NewsLabTurkey aims to educate and inform individuals and corporate actors in Turkey’s journalism industry on practices of journalism.
We have two different operations that serve our aim: Our digital operation and our training sets. Our digital operation focuses on contemporary debates in the journalism industry, emerging journalism technologies, and emerging finance models within the industry. Our training sets, on the other hand, are offered by a team of young and innovative trainers that are experts in their field.
We are supported by The Guardian Foundation, The Consulate General of Sweden in İstanbul and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung İstanbul office. We position NewsLabTurkey as a digital academy that provides journalism industry and journalism students resources that are not available in communication faculties of the universities in Turkey or regular workplace training.
- Promoting professionalism in Turkey’s media landscape.
- Promoting technological advancements rooted in Turkey’s media industry.
- Promoting freedom of speech and open debate in Turkey’s media landscape.
- Educating Turkey-based media professionals in their field.
- Providing education sets for Turkey-based digital news outlets on new media and content management.
- Providing consultancy to media and civil society actors in Turkey.
Website (NewsLabTurkey.org): As a part of our routine digital activities, we have published original articles and translations in the following categories: Business models, digital security, journalist’s toolbox, newsroom, social network & community building. We displayed a solution-oriented approach in our work. We provided Turkish journalists and media entrepreneurs with the information they needed for establishing their own newsrooms or keeping their newsrooms sustainable and trendy in the constantly changing media environment. We made translation agreements with institutions that shape the journalism education sphere such as Poynter and Niemanlab.
Video-training module: We launched our Youtube channel in September 2019. Besides producing some video contents on the journalism industry in Turkey such as video stories focusing on minority newspapers in Turkey, we have recently launched our video-driven training modules on 23rd December 2019. These 17 different modules are focused on data journalism and data visualization and they can be accessed from here. In the night of our video-driven data journalism training project’s premiere, many scholars and journalists from diverse communities in Turkey congratulated our project and stated that they expect more video-driven trainings like this.
Newsletter: We created the most prestigious journalism studies and journalism industry related newsletter in Turkey: NewsLabTurkey ne okuyor? (What do we read). We have already sent 59 weekly newsletters covering trending issues and common debates in the journalism industry have been sent under our weekly newsletter. Every week, 50-75 new subscribers subscribe to our newsletter. We also post our weekly newsletter on our website and it is read by around 3K people on average every week. We believe that we have more than 5 thousand subscribers to our newsletter by mid-2020.
Podcast Training: With the support of The Guardian Foundation, Swedish Consulate General and Swedish Institute, we organized a podcast training btw 13-15 December 2019 in İstanbul Bilgi University. Our trainers coming from Swedish Podcast Company Soundtelling offered the training to 22 podcasters coming from different cities of Turkey.
Female Journalists News Academy: In May 2019, we organized Female Journalists News Academy with the support of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Kadir Has University. In this 4-day training program female reporters and media entrepreneurs were offered trainings about following topcics: Business models, social network management, digital storytelling, SEO and content management, digital security, web design, ethics, news-writing, mobile journalism.
NLTR Academy: Our training program that we named NLTR Academy, backed by the Guardian Foundation, will start on January 25th 2020. Within the program, we will train 22 media entrepreneurs on 15 diferent topics and provide them with mini-grants for starting their projects or realizing their short-term objectives with their pre-existing projects.