People

Ilona
Turtola
Reporter, Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE
Country of Origin: 
Finland
Sponsor: 
Helsingin Sanomat Foundation
Date of Fellowship: 
Michaelmas Term 2016, Hilary and Trinity Terms 2017
Research Paper Title: 
Professional identity of journalists and social media. How does social media build the professional identity of journalist?

Ilona Turtola is a Finnish journalist who specialises in municipal politics as well as social and health issues. Ilona has worked for the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE since 2008 in various positions, including covering Helsinki regional news, domestic and business issues. She covers news for TV, radio and internet.

Before YLE Ilona worked at Finnish News Agency STT covering domestic news. She has also worked on various newspapers in Finland.

Ilona holds an MA from Jyväskylä University where she majored in journalism in 2006. She has also studied at Helsinki University. During her journalistic career Ilona has been interested in development cooperation issues and in connection with this, she has travelled within Nicaragua. During her high school years Ilona lived in South Africa as an exchange student.

For Ilona, knowledge of foreign languages is very important, because there are only about five million people in the world who can speak her native language Finnish. Therefore she speaks English, Swedish, Spanish, Italian and German. Ilona loves ashtanga yoga: she has practiced that since 2006.

Research Paper Title: 
Professional identity of journalists and social media. How does social media build the professional identity of journalist?