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Sevilay Nur Saraçlar

Antalya, Turkey
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About Sevilay
Sevilay Nur Saraçlar is a freelance journalist based in Antalya, Türkiye, known for her dedication to environmental journalism, social challenges, and the nuanced impact of human activities on ecosystems. With a passion for crafting solution-based narratives, her feature stories often explore the intersection of environmental concerns with societal matters, including women's issues and the environment. Sevilay's reporting has brought attention to innovative 'cash for trash' recycling initiatives in Turkey, highlighting the importance of sustainable waste management and advocating for the integration of informal waste pickers into formal systems.

Her work extends to covering the effects of geopolitical events on local communities, such as the influx of digital nomads to Antalya in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Through her articles, Sevilay provides a voice to those personally affected by conflict, while also examining the broader implications of war on migration patterns. She is also an advocate for gender equality in religious spaces, addressing discrimination faced by women in mosques and calling for equal access and facilities.

In addition to social issues, Sevilay's journalism delves into the Mediterranean Sea's biodiversity, reporting on threats posed by invasive fish species and highlighting conservation efforts to protect endangered sea turtles. Her work underscores the need for international cooperation in environmental conservation and emphasizes the importance of journalistic integrity by acknowledging personal biases to maintain objectivity in reporting.
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The women keeping Turkey’s fishing industry afloat – Inside Turkey

02 Nov 2023  |  insideturkey.news
The article from Inside Turkey focuses on the lives of fisherwomen in Finike, Turkey, highlighting their contributions to the aquaculture industry and the challenges they face. Suheyla Alp and Birgul Civit, two fisherwomen, share their experiences and deep connection with the sea. The Mediterranean Conservation Society, represented by Funda Kok, is working to increase the visibility of women in fishing and support their involvement in decision-making processes. The article also touches on environmental issues such as the decline in fish populations, the rise in leisure boats, invasive species, and pollution. It emphasizes the importance of women in the industry and the need for their recognition and social security rights.

We tracked 3 newsletters for a month, counted 3,116 links, and the most cited news source was BBC Turkish

05 Oct 2023  |  Journo
Three popular daily newsletters, Kapsül, #tarih’te bugün, and Aposto, were tracked for a month to analyze their link sources. BBC Turkish emerged as the most frequently cited news source, with 342 mentions out of 3,116 total links. Kapsül provided the most diverse range of news sources, while #tarih focused on cultural events and Aposto included more links to music and advertisements. The study highlights the editorial preferences and link distribution patterns of these newsletters.

Most journalism students do not use news apps, listen to podcasts, or subscribe to e-newsletters

01 Oct 2023  |  Journo
A survey conducted across communication faculties in Turkey reveals that journalism students prefer indirect methods like social media for news consumption. Most students do not have news apps on their phones, do not listen to podcasts, and are not subscribed to e-newsletters. Instead, they use aggregator platforms for news. In contrast, a significant number of students subscribe to entertainment platforms like Netflix and Spotify. The survey included 20 universities representing all geographical regions of Turkey, with 45 students from each university participating. The findings highlight a potential growth area for direct news media engagement among young users.

Turkey Dispatches: Navigating Personal Biases and Emotional Challenges in Journalism

16 Jul 2023  |  Free Turkey Journalists
The article is part of the Turkey Dispatches series, focusing on the challenges faced by Turkish journalists. It discusses the personal biases journalists may carry and the importance of self-awareness to maintain objectivity. Elif Ünal, an environmental journalist, shares her journey from seeing herself as an activist to embracing her role as a journalist who can be objective without being neutral. The article also addresses the emotional challenges of journalism, such as dealing with secondary trauma and self-censorship. Psychologist Sıla Kömürcü highlights the importance of self-compassion and reflection for journalists. Sakine Orman discusses her avoidance of certain topics due to personal safety concerns and the need for newsroom support. Ceren Kaynak İskit talks about discrimination against women journalists and the importance of fact-checking. The article emphasizes the need for journalists to acknowledge their biases and emotions to improve their reporting.

Fighting for Women's Rights in Turkey's Mosques

05 Apr 2023  |  insideturkey.news
The article discusses the efforts of the Women in Mosques Platform, a group founded in Istanbul in 2017 to address discrimination against women in mosques. The group, co-founded by Zeynep Doğusan, advocates for better access and facilities for women, challenging customs that marginalize female worshippers. The article highlights the issues women face, such as being relegated to small, screened-off areas and having to pay for washroom facilities, unlike men. It also touches on the budget increase for Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate and the lack of corresponding improvements for women. Other organizations like the Havle Women’s Association and individuals such as Kezban Karagöz and Begüm Yarar share their experiences and views on the need for change. The article also presents a contrasting opinion from an anonymous imam who supports the separation of genders in mosques to prevent gossip.

Turkish Cities Lure Residents to Recycle with Cash Rewards

05 Apr 2023  |  Transitions
The article discusses the 'cash for trash' recycling initiative in various Turkish cities, focusing on the Green Neighbor Card program in Muratpasa, Antalya. Launched in 2014, the program offers financial incentives for residents to recycle, with points earned for recyclable waste that can be used for purchases or withdrawn as cash. The program has seen a steady increase in waste collection, and similar initiatives have been adopted in other districts like Sisli and Suleymanpasa. Despite the success, there are concerns about the sustainability of the program and whether financial incentives are the best approach to encourage recycling. The article also touches on the broader context of recycling in Turkey, the impact of the pandemic on recycling efforts, and the potential integration of informal waste pickers into the official system.

Antalya: A Haven for Digital Nomads from Ukraine and Russia Amid War

16 Feb 2023  |  bianet.org
The article discusses the influx of digital nomads from Ukraine and Russia to Antalya, Turkey, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It highlights the growing number of Russians and Ukrainians residing in Antalya, as reported by the Turkish Statistical Institute. Personal stories from individuals like Tatiana Radchuk, a Ukrainian HR specialist, and Mikhail, a Russian entrepreneur, illustrate the impact of the war on their lives and decisions to move to Turkey. The article also touches on the role of the Ukrainian Family Association in Antalya, the challenges faced by people in Ukraine due to the war, such as cash shortages and night curfews, and the divisive effect of the conflict on personal relationships. Additionally, it addresses the media's portrayal of the war in Russia and the use of the internet as a tool against propaganda.

Invasive fish in the Mediterranean threaten biodiversity

06 Nov 2022  |  www.inspiredminds.de
Climate change and human activities have led to the introduction of invasive fish species to the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal, threatening biodiversity and putting pressure on native species. The Mediterranean Conservation Society's President, Zafer Kızılkaya, attributes the uncontrolled increase of invasive species to overfishing and the lack of competitive native species. Lionfish and pufferfish are among the rapidly spreading invaders, with the latter being targeted by a government-backed fishing project due to its toxicity. Electrical engineer Mehmet Özata has found a way to utilize pufferfish skins for products, branding them under the name Marasion. Prof. Dr. Bayram Öztürk of the Turkish Marine Research Foundation warns that the Mediterranean is becoming like the Red Sea with over a thousand foreign species, about 600 of which are in Turkish waters. The Mediterranean Conservation Society is also promoting the inclusion of invasive fish in restaurant menus to reduce the hunting pressure on native fish and support sustainable fishing.

This documentary presents the effects of the Turkish-Greek population exchange, Through the emergence and development of Rebetiko music. The documentary also presents the story of Rebetiko through the narration of the musicians.

Our call to İBB: Let the name of a female journalist be on the streets of Istanbul

15 Jun 2022  |  Journo
The article highlights the gender disparity in street naming in Istanbul, where only 147 out of 26,187 streets are named after women, with no female journalists represented. It calls on the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality to rename streets after notable female journalists such as Duygu Asena, Suat Derviş, and Selma Rıza, among others, to promote gender equality. The article also details the challenges faced in obtaining street name data and suggests specific streets for renaming. It emphasizes the importance of recognizing the contributions of female journalists in the city's history.

Journalism students doing Erasmus in Europe: No hierarchy and rote learning here

03 Jun 2022  |  Journo
Three Turkish journalism students share their experiences studying in Belgium, Finland, and the Czech Republic through the Erasmus program, highlighting the differences in educational approaches compared to Turkey. They emphasize the lack of hierarchy, the integration of theory and practice, and the systematic and updated course materials in European universities. The students criticize the hierarchical and rote learning methods prevalent in Turkish universities, noting that these hinder deep discussions and the internalization of theoretical concepts. The article underscores the benefits of the Erasmus program in providing a more open and practical learning environment.

Turkish campaigners fight to save sea turtles from extinction

06 Oct 2021  |  insideturkey.news
The article discusses the efforts of Turkish conservationists to protect two endangered species of sea turtles, the loggerhead and green turtles, from extinction. The threats to these turtles include human activities on land, overfishing, and climate change. Turkey is a critical habitat for these turtles, with a significant percentage of their populations laying eggs on Turkish beaches. DEKAMER, led by Yakup Kaska, is actively involved in protecting and rehabilitating sea turtles, advocating for safer beach practices and providing treatment for injured turtles. Incidents of turtle deaths due to human negligence, such as construction on beaches and boat propellers, are highlighted. The article also mentions the work of other organizations like the Kaptan June Sea Turtle Conservation Foundation and DEKAFOK, and international efforts like The MedBycatch project to mitigate accidental captures of sea turtles in fishing nets. The article underscores the importance of international cooperation in addressing the threats to sea turtles, as they are highly mobile and cross national borders.

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