Journalist in Istanbul, Turkey


Journalist in Istanbul, Turkey

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I am an editor and researcher who has been a journalist and a manager at one of the largest media groups in Europe for more than 10 years during which I led digital content strategy and user engagement.

I am a Vice-Chair and an Executive Board member of the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), a global network that shares a dedication to quality journalism.

In Turkey, I am managing Journo, a non-profit news platform for the next generation, supported by the Journalists’ Union (TGS) and the EU.

I was selected by Harvard University for Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship in 2019.

I was awarded the Digital Journalist of the Year in 2018 by the Turkish Journalists’ Association.

I co-produced Turkey’s first VR news video, which was highlighted in 2017 among “Best Practice” by the U.S.-based International News Media Association (INMA).

I was quoted or interviewed by international media outlets, including The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, BBC, Reuters, AP, AFP, Corriere Della Sera, Le Figaro, and The Intercept.

I wrote opinion articles for the daily Hürriyet in Turkish and in English for more than 10 years. I also contributed to international publications including Nieman Reports, the Huffington Post, and Al-Monitor.

I am also conducting a Ph.D. research on media studies at Galatasaray University in Istanbul.

As a journalist at Turkey’s leading newspaperHürriyetfor more than 15 years, I interviewed presidents, prime ministers, and business leaders around the world.

I reported from Syria as the war started, I’ve been to Brussels for NATO’s key meetings, I was in San Francisco when same-sex marriage was legalized and I traveled to many other places from Berlin to New York to study the latest practices in New Media.

I am still not convinced that anywhere else can be as interesting as Istanbul.

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