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Johanna Vehkoo

Journalist in Helsinki, and Founder of Long Play, publisher of longform journalism
Finland
Helsingin Sanomat Foundation

Johanna holds a Master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from University of Tampere, Finland, where she also studied Russian language, philosophy and history of art. She wrote her Master’s thesis about the future of newspaper journalism and continues to research the same subject at RISJ. Her interest lies in finding ways to preserve quality journalism in the era of Internet.

Since 2003 Johanna has worked as literary editor of Finland’s second biggest newspaper, Aamulehti, being in charge of all book reviews, both fiction and non-fiction.

She writes mostly about literature and interviews authors, but is also prepared to cover events in pop music, theatre and film. She is also interested in development issues and has travelled to Tanzania, Vietnam, Laos and Cuba to write about them.

For the year 2009 she switched from Culture to the department of Current Affairs, working as a news reporter and sub-editor.