Finnish Media Study Tour

Monday + Tuesday, 23-24 September



INMA’s European News Media Study Tours are the most popular in the media industry: an immersive, walking-talking experience that provides both knowledge and flavour that a conference stage (or a Zoom meeting) can’t. INMA also brings unique, expert-level moderation, distillation, insights, and community.

Since 2015, we have criss-crossed Europe, providing unique and deep experiences with 30+ professionals annually in Stockholm, Oslo, Hamburg, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Antwerp. We aim to give media professionals a taste of Europe over time.

In 2024, we will dive into the Finnish media scene. While Norwegian and Swedish media companies are well-known for their digital excellence with media executives around the world, their Finnish counterparts are no less impressive. We’ll show you why during this study tour. But a quick search in INMA’s Best Practices Archive will give you some hints. We will visit all of Finland's leading media companies in a sustainable way, of course, just as the Finnish would have it: by train, tram, and on foot (umbrellas provided if need be).



Monday, 23 September

Day 1: Legacy Media Day

08:15 - 08:30

Meet in lobby of the Scandic Grand Central Hotel

Vilhonkatu 13, Helsinki

Meet the group in the lobby of the Scandic Grand Central at 08:15 for a sharp 08:30 departure on foot. Bring your government-issued identification card and wear comfortable shoes.

08:30 - 09:00

Group walk to Alma Media

A 700 m (9 minutes) walk from Scandic Grand Central to Alma Media.

09:00 - 10:00

Finnish media overview

Alvar Aallon katu 3 c, 00100 Helsinki

Before we dive into Alma Media; you will get an overview of the Finnish Media market. To better understand the various companies we will be visiting over the next two days and how they relate to one another.

10:00 - 12:00

Visit Alma Media

Alvar Aallon katu 3 c, 00100 Helsinki

Alma Media has successfully implemented its digital transformation strategy for over 15 years already. The company has turned from a traditional local print media company to a successfull digital media and services company, operating in 12 countries, with 82% of its turnover today being digital. Next, the company's journey continues towards advanced digital platforms, which also requires new kind of expertise from the personnel. Now the focus is on capturing the opportunities of AI in both product development and in each Alma employee's own work.
Today, Alma Media is an international company focusing on media, marketplace business and digital services. In Finland, the best-known brands are Kauppalehti, Talouselämä, Iltalehti, Etuovi.com, Nettiauto.fi and Autotalli.com In CEE Alma Media has market leading recruitment services in 11 countries. The best known brands are Prace.cz and Jobs.cz in the Czech Republic, Profesia.sk in Slovakia and Mojposao.net in Croatia.
Alma has a strong capacity for renewal and develops sustainable services combining superior content and technology – with a local heart.
And lastly, Alma Media has featured regularly in the Global Media Awards in recent years.

13:30 - 15:30

Visit Sanoma Media

Sanomahouse, Töölönlahdenkatu 2, Helsinki

Sanoma Media Finland is the leading Finnish cross-media company and a forerunner in the digital transformation of media. Sanoma reaches 97% of all Finns every week by providing trusted Finnish journalism and inspiring entertainment. Out of 2.7 million households, 900k pay for digital subscriptions. Sanoma’s flagship brands are Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat; whle other brands include Aamulehti, Me Naiset, Aku Ankka, Nelonen, Ruutu, Supla, and Radio Suomipop. Sanoma Media has also featured regularly in the Global Media Awards in recent years.

15:30 - 16:00

Group walk to Hufvudstadsbladet (formerly KsF Media)

Walking instructions on Google maps and Apple maps.

16:00 - 17:30

Visit Hufvudstadsbladet

Mannerheimintie 18, 00100 Helsinki

Hufvudstadsbladet Ab — formerly known as KSF Media — is the leading Swedish-language media company in Finland and publisher of the country's largest Swedish-language daily Hufvudstadsbladet as well as the local newspapers Västra Nyland and Borgåbladet [note: reverting to its traditional name from Östnyland in April 2024]. In addition, the company publishes the news magazine for children, HBL Junior. Since July 2023 Hufvudstadsbladet Ab is part of the Swedish media group Bonnier and works in close cooperation with Stockholm-based Dagens Nyheter.

17:30 - 17:45

Transfer to Scandic Grand Central

17:45 - 18:15

Debrief of the day

Over a well-deserved, end-of-day drink, we discuss and distill what we’ve learned during day one of the study tour.

18:15

End of Day 1 of the Finnish Media Study Tour

Participants have the evening free to explore Helsinki.

Tuesday, 24 September

Day 2: Broadcast Media and Local Media

08:15 - 08:30

Meet in lobby of the Scandic Grand Central Hotel

Vilhonkatu 13, Helsinki

Meet the group in the lobby of the Scandic Grand Central at 08:15 for a sharp 08:30 departure on foot. Bring your government-issued identification card and wear comfortable shoes.

08:30 – 09:00

Transfer to Keskisuomalainen

We transfer by tram to Keskisuomalainen Media group.

09:00 - 10:30

Visit to Keskisuomalainen Group

Helsingin Uutiset, Väritehtaankatu 8, 01300 Vantaa

Keskisuomalainen Group is a 152 years old Finnish media company with a range of 100 media around Finland, including the biggest local newspapers such as Keskisuomalainen, Savon Sanomat Sanomat and Etelä-Suomen Sanomat. Keskisuomalainen Group is also the leading publisher and distributor of local free newspapers in Finland such as Helsingin Uutiset, Länsiväylä and Vantaan Sanomat. In addition, it offers marketing communications, research, printing, and distribution services. It employs 5,000 professionals from various fields. Media group Keskisuomalainen's printed and digital newspapers, digital outdoor advertising, and radio reaches weekly 3.1 million Finns, in total 71 percent of the entire population. 2022 the company’s net sales totaled 221 million euros. Keskisuomalainen Group has grown strongly over the past 10 years. From 2010 to 2022, it has more than doubled its turnover. This growth has been based on company acquisitions in the field of local media. Digital transformation of local news media, developing new business concepts and scaling is in the focus of the company.

10:30 - 11:00

Transfer to Yle

We take the tram to Yle. Instructions on Google maps.

11:00 - 12:30

Visit Yle

Uutiskatu 8, 00240 Helsinki

Yleisradio Oy abbreviated as Yle – and pronounced Ule – and translated into English as the Finnish Broadcasting Company, is Finland's national public broadcasting company, founded in 1926. It is a joint-stock company which is 99.98% owned by the Finnish state and employs around 3,200 people in Finland. Yle shares many of its organisational characteristics with its British counterpart, the BBC, on which it was largely modeled. It was one of the first to merge all of its various media-specific newsrooms into one multi-platform, digital newsroom. Timo Kämäräinen, executive online producer and responsible for growing audiences at Yle, will tell us that story. Yle has a status that could be described as that of a non-departmental public body. It is governed by a parliamentary governing council. Yle's turnover in 2010 was €398.4 million. In 2022, Yle's annual budget was about €560 million. Yle operates three national television channels, 13 radio channels and services, and 25 regional radio stations. As Finland is constitutionally bilingual—around 5.5% of the population speaks Swedish as their mother tongue—Yle provides radio and TV programming in Swedish through its Swedish-language department, Svenska Yle. As is customary in Finland, foreign films and TV programmes, (as well as segments of local programmes that feature foreign language content, like news reports) are generally subtitled on Yle's channels.

13:30 - 14:00

Transfer to MTV

We take the tram to MTV. Instructions on Google maps.

14:00 - 15:30

Visit MTV

Konepajankuja 7, Helsinki

MTV Oy (formerly Oy Mainos-TV-Reklam Ab) is a Finnish media company owned by Telia Company through TV4 Media (formerly known as Bonnier Broadcasting). The company owns the largest commercial television channel in Finland, MTV3. In 2018, Telia Company announced the acquisition proposal of the Bonnier Broadcasting, which includes this company, for 9.2 billion SEK (roughly US$1 billion).

15:30 - 16:15

Transfer back to Scandic Grand Central Hotel

We transfer back to Scandic Grand Central Hotel by Tram (Tram 3).

16:15 - 17:00

Debrief of the Finnish Media Study Tour

Vilhonkatu 13, Helsinki

Get a debrief of the past two days and discuss the visits with fellow participants over a drink at the Scandic Grand Central Hotel.

17:00

End of the Finnish Media Study Tour

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