About Me

I am an award-winning journalist and researcher who has been an executive at one of the largest media groups in Europe for more than 10 years during which I led digital strategy, user engagement and organization design.

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, 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 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 travelled 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.

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.

My main focuses of interest include measuring value of user and content, building public trust, audience development and change management.

With these focuses, I have managed teams ranging from five to more than 200 people from multiple disciplines in various corporate projects like those for the creation of innovative storytelling formats or improving our personalization engine’s geotargeting capabilities.

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

As long as my children let me during my free time, I like writing short stories, reading Ottoman poetry, watching Russian cinema, listening to Tom Waits and playing Europa Universalis. Not simultaneously, if possible.

I am a volunteer for the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), a global network for sharing a common dedication to quality 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.

You can contact me at ekizilkaya@gmail.com