Are you eager to foster innovation and explore fresh narrative formats? Join us for a presentation from Selymar Colón, where she will unveil a plethora of pragmatic inquiries, creative formats, and approaches to enhance the art of storytelling. Delve into the intricacies of tailoring your narrative, aligning it seamlessly with the unique blend of your story, target audience, and the platform you intend to publish it. Embrace the opportunity to transform your story, as Selymar imparts invaluable insights that will undoubtedly elevate your storytelling journey.

Hosted by Istanbul-based journalist Gülsin Harman.

English to Turkish translation will be provided.


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 speakers

Selymar Colón, Executive Director of Digital, GFR Media

Selymar Colón is an award-winning journalist, currently in Puerto Rico as the Executive Director of Digital Strategy for Puerto Rico’s leading media organization GFR Media. In 2019, Colón was selected to become a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, where she spent her time studying diversity, inclusion and leadership in organizations. Previously, Colón was the vice president and editor-in-chief of digital news at Univision, where she built a team of multimedia journalists and led the network’s digital integration. Throughout her career at Univision, Colón served in different roles to cover stories ranging from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the FIFAWorld Cup to President Obama’s second inauguration. Her honors include Emmy Awards, a King of Spain Award, a World Press Photo Digital Video of the Year Award, and an Edward R. Murrow Award. Colón also led her team to win several National Press Photographers Association awards, Atlanta Photojournalism Awards and a Suncoast Emmy, among others.

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 2023”, 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 previous master classes – or if you just want to rewatch them! – the recordings are available on IPI’s YouTube channel.

Community and the Future of Media

Held on October 24, 2023

Spatial Investigations with The New York Times Graphics Team

Held on July 12, 2023

Visual Storytelling for New Formats

Held on December 7, 2022

Engagement and trust in journalism
with Lynn Walsh of Trusting News

Held on August 22, 2022

Innovation in journalism
with Aron Pilhofer of News Catalyst

Held on June 6, 2022