When you have an idea that you think is worth exploring, it is a great feeling to get support to take it forward. That is what happened 20 years ago when I first went to see the then Head of Business Department, Mr Markku Puustelli, with the idea for Insider. He welcomed the idea and put me in touch with Ulla Puustelli, who asked me to form a team and see what we could come up with. I pulled a few likeminded and enthusiastic classmates together to pitch the idea to them and with Ulla’s support, we soon had material to put a first issue together.
That first issue we called “Business Department News” as this is what it was created for, but giving our readers a vote, the following week’s issue was named “Insider”, and it has stuck ever since. I want to give thanks to not only Markku and Ulla, but to the original team from back then: Joonas Abraham, Heidi Blomfelt, Katja Mäkinen, Heikki Reijonen, and Piritta Helenius.
Insider has gone through some changes over the last 20 years, from black & white to colour printing, having a website, electronic issues, and using social media, but the idea is still the same – bringing student interest news and information by students for students. We even had a team of students in Mikkeli for one semester publishing a Mikkeli centred version. Speaking of students, did you know that over 200 students, full-time and exchange, from almost 40 different countries have participated in Insider over the last 20 years? An incredible international editorial team over the two decades. Other statistics you can see on our cover this week.
So once again, a big thanks to everyone that has been involved in Insider over the last 20 years, and for the next 20, special thanks also to our readers for keeping us going. So, if you have an idea, no matter how small, crazy, or impossible it might sound, share it with someone, you never know where it might lead you.
Editor in Chief
In case you were wondering, our actual birthday was 8.2.2019, but we have chosen to celebrate it on 8.3.2019 with a big party, hence this is the 20th birthday issue .