Project Description

MEDAR Research & Analysis

Media Research Association (MEDAR) conducts field research on media as part of Turkey’s social, economic and political structure, to understand its qualities and within this framework to determine media’s transformation and how this transformation is based on social, economic and political developments and what kind of authentic qualities and impact it has.

MEDAR conducts active field research to reveal historical and contemporary developments in media. In these research studies, it effectively uses face-to-face interviews, in-depth interviews, online surveys, etc.

In 2016, Social Research & Training Center TAREM has conducted a research on “Alternative Media & Citizen Journalism Platform’s Active Followers’ Perception Research”. MEDAR has conducted a follow up research with support from The Guardian Foundation and Social Sciences Association in Norway. Initial results of this study have been released in July 2018 with the headline “Journalists’ Perception of Citizen Journalism”. This study had been conducted through face-to-face and telephone interviews with 306 journalists from Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya, Adana and Diyarbakır.

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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.

In this research conducted by TAREM, the Research Coordinator Yunus Erduran, TAREM General Coordinator Gökhan Biçici have led the team of Gizem Alpakgir Cevheri as research assistant, and academic consultants Dr. Bora Ataman, Dr. Barış Çoban, Dr. Gülüm Şener and Dr. Serap Altekin who also designed the questionnaire.

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TAREM’s first official research had been supported by German Rosa Luxemburg Foundation RLS in 2007 on “Workers and Mass Communication Tools Research” which was announced with a symposium at Istanbul Bilgi University in February 2008. TAREM Research Coordinator Yunus Erduran, TAREM General Coordinator Gökhan Biçici have led the interviews in 10 provinces in the sectors of construction, metal casting, textile, municipalities, office, trade, food, entertainment & tourism, petro-chemical, education, health, communications and transportation. 583 unionised workers, 316 non-unionised insured workers, 102 non-unionised and uninsured workers with a total of 1.001 workers have participated in this research study and interviews have been published as a book by TAREM.

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