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JOURNALISM IN TURKEY:

PRACTICES, CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES

Edited By Devrim İnce and Yurdagül Bezirgan Arar

Journalism in Turkey has an ambivalent characteristic. On the one hand, the social demand for genuine journalism has increased, and on the other hand, news has turned into a tool within the polluted political polarization atmosphere.
In the age of fake news and post-truth, practices of journalism in Turkey both contain significantly striking examples of how media professionals overcome the barriers and also give some clues about the changing nature of journalism. The book examines the deep crisis mainstream media experience in Turkey. New-born media institutions, alternatives, their start-up strategies, and transformation of journalism field are scrutinized by qualitative and quantitative methods. The book aims to present a current picture of journalism in Turkey by underlining both historical continuities and breaks from the tradition.
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This book was prepared at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic when daily life has slowed more than ever, but history accelerated at an unprecedented level. Declaring the “end of things” in social sciences has been extremely common and a large grave had already been dug for journalism. Journalists and newspapers are on a decline in numbers, yet those talking about journalism increase day by day. It is as if journalism has turned into a cursed job which everyone knows how to do but nobody wants to do.

The mainstream media all over the world – a little more in Turkey – seems to be losing power. As highlighted, a majority of journalism studies focus on questions such as the current death of the mainstream media or whether it has already died. In fact, scholars are trying to describe how this new era is or will be, but we do not have consistent theoretical explanations other than great labels such as new media, new journalism, etc. Even the newest concepts are getting old quickly. All that is solid from news and audiences to class and circulation melt into the air.

According to various scholars, journalism is one of the integral parts of technological developments. 20 years ago, Pavlik stated that technological change would affect journalist in four dimensions as follows: the way journalists do their job and the nature of news content; the structure and organization of the newsroom and the news industry; and the nature...

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