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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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How to Pitch David Mac Dougall

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.

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'.

SYL: Fear, frustration and betrayal over education cuts

hs.fi — Students in Finland feel betrayed and frustrated about government cuts to education, and are fearful about the future, according to SYL, the National Union of University Students in Finland.
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Sep 28, 2016

@richgalen So I saw @reedgalen's post somewhere on Twitter first, then I thought I wonder what Rich has to say about it...

Sep 28, 2016

@JonScottFNC For the record, it seems Laker the lab was not at all bothered when I left for 4 days. I was the one who was distraught!

Sep 28, 2016

@JonScottFNC I just left 10 month old labrador Laker for 4 days, first time. IT KILLED ME!!!! Never going on vacation again.

Sep 28, 2016

@EganRichardson Good. Even better, tell them about the super special underwater Pokemon and let them jump overboard.

Sep 27, 2016

Buy the book: @HeikkiHS has a new tome out, Kouleman-Tanssi (Dance of Death) about nationalism in Europe. Go get it, #Finland https://t.co/gsJImz25ZG

Sep 27, 2016

RT @VilleNiinisto: Olin tammikuussa muiden muassa kolaamassa tekopesiä norpille. Upeaa,että voimme auttaa #saimaannorppa! 86 kuuttia <3 htt…

Sep 27, 2016

RT @HSNewsmakers: This week on Newsmakers @KaariMattila from @ihmisoikeus talks human rights, education & political action against extremis…

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