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The purpose of NLTR Research Hub is to conduct research on the future of journalism and to create new discussions.

Why were we founded?

The media is at the center of a technological, financial and political crisis. While the newsrooms are trying to keep up with this change, the academy is trying to understand this change by transforming their skill sets. NewsLabTurkey Research Hub emerged to meet these needs at a time when the academy had difficulties in understanding the media and the media professionals and entrepreneurs needed help to understand their own problems.

What do we do?

Our research unit publishes technical reports and research on different problems and developments in the journalism industry. We also provide research and consultancy services to non-governmental organizations and commercial organizations in the field of media and communication. Our aim is to contribute to sectoral progress by conducting research with semi-academic pragmatic approaches in the field of journalism.

Dr. Sarphan UZUNOĞLU


Dr. Sarphan Uzunoglu is the research hub coordinator and founder of NewsLabTurkey.org; and project coordinator of various projects of this organization. Besides these roles, Uzunoğlu is recently working as an Adjunct Professor at Bilgi University and offers courses about journalism, news production and media management. Uzunoğlu completed his PhD studies in 2017 with a thesis on precarious labor practices in journalism at Galatasaray University.

Previously Uzunoglu worked at Lebanese American University Multimedia Journalism Department as an Assistant Professor; and UiT Arctic University of Norway Media and Documentation Department as an Associate Professor. Uzunoglu also worked as a Lecturer Dr. at Kadir Has University, Public Relations and Publicity Department. In the past, Uzunoğlu has contributed to newspapers such as Evrensel and Akşam, and to magazines such as Mesele and Kaos GL.

Hazal Sena KARACA


Hazal Sena Karaca works as a research assistant at NewsLabTurkey and is a PhD student in Media and Communication Studies at Marmara University. She holds a BA in New Media from Kadir Has University and MA in Europe and International Relations from Turkish German University. In 2018, she was awarded Jean Monnet Scholarship by the European Union and obtained her second MA degree in Digital Media from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her dissertation is a critical discourse analysis of Turkey’s information society policies with a specific focus on the relationship between power, technology and discourse.

Prior to NewsLabTurkey, she worked in the mobile gaming and ad tech industry as a product manager and COO. Her research interests include digital activism, AI and its social implications, creative technologies, and user experience design. She is also passionate about data analytics and visualisations.

How to contact us

NewsLabTurkey Research Hub is based in Caferağa Mahallesi Şair Nefi Sokak No:46/5 Kadıköy / İstanbul. Our email address is research@newslabturkey.orgDue to the coronavirus and our working regime, email is the best way to contact our researchers.

  • For your inquiries regarding partnership you can contact Hazal Sena Karaca (hazalsena@newslabturkey.org).
  •  If you are a journalist seeking information or comment for one of your stories, contact Sarphan Uzunoğlu or Hazal Sena Karaca (sarphan@newslabturkey.org & hazalsena@newslabturkey.org).