Photo – Burcu BALKAN
Translated by Begüm ERGİNBAY

Started with expressing his delight in participation and atmosphere, Hıdır Geviş who directed Social Media Journalism workshop continued with sharing workshop programme.

In the first session of the workshop Bilgi University Faculty Member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erkan Saka narrated useful web tools for journalist. Meeting with blog via his professor, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saka introduced his website Stating that he decided to tend towards internet utterly after doctorate works, he said “Social media is not theoretical even if done in theory. If you are going to do social media journalism, you need to be active in social media. You should not only share but also produce” and gave advices about using social media actively. Sharing information about tools which can be used in social media, Assoc. Dr. Saka, showed tool like Reddit, Google Plus, Pinterest, Feedly, Friendfeed, Google Alerts, Storify as examples.

Hıdır Geviş

Assoc. Dr. Erkan Saka

In the second session of workshop, women rights activist in social media and investor Leyla Alaton told based on her own experiences in user perspective how the information spread, how it reached in the concept and how the continuity supplied with these people in social media. Sharing his story about meeting social media, Alaton stated that she learned new ideas and new information via social media.

Leyla Alaton

In the third session, Bilgi University Faculty Member Prof. Dr. Aslı Tunç told how social media changed understanding of journalism. Saying that “In the world new blogs gained importance in 90’s. I gained power as an alternative to mainstream media” Prof. Dr. Tunç touched upon importance of blogs in journalism. Giving examples by comparing traditional media and understanding of journalism changed by social media, Prof. Dr. Tunç touched upon the point of social media in journalism. She underlined that an information in social media should be controlled over and over again.

Prof. Dr. Aslı Tunç

CNN Turk Content Development Manager Umut Katırcı gave information about questions like how optimization done in social media, how a news spread in social media, how it transferred to large masses. Speaking about what they do in social media accounts of cnntü, Katırcı gave video examples.

Umut Katırcı