I am an editor and researcher who was a journalist and a manager at one of the largest media groups in Europe for more than 10 years during which I led digital content strategy and user engagement.
I am a Vice-Chair and an Executive Board member of the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), a global network that shares a dedication to quality journalism.
In Turkey, I am managing Journo, a non-profit news platform for the next-generation, supported by the Journalists’ Union (TGS) and the EU.
- I was selected by Harvard University for Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship in 2019.
- I was awarded as the Digital Journalist of the Year in 2018 by the Turkish Journalists’ Association.
- 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 co-produced “Turkey’s News Deserts“, which was ranked in the Top 100 in Sigma Awards 2022, a competition to celebrate the best data journalism from around the world.
I wrote opinion articles for the daily Hürriyet in Turkish and in English for more than 10 years. I also contributed to international publications including Nieman Reports, the Huffington Post, and Al-Monitor.
Here are the three selected publications I authored (click the covers to read):
I am also conducting a Ph.D. research on media studies at Galatasaray University in Istanbul. Here are the two academic articles that I authored or co-authored:
- “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 Hürriyet 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 large-scale corporate undertakings in multidisciplinary areas as digital transformation, content strategy, and data analytics.
Both in the business and academia, my main focuses of interest include measuring the value of user and content, choice architecture, building public trust through UX, analyzing digital communities, 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, designing new editorial metrics, and improving our content recommendation engine.
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.