I am a 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. 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 am doing this name-dropping here mostly because my wife and daughter think it’s cool to be quoted by these outlets.
Here are three recent journalistic articles that I wrote:
- “Turkey’s Independent Journalists Need Digital Skills and Business Acumen”, Nieman Reports
- “Google’s Outrageous Support to Turkey’s Partisan Media”, the IPI
- “Two rappers bash Turkish gov’t, YouTube mutes one of them”, Journo
And here are two recent academic articles that I wrote:
- “Breaking News: A Look Into Turkey’s Polarized Mobile News Notifications”, Peter Lang
- “Evaluating One-Handed Usability of Phablets”, Springer
As a journalist at Turkey’s leading newspaper Hurriyet for 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.
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 the 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 recommendation engine.
I am currently the project editor of Journo, a non-profit platform for Turkey’s next-generation journalists supported by the Journalists’ Union (TGS) and the EU.
Since 2011, I have been the vice president of the national committee for the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), a global network for sharing a common dedication to quality journalism.
I am also conducting a Ph.D. research on media studies at Galatasaray University in Istanbul.
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.
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.