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.