Journalist in Istanbul, Turkey


Journalist in Istanbul, Turkey

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I'm the executive editor of Turkey's most reputable English newspaper, which is now a part of one of the largest media groups in Europe.

I've been selected by Harvard University for Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship in 2019 and I was awarded as the Digital Journalist of the Year in 2018 by Turkish Journalists' Association, which is the oldest of its kind in Turkey. One of my works on video was highlighted in 2017 as "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, AFP, Associated Press, Corriere della Sera, Le Figaro and Süddeutsche Zeitung. I am doing this name-dropping here mostly because my wife and daughter think it's cool to be quoted by these outlets.

As a journalist, I interviewed presidents, prime ministers and business leaders around the world. I reported from Syria right after the war started, I've been to Brussels whenever NATO met for a crucial event, I was in San Francisco when same-sex marriage was legalized in California and I travelled to many other places from Berlin to New York to study the latest research and practices in New Media and technology. I am still not convinced that anywhere else can be as interesting as Istanbul.

As a media executive, I led not only award-winning journalism projects but also large-scale corporate undertakings in multidisciplinary areas as digital transformation, content strategy and data analytics. managing or coordinating more than 200 people at one point.

I believe that my strongest skills are creativity, adaptability and collaboration.

I am a volunteer for the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, journalists and media executives who share a common dedication to quality, independent journalism. I also support the Ankara-based Foundation for Children with Leukemia (LÖSEV).

Before a career spanning more than 15 years, I was born in 1982, the year that some think as the end of the wonderful Generation X and the beginning of the pesky Millennials.

I believe in the future.

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    • ekizilkaya@gmail.com