Last week I was teaching a class in what I call ‘digital fact-checking’ at Yle (the Finnish public broadcaster). We were talking about how to check who owns a certain domain name, when one of the participants, a fine journalist called Jessikka Aro, said she wanted to find out the owner of Finnbay, an obscure website that has been quoted abroad as the source of some dubious ‘news’ about Finland’s relationship with Russia. Jessikka then went on to write this piece about Finnbay. Indeed, foreign media should not trust this site as a source about Finnish politics.
Today I stumbled on this Reddit thread about Finnbay, which led me to this blog post – which then reminded me about an email I received some time last year. I didn’t give it much thought at the time, as it’s not unusual to be asked to write for free these days. I just told this person that I’ve been paid to write since 2001 and don’t see a reason to start writing for free now (this blog being the exception, of course).
But as I don’t tend to delete emails, here’s Onur Yalcintas of Finnbay reaching out to me in April 2013.
I hope you are well and happy.
I am from Finnbay – Finland’s English Language webzine and city-country guide. We are currently the top company in our field hitting over 135,000 hits per month.
We are interested in collaborating with you on having you to have a column at our website to tell the world about Finland in English. This would be great exposure to reach to international community.
This would be a voluntary position to start with as we all are at Finnbay.
Please let me know if this would be of your interest.
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