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David Mac Dougall

Helsinki, Finland
Editor, News Now Finland
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 in Finland. Editor @newsnowfinland. Sometimes: @MTVUutiset, @HSFI, @BBCRadioScot, @STVNews. Before: @AP, @FoxNews, @ForeignOffice

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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, n...

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@davidmacdougall — 11,854 followers, 46,991 tweets

@Alakantti It's just interesting the form of words chosen, from a journalism perspective. I had a whole discussion with a friend recently about the word "regime" or "ruling party" to describe a legitimate government. Good journo debate :-)
"Finland's Niinistö wins by big margin. He easily secures an expected second term as leader with no serious challenger in the race." Somehow that headline sounds completely benign from the #Finland presidential elections in January. And yet when it's written about Russia... https://t.co/W8nG7qnjbx
@journodave I personally dislike both Aja and Shangela with a passion. So literally anyone else. Even grumpy old La Guardia, Newark, Kennedy Davenport I would have been happier with. Halleloo!
@NiiloSimojoki I remember saying the same thing in Helsinki on January 28th...
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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.