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THISAM Talks: "Convergence in Journalism and Media in Turkey"

Dr. Eylem Yanardagoglu, Associate Professor, Head of the New Media Department, Kadir Has University, Istanbul talked about  "Convergence in Journalism and Media in Turkey".

Key points by Ioanna Georgia Eskiadi 

Fake news is not true, is made up and lies. In the last few years, media bias, fake news, sloppy reporting and sensationalism has increased. The European Commission takes the media literacy as an important factor for citizens development. The media requires new skills from everyone. The new media technologies are urging everyone to be media literate. News media literacy education is a subfield of media literacy education, teaches people to apply core media literacy skills, accessing, analysing and evaluating the information received. In Turkey the media literacy is not so high.

Distrust in media has accompanied the rise in misinformation. Greece has the highest level of distrust towards journalists. The crisis in traditional media, related to the erosion of their business model and the rise of social media, has hampered their ability to serve as gatekeepers of information and educate the public. In Turkey, 87% of adults use the internet to participate in social network sites. Six factors that influence youth’s trust in news in Greece and Turkey are the conglomeration and political clientelism, the lack of media freedom and pressure on media, ideology/objectivity, fact-checking/search engines, social networks/ trending topics and organizational structure.

The 5th Thessaloniki International Summer Academy on Media is organized by School of Journalism and Mass Communications of Aristotle University Thessaloniki (AUTh), Jean Monet of European Union Public Diplomacy along with other partners  under the title: “New trends in Media and Journalism: Turning crisis into opportunity”.

 Special emphasis is given on the topics:
1. Disinformation, Science Journalism / News Literacy
2. Crisis Communication
3. New business models in Media Organisations