Visual short-form content, particularly short documentaries and video explainers, have proven to be a popular format for independent journalists in Turkey. In this fourth master class for IPI’s Turkey Digital News Accelerator, we host Natalia Guerrero, a senior journalist at BBC Reel. Guerrero will take us on a deep dive into the crucial role of video explainers and how to adopt different formats in visual storytelling. As a commissioning editor at BBC Reel, she will present strategic tools for independent media and freelance journalists in digital video and short-form documentaries.

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 trainer

Natalia Guerrero, Senior Journalist, BBC Reel

Natalia Guerrero is a senior journalist and commissioning editor at BBC Reel, the BBC’s short documentaries destination. She previously worked for ten years as a multimedia reporter for BBC News Mundo and produced a wide range of award-winning and impactful stories in video, audio, and text. She is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (2020), originally from Colombia, and lives in NYC.

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

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