Our initiative includes more than 250 outlets worldwide, and dozens of institutional and independent partners, with a combined audience of more than 1 billion people.
From September 15-23, our partners have committed to emphasizing climate stories. The goal is to maximize coverage of the climate crisis and its impacts in the lead up to the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23.
Many major outlets such as The Guardian, The Nation, BuzzFeedNews, Bloomberg and Gizmodo joined as a partner to this project. Which is quite important considering the issue. Seeing that journalists taking it seriously and using their tools and power to cover the climate crisis as powerful as possible to create a pressure over the UN Climate Summit is something we really needed.
We’re also part of it as NewsLabTurkey and our aim for this week to help Turkish journalists and media people to have a wider perspective on climate crisis and climate journalism and help them to reach new tools to cover this issue. This is the least we can do.
Helping this project and coverage put out during this week to reach as many people as possible is really important. We don’t have much time left to take some serious action and we should be in support of any attempt in that direction. So go visit the partner outlets, share their stories and use the hashtag #coveringclimatenow so more people will learn about it.
This all sounds really good at first glance but there are some really big issues (at least for me) I can’t wrap my head around.
Centralization Problem: We don’t want Facebook, Google or other stacks become more powerful, especially when it comes to publishing. But creating a place for all journalism has to deal with all the problems about centralization. For example, who’s going to make the big decisions like who will be the part of this or not? Are they going to censor stuff? If so, how will they decide what to censor or not? Will this system promises us to give everyone a place or will there be limits?
Power of Big Media: Spotify-for-Journalism will surely help a lot for mainstream media channels. But they’re going to have lots of power in this system, according to alternative ones and I’m 100% sure that they’re not going to use it for what’s good for all. How this system will stop it and create a balance between them?
Making Money: We’ve already seen that Spotify doesn’t really works for indie or alternative musicians to make sone decent money, and not even really gives something decent for mainstream ones, but they already earn well. And we all know that the media who needs money is the alternative or small ones. And this system only helps the big ones, at some point at least. I don’t think something like that will help us to save diverse and free media. Only makes sure the big ones will stay alive one way or another. And to be honest, they already have enough plans for themselves to save itself.
Those are the ones comes to my mind at the first place. We all want writers, journalists and everyone works in this area gets paid but I’m not really sure if this is the way we should choose. I’m sure that advertisement isn’t the one but maybe we should look for some way that also makes sure that we’re not creating another “for every X you’ll need” stuff. We need to find a way that will save us from centralization. If we’re not offering newspapers or magazines to merge together to save themselves, we shouldn’t do that on internet too. We need more and diverse stuff, not everything in one place things. That’ll only help who’s already powerful right now.
Transparency International Turkey is organizing “Investigative Journalism Conference” in Istanbul at July 22nd. I’ll be participating in this conference as the co-spokesperson and senior editor of Jiyan, Turkish online news-analysis website.
I’ll be talking at the part named “An Alternative to Traditional/Mainstream Media: Internet Journalism” and will talk about how internet gives new powers and abilities to journalists, how internet journalism and internet itself powers up freedom of speech and what Jiyan does and will do in that perspective.
Conference will be in Turkish but will translate the text later for publishing in here or maybe in Jiyan too. Conference program can be found in here.
Hope to see you all there.
Şeffaflık Derneği Türkiye’nin organize ettiği “Araştırmacı Gazetecilik Konferansı”, 22 Temmuz’da İstanbul’da gerçekleşecek. Ben de bu konferansa Jiyan’ın eşsözcüsü ve editörü olarak katılıyorum.
Konferansın “Geleneksel / Ana-Akım Medyaya Yeni Bir Alternatif: İnternet Haberciliği” kısmına katkı sunacağım ve burada internetin gazetecilere sağladığı yeni yeteneklerden ve güçlerden, internet gzeteciliğinin ve internetin kendisinin ifade özgürlüğünü nasıl güçlendirdiğinden ve tüm bunların içerisinde Jiyan’ın konumundan, yaptıklarından ve yapacaklarından bahsedeceğim.