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#Journalism agenda: “a darker side of Westerners writing about foreign fake news factories…

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2017 at 12:52

The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.

“The unflattering light of conventional eastern European stereotypes.” Let’s not pretend we’re being completely neutral when we write about foreign fake news factories like those in Macedonia, writes Lalage Harris in The Calvert Journal (h/t Adrian Chen).

The project will document the learnings from each Pop-Up Newsroom to allow anyone in the industry to build on the findings

Since its early days, Quartz has built its brand on in part on infusing coding into its reporting. Now, the organization is close to making it easier for other organizations to bring a similar spirit to their own newsrooms.

At the Online News Association conference next month, Quartz plans to unveil a suite of Slack-based tools designed to simplify the process of creating bots to follow certain pages or data. With the tool, a local crime reporter, could, for example, create a bot that monitors the local police department’s website and alerts them whenever there’s an update. Technology and finance reporters could do the same with bots that monitor SEC filings. Quartz is building the tools, which it teased last year, thanks to the $250,000 grant it got from the Knight Foundation in late 2016.

How would Gawker be covering the Trump era were it still around in 2017? It’s a question on the minds of many today, a year to the day after CEO Nick Denton announced the site was shutting down.

That question is tied up in the larger one about how Gawker, a site with significant numbers of both detractors and supporters, should be remembered. One take that’s getting a lot of attention is this Washington Post tribute by University of Maine professor Michael J. Socolow, who accurately concluded that Gawker’s legacy in death is just as complicated as its journalistic was role in life.


Glen Mulcahy, head of innovation, RTÉ Tech, explains how advances in technology will change both the way journalists work and audiences consume content

The BBC World Service already publishes in 28 languages around the world. On Monday, it makes a foray into unusual territory: launching a full-fledged news service delivered in Nigerian Pidgin, a largely oral language spoken widely both in Nigeria and in countries across West and Central Africa.

Last May Digital Content Next, a trade organization that represents many of the big digital media companies, launched TrustX, a curated, automated ad-buying marketplace designed to offer advertisers a more consistent, brand-safe way to purchase ad innovatory. Nearly thirty digital publishers — including Hearst, Conde Nast, Vox Media, and Time Inc. — joined the effort, hoping to aid in the attempt to rebuild trust in the digital advertising ecosystem.

In 2017, the one thing every digital-native news outlet needs is a newsletter (not an app)

Newsletter > Apple News > podcast > app: In terms of how digital-native news outlets get their information out, the newsletter wins. That’s according to a digital news fact sheet from Pew Research Center, released Monday. It looks at 36 news outlets that originated online and have at least 10 million unique visitors per month (list of outlets, from to, here).

Facebook is paying its factcheckers now (and giving them more work). Facebook rolled out an update this week that will surround popular articles in the News Feed with related articles — “part of Facebook’s strategy to limit the damage of false news without censoring those posts,” reports The Wall Street Journal’s Deepa Seetharaman. The article also notes that Facebook has started paying its factchecking partners (like Snopes and PolitiFact), who “will start seeing more articles in their queues.”

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New photo from Facebook August 23, 2017 at 01:35PM

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2017 at 12:37

“Şehir Hayatı” by Mohamed Said. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

#istanbul news: “6,000-year-old Neolithic remains discovered in central Istanbul…

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2017 at 11:27



Serdar Bilgili Is Telling The New Story Of Istanbul, One Portrait At A Time

If you walk northwest along Vali Konağı Caddesi, one of the major avenues running through Istanbul’s Nişantaşı neighborhood, a particularly striking
Some 386 “night watchmen” started patrolling the streets of Istanbul from late Aug. 13, which state-run Anadolu Agency described as a bid to “enhance safety in the city.”

Istanbul is key to win upcoming election: Erdoğan

It is crucial to raise the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) votes in Istanbul above Turkey’s average to win the upcoming elections

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Video: “Turkey in 1967”

In Uncategorized on August 23, 2017 at 02:17


At Athens airport in Greece we see several people boarding a plane; most are carrying souvenirs that look Turkish rather than Greek. The Sabena plane takes off. Aerial shots of Istanbul in Turkey; minarets of the mosques are seen. Several shots at the National Day Parade at Ankara where soldiers drop to the ground by parachute before (and on top of) a large crowd. Turkish veterans in traditional costume march past playing pipes and drums; some carry rifles. Goats and sheep are herded in the countryside by nomads. Several shots of a market place; stalls selling food, ice cream and drinking jugs. In a field people pick cotton; camels carrying the cotton are led along a dusty road; villagers watch the caravan go past. A baby camel is tethered to it’s mother. Top shot of the hills and coast at Alanya; a western woman looks at the waterfalls in this beautiful area. Boats are seen in the harbour at Antalya. Various shots of gypsies walking along the road beside their horse-drawn caravans. In the city of Ankara (?) a woman sits in a carriage, hiding from the camera behind her veil; tradesmen walk past carrying their goods. A man has his shoes shined by a man sitting at an ornate shoe shine box. Aerial shot of the city; several street scenes. The tomb of Kamal Attaturk is seen in several shots; a woman in (western) trousers looks at the mausoleum frieze. Various shots of a hot spring pool at Pammukale; a woman sits sunning herself on a rock; a man swims across to her. Several shots of the amazing white pooled Cotton Cliffs in this area. Numerous beautiful Turkish sunsets showing several scenes in silhouette: the landscape, the sea, a ruined arch, mountains and a lighthouse, a woman sitting at a waterfront cafe with a Samovar before her. Cuts exist – see separate record.


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The Erdoğan Style…

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2017 at 14:38

Some images have been waiting in my desktop. Here you are!

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Guess how Turkey scored in the WJP Rule of Law Index 2016….

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2017 at 12:37

Turkey Falls Eight Positions in 2016 World Justice Project Rule of Law Index
All the research here:

The 2016 edition expands coverage to 113 countries and jurisdictions (from 102 in 2015), relying on more than 110,000 household and expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced and perceived in practical, everyday situations by the

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A few days in the Black Sea Region…

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2017 at 11:52

I am relatively silent in the blog nowadays. One reason is that I am wandering around in the Black Sea region. But also I believe it is time to have a change in blog orientation. I hope to write about it soon. But for the trip:


We flew to Trabzon on last Thursday (17 August) and drove to Rize Çamlıhemşin. A longer drive than I expected. Çamlıhemşin is 60 km away from Rize town center. By we, I mean and my brother, stayed in a bungalow house and took tours to go highlands. Our rented Hyundai i20 was not powerful enough to drive to highlands. Finally some really cool and fresh air!

At some point we were stressed by a thunder storm but we are fine.

Then we have decided to drive to Bayburt, our hometown every makes fun of. My two uncles are there at the moment, older one established a massive animal farm. However, Hakan’s time was up so I drove him back to Trabzon to catch his flight. Now I am Trabzon Forum Mall, as if there are no malls in İstanbul, drinking my filter coffee, after 5 days, and answering my emails.

Unfortunately, when Hakan was gone, I felt alone suddenly and I decided to go back to Istanbul. I fly back at night and until then I will hang out with one of my former students who lives in Trabzon now. I might end up in Çarşıbaşı, a district here where my mother actually gave birth to me at an house-


Then Levent came and I could not continue to write. In the meantime, yes I ended up in Çarşıbaşı, found the place where I was actually born.

Now I am back in town, at my office.

Palovit Falls. Çamlıhemşin, Rize. Me and my brother Hakan.



Gito Yaylası (Plateau)- One of the best scenes I had…

Our guide to plateaus.

Here is where I was actually born. Just above what is currently a Samsung store (the store is still owned by the family my father used to work with:

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New photo from Facebook August 22, 2017 at 12:35PM

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2017 at 11:37

Bu arada Villefranche-sur-Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, Fransa…via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

#Eurosphere agenda: The ongoing “egg scandal”…

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2017 at 17:51

UK supermarkets have withdrawn several products which contain eggs, including sandwiches and salads.
Millions of eggs have already been destroyed, but the scandal over eggs contaminated with Fipronil is still growing. Eggs containing the nerve agent have now been found in Austria and Romania too. Europe’s journalists discuss the lessons to be learned and who should pay the price for misinformation.

Deadly heatwave ‘Lucifer’ hits Europe

Swathes of southern Europe sweltered on Saturday (5 August) in a heatwave that has claimed several lives, cost billions in crop damage and is, scientists warned, a foretaste of worse to follow in coming decades.


In Romania, thousands of women work as “cam-girls”, earning money by undressing and talking to clients on the other side of the world.

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12 thousand year-old #Hasankeyf is being demolished by dynamites. What does it remind you?

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2017 at 12:11


Hasankeyf – Wikipedia

Hasankeyf is an ancient town and district located along the Tigris River in the Batman Province in southeastern Turkey. It was declared a natural conservation….

Here is the video:



Gökhan Güçlü is on trial in Turkey for participating in the failed coup against the Erdoğan regime last year. In July, Güçlü made authorities angry when he wore a T-shirt with the word “hero.” Now, Turkey has made it a crime to wear similar T-shirts.

At “least 35 people have been arrested for wearing “hero” t-shirts in the last month,” reports the Turkey Purge website.

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