Organized by the International Press Institute (IPI) Turkey National Committee and co-hosted by Izmir University of Economics on its campus in Izmir on November 11, 2022, IPI’s second annual Turkey Media Symposium, entitled “Media Economy and Financial Sustainability”, will bring together a new generation of young journalists and journalism students from across Turkey with international and local experts, journalists from the digital, visual, and print media sectors.

Through panels organized around timely themes such as “Financial Sustainability of Local Media,” “Reporting from the Field as a Freelancer” and “Financing Investigative Journalism” participants will have a rare opportunity to engage with one another and debate how to build a new dynamic and sustainable media environment for Turkey.


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Friday, November 11

9:30 – 10:00  Opening Remarks

Prof. Dr. Çiğdem Kentmen Çin, Izmir University of Economics, Vice President
Prof. Dr. Ebru Uzunoğlu, Izmir University of Economics, Dean of Faculty of Communication
İpek Yezdani, International Press Institute (IPI) Turkey National Committee Vice Chair

10:00 – 11:00  Session I: Financial Sustainability of Local Media

  • What is the substance of quality local journalism? Who is to finance it and how?
  • Debates of digital revenue models in local journalism
  • Importance of concepts: readers, viewers, users, subscribers, clients, the public, advertisers

Moderator: Mustafa KuleliEuropean Federation of Journalists (EFJ) Vice-President and Turkey’s Journalists’ Union (TGS) Executive

Panellists: Dilek Gappi, İzmir Association of Journalists, Dokuz Eylül Newspaper, Murat Attila, İz Gazete, Özer Akdemir, Evrensel Ege

11:15 – 12:00  Session II: Q&A with Reha Başoğul

  • Challenges and solutions with income and cost approaches to the sustainability of digital media

Moderator: Mustafa Kuleli, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) Vice-President and Turkey’s Journalists’ Union (TGS) Executive

Panellist: Reha Başoğul, Sözcü Newspaper, Chief Digital Officer (CDO)

12:00 – 13:00  Session III: A Gig on a Budget: Reporting from the Field as a Freelancer

  • The pros and cons of freelance work
  • Sustainable reporting from the field and objective journalism
  • How is freelance journalism to be financed?

Moderator: İpek Yezdani, IPI Turkey National Committee

Panellists: Alexandra de Cramer, Freelance Journalist, Şebnem Arsu, Freelance Journalist (The New York Times, Der Spiegel)

13:00 – 14:00  Break

14:00 – 15:15  Session IV: Financing Investigative Journalism

  • Importance and challenges of investigative journalism in today’s world
  • Fluctuation in media income sources and its effect on investigative journalism
  • Is a sustainable financial model possible for investigative journalism?
  • What should future investigative journalists be prepared for?

Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Altuğ Akın, Izmir University of Economics, Department of New Media and Communication

Panellists: Hale Gönültaş, Freelance Journalist, Özge Mumcu Aybars, Writer, um:ag Executive Board Member, Alican Uludağ, Investigative Journalist (Deutsche Welle Turkish)

Renan Akyavaş, IPI Investigative Journalism For Europe (IJ4EU) Presentation

15:15 – 16:00  Session V: A Case from Europe: Hungary

Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Altuğ Akın, Izmir University of Economics, Department of New Media and Communication

Panellist: Peter Erdelyi, Director, Editor

Language: English

16:15 – 17:30  Session VI: “A Dark Place” – Documentary screening followed by Q&A with the film director
See the trailer

Moderator: Renan Akayavaş, IPI Turkey Programme Coordinator

Panellists: Javier Luque Martinez, IPI Head of Digital Communications, Šejla Jusufović, Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

Language: English

17:45 – 19:00 Cocktail/Networking