden boosts its military presence in Gotland, Finland should be having a discussion about how to defend the Åland Islands against possible Russian provocation. That's the conclusion of Charly Salonius-Pasternak, Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, speaking on HSTV's weekly English-language current affairs show Newsmakers.

Professor Teivainen: Stubb will be a lame duck if he survives

hs.fi — National Coalition Party Chairman Alexander Stubb will be a "lame duck" if he somehow survives an upcoming leadership challenge. That's the view of Helsinki University's Professor of World Politics Teivo Teivainen. Speaking on Newsmakers, HSTV's weekly English-language current affairs show, Professor Teivainen says that finance minister Stubb has "become a disappointment for many people, especially inside the party".

Clashes on rights, land use; progress on culture, define Sami relationship with Finland

hs.fi — The head of the City-Sámit association says that Finland might make the right signals about being supportive of Sami rights, but in practice, it is "not completely true". Hanna Helander makes the comments on the new episode of Newsmakers, HSTV's English-language current affairs show.

Millennium Technology Winner: Young women should choose science over celebrity - and here’s why

hs.fi — The winner of the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize say she 'racks her brains' thinking how to get more girls involved in science at a young age. Professor Frances Arnold makes the comments on this week's episode of Newsmakers, HSTV's weekly English-language current affairs show.

High tech, low key: the secret behind Helsinki’s newest old attraction

hs.fi — Finnish cities should embrace change, preserve history, re-purpose brownfield sites for high profile building projects, and create more affordable housing. That's the opinion of Aki Davidsson, the noted architect behind the development of the new Helsinki City Museum, speaking on HSTV's weekly English-language current affairs show Newsmakers.

Eurovision: Politics, Vote Buying and Counting to 12 in French

hs.fi — It's been ten years since Finland won the Eurovision Song Contest, when Lordi memorably captured the votes with their 'Hard Rock Hallelujah' anthem. So has the event changed in the last decade?

SDP's Skinnari: Finland like a Baltic country compared to Sweden

hs.fi — Social Democrat MP Ville Skinnari says levels of infrastructure spending in Finland are so low, that it makes Finland seem "like a Baltic country" compared to Sweden. The Lahti politician makes the comments on the latest episode of HSTV's English-language current affairs show Newsmakers.

Keskusta MP Kurvinen: Our members in cities have low self-esteem

hs.fi — Keskusta politician Antti Kurvinen says he thinks fellow Centre Party activists in urban areas "don't have self-esteem" and "are a little bit afraid to say they are centrists". The freshman MP makes his comments today on the new episode of HSTV's English-language current affairs show Newsmakers.

Russia Sanctions: Is Europe starting to falter? - Watch HSTV's Newsmakers

hs.fi — Western sanctions against Russia are having an impact, but have not been effective in changing policies on Ukraine and Crimea. That's the view of David Cadier, a Russia expert and visiting Senior Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, as EU leaders decide whether to extend sanctions against Vladimir Putin's government, or let them lapse, in the coming months.

Fresh ideas, more contenders expected in challenge to Alex Stubb's reign

hs.fi — Finance Minister Alex Stubb faces a political fight from within his own party, as Elina Lepomäki challenges him to be the new National Coalition Party leader. This week on Newsmakers, Harri Jaskari talks to David Mac Dougall about what it means for the party, how many other candidates are expected to run for the job, and why the veteran MP is part of 'Team Elina'.
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Oct 25, 2016

RT @CorporalFrisk: @davidmacdougall Must say it's rare to see a labrador manage to look that depressed :-)

Oct 25, 2016

@vehkoo Hmmm... of course some "rumours" are true. There have been thefts, assaults, arrests, drug crimes, caused by asylum seekers...

Oct 25, 2016

@CorporalFrisk Exactly! And she's only 1 year old so EVERYTHING makes her happy! LOL! But not this morning... poor puppy :-(

Oct 25, 2016

@vehkoo Wonderful initiative! Just checking, will the website also list real news where migrants HAVE committed crimes, verified by police?

Oct 25, 2016

@charlyjsp @kimgron But you have to get every country in Europe to do it. Finland couldn't just decide by itself. Otherwise it's Venezuela.

Oct 25, 2016

@charlyjsp @kimgron And every time there is some UK discussion about switching to CET (which won't happen post-brexit) scotland resists.

Oct 25, 2016

@charlyjsp @kimgron When they tried NOT moving clocks back in autumn at some point, the number of traffic & pedestrian accidents goes up.

Oct 25, 2016

@charlyjsp @kimgron It's not all about farming. Scotland has resisted regular UK calls to go to CET due to road traffic safety.

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