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Media Association partners with the Poynter Institute

Through a new partnership developed between the Media Association and the Poynter Institute, Turkish journalists will soon  have an opportunity to take online journalism courses in their native language that should help them improve their skills and become better journalists. Poynter Institute’s Howard Finberg and Vicki Krueger were in İstanbul this week to discuss the details of the program with the Media Association and meet with some journalists. The official launch date for the program is planned for April 2014.
Here’s an interview with Howard Finberg done during this visit:
17 November 2013 /YONCA POYRAZ DOĞAN, İSTANBUL – Today’s Zaman
This week’s guest for Monday Talk has said that better journalism leads to better democracy and with Poynter’s educational opportunities, Turkish journalists can improve their skills.

“The larger goal is to help to bring additional journalism education for Turkish journalists in their native language which will improve their ability to learn from the teachings from the Poynter Institute which has a worldwide mission for improving journalism and helping journalists to be better storytellers,” said Howard I. Finberg, director of training partnerships and alliances, at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Answering our questions in İstanbul, he talked about the program they are trying to develop in Turkey and the state of journalism in light of rapid technological advancements. He also touched on the CNN’s coverage of the Gezi Park protests, which was a subject of harsh criticism in Turkey.

What is the purpose of your visit to Turkey?

I am in Turkey along with my colleague Vicki Krueger to develop a series of online courses based on what the Poynter Institute has already created on its learning site, News University. The larger goal is to help to bring additional journalism education for Turkish journalists in their native language which will improve their ability to learn from the teachings from the Poynter Institute which has a worldwide mission for improving journalism and helping journalists to be better storytellers. With better journalism comes better democracy.

What directed you to Turkey?

Like most things in life there are wonderful moments of serendipity where a friend of Poynter’s was in Turkey doing some work and came across Deniz [Ergürel] from the Media Association. There was a match made and we started a conversation. That’s what brought us here.

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