Medialog debates new media challenges at İstanbul conference

Date posted: October 11, 2013


The Medialog Platform, which operates under the umbrella of the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV), brought together communication academics and media experts to discuss new challenges that the media is facing in the digital age, at the International Communication Faculties Conference in İstanbul on Friday.

In his opening speech at the day-long conference, the secretary-general of the Medialog Platform, Tercan Ali Baştürk, emphasized the role of the media in improving democracy by supporting an informed society. According to him, prioritizing the interests of the community in news stories helps societies democratize. Baştürk said that new media especially will have an important mission in terms of protecting and developing human rights and freedom of expression.

The editor-in-chief of Today’s Zaman, Dr. Bülent Keneş, gave a presentation on the challenges of the media in the digital age, and he provided reasons to be both hopeful and concerned about the future of conventional media. According to Keneş, “We should fulfill the prerequisites for the kind of journalism that would appeal to the generation of ‘digital natives’ who are 20 years old or younger.” He said that the main actors in the media sector assert that printed newspapers may live longer if the right measures are taken. At the top of these measures is the need for a shift toward investigative journalism and exclusive, unique content in an effort to raise the bar on the quality and dignity of journalism, according to Keneş.

Talking on the nature of the new readership, Keneş further said: “Readers around the world are increasingly going on a sort of information diet. Leading newspapers tend to place emphasis on value rather than on volume.” For Keneş, newspapers will only survive if they adopt to new circumstances.

Professor Aydemir Okay, the dean of İstanbul University’s Faculty of Communication, said that today, in contrast to traditional media, we have begun to talk about a “new media” that includes multiple means of communication and an increasing level of interaction.

The vice director of Kazakhstan TV, Marat Raimkanov, said that such meetings constitute a bridge of cooperation and dialogue between Western and Eastern media.

Baştürk also described the conference as a “Eurasia meeting,” as it brought together people from over 20 countries in Europe and Asia. The conference gathered experts from countries including Turkey, Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Source: Today's Zaman , October 11, 2013

Related News

Gulen Movement, civilian governments and the AK Party

The Gulen movement’s understanding of politics and the political process differentiate it from the military and bureaucratic elite. Its main political objective is to transform society by raising the moral consciousness of individuals. By raising moral consciousness, the movement hopes to cleanse the bureaucracy of widespread corruption, increase the efficiency and transparency of state institutions, reinvigorate public work ethic to serve the people in order to enhance the legitimacy of the state, and create opportunity spaces for marginalized sectors of the Anatolian population.

The Gülen community and the AKP

TAHA AKYOL The Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV), which is in line with Fethullah Gülen, has issued an announcement on relations with the ruling party. It is certain that Gülen made the last retouches on the text himself. Gülen defines the movement shortly as “Hizmet” (translated roughly as “service” in English). I asked those who […]

Witch-hunt-targeted mother dies in Kabul, family could not attend funeral in Turkey

İsmail Eyüpoğlu (42), who has been living abroad for 25 years, lost his wife early in the morning on Saturday, February 3. He was straddled between the idea of going back to Turkey with his children and bid farewell to his wife for 18 years in her last journey and on the other hand, the fear of being arrested at the airport and sadden his two children.

Peruvian congress members speak about sociopolitical issues at PII in New York

Considering the recent developments in Turkey, many could find significant similarities between Turkey’s challenges with democratic transition and Latin American politics.

Black propaganda websites granted legal shield

Circles close to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government have been accused of conducting a large-scale black propaganda war against the Hizmet movement, which was inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen; media outlets close to the movement; and journalists critical of the government.

Parents react to auditor, police raid of Hizmet-inspired school

In yet another government-backed operation targeting the Gülen movement (Hizmet movement), four tax inspectors from the Finance Ministry and a number of police officers conducted a raid on Saturday at a private school affiliated with the movement in the southern province of Adana, leading to protests from parents of the school’s students.

Latest News

This notable Pocono resident has been living here in exile since 1999

Logistics companies seized over Gülen links sold in fast-track auction

That is Why the Turkish Government could Pay 1 Billion Euros

ECtHR rules Bulgaria violated rights of Turkish journalist who was deported despite seeking asylum

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences in the Wake of the Western European Floods

Pregnant woman kept in prison for 4 months over Gülen links despite regulations

Normalization of Abduction, Torture, and Death in Erdogan’s Turkey

Turkey’s Maarif Foundation illegally seized German-run school in Ethiopia, says manager

Failed 2016 coup was gov’t plot to purge Gülenists from state bodies, journalist claims

In Case You Missed It

Tonyaa Weathersbee: Various forms of Islam revealed in Turkey

Recruiting based on ‘color lists’ breach of Constitution

Turkey seeks three consecutive life sentences for Zaman journalists on coup charges

Pathology of ‘Islamicist’ Erdogan Regime

Hate speech in politics and media

US, Turkish charities hold blanket drive

PakTurk School lauded for serving a wide range of students

Copyright 2021 Hizmet News