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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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Between Craftsmanship and Journalism: Survival of Local Press in Turkey’s Province (Mesut Yücebaş)


Mesut Yücebaş

Between Craftsmanship and Journalism: Survival of Local Press in Turkey’s Province


At first glance, there seems to be no link between journalism and craftsmanship. Journalism is a relatively new profession. Craftsmanship, on the other hand, involves working on the basis of hand-workmanship, but it corresponds to a social occupational identity level. It can be argued that there is a sharp contrast between these two ways of working – the professional and the traditional. However, the argument of the study hereby is that the ways of working as craftsmanship significantly affect professional work codes, especially at the local level. Based on the example presented here, it seems possible to include the fact that the journalist and the boss are not separated, that the subtle qualities of the research have been obtained through a years-long experience, and that the occupation and private life are not separated, among these effects.

Journalism is undoubtedly a relatively new profession compared to the long history of craftsmanship. Moreover, it has a type of work (job) that contrasts with the traditional content of craftsmanship. Today, journalism profession is a modern form of work that is divided into professional segments, includes routine contents and requires specialization. On the other hand, the newspaper, which is the final product of the work, has also been standardized. In addition, the functioning of the work in the media organization is shaped by the socialization and relationalization practices that are pointed out...

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