Project Description


Media Research Association (MEDAR) conducts projects in partnership with the Dutch MATRA Fund, Norwegian Embassy in Ankara, Fritt Ord (Free Word) Association, Social Sciences Association of Norway and British The Guardian Foundation.

Dutch MATRA Human Rights Fund partnership had been started in December 2017 and was titled “Developing Data Journalism in Turkey Project”. MEDAR has conducted three trainings as part of the project in March, May and December 2018 with a total of 60 participants chosen from among dokuz8NEWS citizen journalism networks as well as disemployed journalists.

Following the training sessions, participants were encouraged to write data journalism pieces and visualize their articles for a copyright fee. 2 full time editors at dokuz8 Data News Team have regularly been publishing news in this field and have so far published over a hundred stories and covered three elections with a focus on data journalism, meeting the goal of 120 data journalism stories as part of the project.

Another project that MEDAR conducts through dokuz8NEWS is with the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara which foresees 3 training sessions across Turkey and 3 workshops with representatives from regional media outlets. The goal of this project is to strengthen MEDAR’s regional news networks.

In 2019 MEDAR’s partnership with the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara has been extended in order to initiate Regional Media Coordination that aims to initiate a nationally operating news agency consisting of independent media collaboration as well as citizen journalism contribution for news coverage.

The Guardian Foundation & Social Sciences Association of Norway

MEDAR has been in partnership with The Guardian Foundation and Social Sciences Association of Norway since 2017. Through this partnership a research study on “Professional Journalists’ Perception of Citizen Journalism” has been conducted.

The fieldwork of this research study had been conducted between February-May 2018 in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Diyarbakır, Adana and Antalya with a total of 306 journalists who are either news-curators (editors & correspondents) or executives (chief editors & management) operating in national and regional media organs. The initial findings have been announced in July 2018 at Istanbul Cezayir Meeting Hall with a press conference and the Turkish version of the report has been published as a book by Kafka Publishing in December 2018 as part of Alternative Media & Social Movements Series.

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As part of MEDAR’s dokuz8NEWS incentives, another project conducted in partnership with The Guardian Foundation has also included Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul with the title “dokuz8NEWS Student Training Project”.

A 3-day training session has been organised with participation of students of media & journalism from across Turkey and a total of 30 students from 21 universities in 14 provinces have attended this session between 18-20 September 2018. After the session was completed 4 students were granted contracts to participate a 90 day in-house training programme at dokuz8NEWS headquarters in Istanbul.

MEDAR has also initiated a partnership with Norwegian Fritt Ord Association as part of its support for dokuz8NEWS in May 2018. As part of this project, dokuz8NEWS has held 3 training sessions in September and October in Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya on Alternative Media & Citizen Journalism. Fritt Ord has also taken a decision to support 2 more trainings in early 2019 as well as dokuz8NEWS’ English publications.

As part of the second phase of Fritt Ord support, dokuz8NEWS has conducted two training sessions in preparation of March 31 Municipal Elections coverage and included 40 people in the network.

Social Research & Training Center TAREM had conducted an online poll between April-May 2016 with 1299 people and announced findings of the research on July 13, 2016 on Alternative Media & Citizen Journalism Platform’s Active Followers’ Perception Research.