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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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Confrontation of Media Professionals with New Production Styles: Opportunity or Threat? (Recep Ünal & Ahmet Taylan)

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Recep Ünal & Ahmet Taylan

Confrontation of Media Professionals with New Production Styles: Opportunity or Threat?

Introduction

As new media and information technologies become widespread, both the way of our getting information is changing and the amount of information we are exposed to is increasing. On the one hand, the news production process is transformed; participatory and personalized forms of content production are turning journalism away from being a profession where only professionals are involved, and they are relatively democratizing it. On the other hand, the sharing and consumption styles of the news are redefined in a very different, broad and complex context from the old ones. In this context, the debates on the future of journalism are shaped by a wide range of approaches, which declare the death of journalism or talk about the crisis of journalism, to the ideas herald that journalism will be carried by new technologies to a new stage.

So, what does the debate about journalism and the future of the profession in the new media climate mean for media professionals? Undoubtedly, considering the impact on the news production process, new communication technologies facilitate the work of news professionals, making work practices in the field and newsrooms faster. However, on the other hand, as a result of the convergence, the employment area is shrinking due to reasons such as the integration of newsrooms, the increasing workload of journalists with the expectation of multiple skills and the increasing...

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