Media Research Association organizes “Investigative Journalism Trainings” in cooperation with ICFJ (International Center for Journalists) in Turkey. The trainings will take place in Istanbul and Ankara in July 2021.

In the light of the downturn in democratic processes in Turkey throughout the past decade, media landscape has also been impacted lowering the quality and depth of journalism, MEDAR has initiated a project to target increasing demands for investigative journalism. The basis of the project has been developed in cooperation with ICFJ that has cultivated a deep repository of resources and tools on investigative and data journalism, throughout its decades of experience working with journalists globally. There will be held two training sessions as part of this action. Topics covered in trainings:
  • Investigative journalism and new research techniques
  • Data journalism, big data and leak journalism
  • Network thinking and geolocations
  • Online research techniques
  • Digital security
The Team involved in the training sessions: Training will be given by investigative journalists Zeynep Şentek,Doğu Eroğlu and will be moderated by Yunus Erduran. Training modules will also be prepared by the support of ICFJ trainers Rana Sabbagh, Sylke Gruhnwald, and Tessa Fox. Venue and Timing of the trainings: The trainings will be held on 2/3/4th and 9/10/11th of July, 2021 as 2 sessions; in Istanbul and in Ankara. The application deadline is the 10th of June. (Although it is not preferred in terms of efficiency of training, it can be carried out online within the scope of Covid-19 measures. Changes in training dates are possible due to the pandemic) What is expected from the participants? At the end of the training, participants will produce a copyrighted news that will be published in Turkey and international networks. Journalists participating in the training will also be guided by a mentor during the preparation process of their news. * Any questions about the Investigative Journalism Trainings can be e-mailed to [email protected]   Zeynep Şentek Zeynep Sentek is an investigative journalist specialising in financial corruption, offshore structures, human rights, workers' rights, and the environment. She works as the Network Coordinator for the London-based news outlet openDemocracy’s investigative project “Tracking the Backlash”. She is also the managing editor of the investigative news platform The Black Sea (theblacksea.eu), and is the liaison for its work with the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) network, where she is also a board member. She has a PhD in political science from Heidelberg University in Germany. Doğu Eroğlu After studying Economics at Middle East Technical University, Eroglu started working as a reporter at Cumhuriyet Daily (print) in 2011, and in late 2012 I launched witness storytelling platform Turkiye’den Siddet Hikayeleri. In 2013, Eroglu began writing columns, and then working as a full-time reporter for Daily Birgun (print). After a brief spell at Diken.com.tr (online), in 2018 Eroglu began contributing to Medyascope (online), as a multi-media investigative reporter, writing and producing videos on conflict, non-state violent organizations, political-economy of environment and energy. Dogu Eroglu is an alumnus and research fellow of the AHDA Program of  the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University in the City of New York. His first book Islamic State Networks (Tur. IŞİD Ağları) was published in 2018. Besides contributing to Medyascope, Eroglu work on independent research projects, and video productions as well. Yunus Erduran Yunus Erduran is an experienced researcher, investigative journalist & documentarist, and a social entrepreneur in Turkey. He is currently performing as the research director of the Media Research Association (MEDAR) where he has developed a series of researches on the different aspects of citizen journalism and the development of alternative media movements.