FREELANCE JOURNALIST KAISA VIITANEN
I am Kaisa Viitanen, freelance journalist. I believe in storytelling, narrative feature journalism and I never stop my search for new, unheard stories to tell.
After some years in Amsterdam I have returned back to original home town Helsinki. I still love the Dutch canal city and will often travel there for work. There I find endlessly ideas for travel stories, café and food reportages and interior articles.
My background is in magazine journalism. I worked for 11 years for Finland´s biggest women´s weekly magazine Me Naiset, mostly writing reportages on social issues. I have also worked in content marketing in the Finnish company called Era Content.
Now I am a freelancer, make video scripts and write for Finnish media about a wide range of things, including food, families and modern African art. Here in my webpege you will find examples of my work in Finnish and an introduction of my immigration related books.
My passion is immigration. I want to understand how and why people move. With Finnish photographer Katja Tähjä we first followed undocumented migrants in seven European Union member countries. We met women, men and children who live without residence permits in a constant fear of getting caught and being deported. These people are the real outlaws and survivors of our time.
Our first book, Undocumented Lives is the first European photo documentary book about paperless people and their everyday life. In Finnish the first book is called Paperittomat (Paperless) and it was published in 2010 by publisher HS-Kirjat. In Finland the book has won several awards.
For the second book we wanted to find out what happens to those people who have been deported forcibly against their own will. This book is called Karkotetut (Deported) and it is unfortunately at the moment only in Finnish. The book was published in 2016.