Independent journalism in Turkey needs innovation more than ever . In the first event of the master class series in Turkey Digital News Accelerator, Aron Pilhofer of News Catalyst will present ideas about product thinking for small newsrooms and how to engage audiences through innovation, drawing on cutting-edge examples from US journalism. Hosted by Istanbul-based journalist Gülsin Harman.


Who can attend

This master class 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.

Please pre-register here and we will confirm your participation.

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

Aron PilhoferDirector, News Catalyst

Aron Pilhofer is the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University. In addition to teaching, his work is focused on new business models, digital transformation and innovation in news. Before joining Temple, Pilhofer was executive editor, digital, and interim chief digital officer at the Guardian in London. There, he led the Guardian’s product and technology teams as well as heading visual journalism – including pictures, graphics, interactive and data journalism. Before coming to the Guardian, Aron was associate managing editor for digital strategy and editor of interactive news at The New York Times. Outside the newsroom, Aron co-founded two news-related startups: DocumentCloud and Hacks/Hackers.

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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