Experience with Finnbay, Finnbay

Writer Review: Experience in Writing FINNBAY’s International Political Economy Column

I started writing international political economy articles for FINNBAY while still a masters student at LSE. From the start, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much autonomy I had in the subjects I wrote about and the approach I took. Being trusted so implicitly made writing my article a joy.

Less than a year after starting at FINNBAY, I was offered the unmissable opportunity of going on a press trip to Germany and writing a travel article about the Rhine River Valley. Travel writing has always been my goal but it always seemed so unattainable. But once again, Onur Yalcintas trusted me to take on this new challenge and it resulted in the most rewarding experience of my writing career.


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A Finn Volunteering at Finnbay is No Difference to a Foreigner

I am (i think) one of the newest volunteers at FINNBAY and I am totally happy with everything so far. We have two Finns in the team and I am one of them.

I do features and travel articles at Finnbay. I got some travel experiences (all free – in 5 star hotels!) and write occasionally in the opinion section. I mostly deal with Bruce and occasionally Onur. I am happy that they started this venture as I believe this was a serious need.

To be honest, I hated the first edition (prior to September 13) where it featured blog posts (and apparently these expat bloggers spammed Finnbay with their duplicate posts from their blogs without telling Onur or anyone else). This is bad for google also as it will not rank the website by categorizing it as duplicate.

After those bloggers were sacked, Finnbay got its original material and now I am proud to be included here. I have no opposition to bloggers but come on anyone can create a blog in 1 minute and pretend like they are someone (in fact, no one reads or cares what they write) – false celebrity feeling.

Anyways, I wanted to write here to be part of this section and also to let future volunteers/workers know how it feels like being part of Finnbay.


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My Experience in FINNBAY

My name is Luis Merino from Mexico, I joined the team early March, since then all have been a great time !

Finnbay has been absolutely the starting door of many great experiences in the media area for me. Since 2009 I have been studying Finnish language and never thought that I’d need to use it away from Finland, but in Finnbay as a volunteer writer I’ve been using it.

Onur Yalcintas is absolutely a great leader in this project, he explained me very clear all what I needed to do for join this great family and once I got in, to work for him and all the Finnbay team, has been awesome.

My skills in languages have been proved many times, is not so simple to translate a note from Finnish and then to English, you really need to focus pretty well in every single word. I feel very grateful with this chance that Onur gave to me.

I hope to keep in this line, helping from the other side of the world, to give new information and personal experience about Finland


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Finnbay: One of the Best Places for Newly Post Graduates

At the first sight at Finnbay‘s job ad for Advertising Specialist, I knew that “This is it!” and grabbed the chance.

Even until now I still have no doubt that I made the right choice. Everybody I have connected to such as Bruce, or Onur the director, have been always so friendly and supportive. My replies came fast, sometimes immediately.

I didn’t have many experiences in the field, but Director Onur dedicated his precious time to train and tutor me with patience. From being a zero, in such a short time I’ve become someone with some experiences which could be so precious and hard to get from other places.

Finnbay is truly one of the best places for newly post graduates like me.

The requirement of my job included a thorough understanding of what we have here at Finnbay, and the more I dug in, the more I found myself attracted to Finnbay. It is not just a very interesting newspaper or magazine, Finnbay is something bigger that follows a great business philosophy and contribute so much for the society of Finland. That did make me feel even better about this whole team that I’m working with. Better motivation means better results.

In conclusion, other guys have already written a lot of things with which I 100% agree, therefore this should be it. It was and it is a great pleasure for me to work here at Finnbay!


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My Working Experience with Finnbay

My experience with Finnbay started when I emailed Bruce on ways to integrate my astro / pop-culture writings to a classy outlet: Finnbay. It was a warm welcome from him and later on met with Onur and others at Finnbay. Simply it has been an awesome experience for me to work at Finnbay.

I love writing. In Finland, I have my full time job and I occasionally travel back home (Australia). My full time job is not related to writing and I cannot afford to lose my journalistic side. Here and there I find the chance to put something together to publish it on Finnbay and when I see it referenced in the media here in Oz, or see in Academic networks, that’s an awesome feeling!

Finnbay is like any other places: what you give is what you get!

For those who consider being a team member at Finnbay: it is not as easy as it used to be. As I say above, what you give is what you get. After contributing to Finnbay for more than 6 months I am now eligible to hold my own projects and hire other staff members to help me and do their own thing.

Onur is warm-hearted when it comes to welcoming people to the team compared to myself and he will okay pretty much any 🙂 This is where we fight all the time! He knows that the time has proven again and again that – I am right! For me, I wish to work with people who are loyal, self-disciplined, creative, and self-sufficient journalists – a writer who needs a channel, a home. When you have many readers, advertisers will specifically come to your article not for Finnbay as a whole – as you can see this in real life by visiting few pages!

Our target at Finnbay

Our target audience at Finnbay is the bunch that are Master’s and above – those who are in a decision-making position. Are we a snob? Maybe.

In relation to news, we really care about touching the hearts of the leading people and organisations – that’s why we are mentioned by OECD, WSJ, the Economist, World Bank and the UN and so on. Shh.. not even 1 single Finnish media outlet (except YLE once in OECD) was referenced by any of the above! See what I am saying?

Contributing to Finnbay

I see Contributing to Finnbay (well established by now compared to its beginnings) has many rewards in getting your name out there.

1) You are mentioned in top organisations cause of Finnbay.

2) I am Australian and not 1 Finnish media outlet name has been heard in the US/Aussie media but Finnbay! Finnbay has achieved this in just over 7 months!

3) Your CV flourishes when you volunteer for Finnbay. When you put down Finnbay on your CV along with how many times it was mentioned in international media, any international NGO will strive to have you! True Story!

4) Finally, you will have a backup for life!

I select for Finnbay

Before joining Finnbay, from the scandal at Sydney Town Hall to the chaos after that terrible winter, there wasn’t a single story that I wasn’t on top of. While I was the new kid on the block, I managed to retain and build an ever-growing readership due to undeniably quality reporting. Then I earned a lot! Not a single media outlet I worked for gave me the money I wanted but my readers. 

Suggestions for new journalists at Finnbay

That’s why I keep saying to new-bie(s) at Finnbay: focus on your own thing! Finnbay or WSJ or others are not a magician to make your “writing” something ‘more’ than what it really is. Because it is all up to you! That’s all you have.

Of course, you need a trusted international outlet like Finnbay for credibility, reaching-out to masses and something to call home with other team members through strict loyalty. As a team, all of your writings benefit each other! Thus, blogging is never for the smart unless you are a celeb like a singer, writer, director (film, or company, or NGO etc.), Minister, or “someone” everyone (more than millions) knows and talks about every day. Otherwise, the reality is, no one will read and enjoy reading, “how delicious your omelet was this morning”.

I hope I have given you some insight on my experiences in working at Finnbay, what is valued at Finnbay, what I value and a tiny secret in being a successful writer in this digital age.

– Charlotte

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Jolly Review of FINNBAY: Cheers from Team Finnbay!

I joined Finnbay purely on voluntary basis. Finnbay is a platform for expats in Finland as well as natives who are keen to have an overview of what challenges, issues and hurdles a typical expat would face in this unique country. I have written a few articles both critical and otherwise.

The team is great to work along with especially the director, Onur, whom I have found to be very open and at the same time very sensible and professional person.

I have not met the entire team in person yet I have a strong feeling of comradeship.

Finnbay is growing fast because it is not a typical magazine. It has much more to offer. Typically, one would find socio-econimic topics, personal experiences, classifieds, tips for tourism — you name it.

I have always been appreciative of the fact that the team is dedicated and we try our best to highlight both sides of the picture when it comes to life in Finland.

Hard work and dedications surely pays off and Finnbay provides strong evidence.

I am pleased to be a part of a dedicated and friendly team who are working (with out a trace of doubt) for the betterment of the Finnish society.

And yeah, I surely intend to be a part of this fantastic team even when I am gone from here.

Cheers from Oulu!

Cheers from Team Finnbay!!!!!!


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FINNBAY Review: Interning at FINNBAY in Finland

3 months internship at Finnbay is a unique experience for me.

At first, everything was new as I had no prior experience in social media marketing. Gradually, with the guide of my supervisors-Onur and Melissa I became acquainted with many techniques for doing social media marketing.

They were friendly and helpful in training new intern like me. Besides, I had an opportunity of being a part of Finnbay team to conduct projects or campaigns for promoting company’s service via social media sites.

I would like to thank Finnbay for memorable time I had there and all experience in the field of social media and advertising.

If you are looking for a place to develop your marketing career, Finnbay is a tempting option!

– Nguyen Ngoc