One of the most enduring challenges that Turkish independent journalism faces is distrust. The Trusting News project offers innovative perspectives and tested solutions to foster the engagement of audiences. In the second event of the Turkey Digital News Accelerator masterclass series, Lynn Walsh, the associate director of Trusting News, presents examples of how to engage with users, listen to them, and act on their feedback in ways to build a trusting relationship with the community. 

Hosted by Istanbul-based journalist Gülsin Harman.



Who can attend

This series of master classes is open to all media professionals in Turkey, including journalists, editors, media managers, business and product managers, community managers, as well as freelance reporters and journalism students.

This is also a chance to network, exchange ideas, tips, and best practices – to share what’s worked for you and learn from others.

Meet the trainer

Lynn Walsh, Assistant Director, Trusting News

Lynn Walsh is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has worked in investigative journalism at the national level and locally in California, Ohio, Texas and Florida. Currently, she is the Assistant Director at Trusting News. She is the former Ethics Chair for the Society of Professional Journalists and a past national president for the organization. Based in San Diego, Lynn is also an adjunct professor and freelance journalist.


Facilitator and host: Gülsin Harman, IPI Turkey, Journalist

Gülsin Harman is an Istanbul-based journalist who frequently contributes to the New York Times and BBC Monitoring. After the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 2020, she received a grant from the European Journalism Center to develop a newsletter. She was selected to join the Product Immersion Program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and invited to the News Product Alliance Product Expansion Program.

As a researcher, she looked into the online harassment of journalists in Turkey for the International Press Institute in 2016. The detailed investigation resulted in a public database and case profiles featured in a report published by the Institute for the Future. In 2020, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society (BKC) at Harvard University selected her to be a participant in the Assembly Fellowship program which brings members of the cohort of technologists and public policy leads to develop interventions in the areas of disinformation.

More to come!

This special master class is part of “Turkey Digital News Accelerator 2022”, a series of expert online and hybrid workshops on digital transition and innovations for journalists in Turkey.

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Previous master classes

If you missed our last master class on innovation in journalism with Aron Pilhofer of News Catalyst – or if you just want to rewatch! – the recording is available on IPI’s YouTube channel.