All Communication and Media Federation, TIMEF, organized two workshops on issues and possible problems to be experienced during the state of emergency and the process of theelection. The first workshop was between March 8-10, 2017 titled “1. Anatolia Media Workshop during the State of Emergency and the Process of Election. The second workshop was between May 10-12, 2018 titled “2. Anatolia Media Workshop during the State of Emergency and the Process of Election.”
Both workshops were organized by the financial support of EU Think Civil Programme. Fifty competent representatives from media organizations throughout Turkey with or without membership to TIMEF joined the workshops, for two days at City Hotel and Hotel Monec, respectively in Ankara. Participants in both events discussed the problems and recommendations for solutions concerning the local media. The declarations of the results for both workshops submitted to the related ministers of the ruling AK Party and its deputy chairman as well as the leader of main opposition party and the chairmen and concerned officers of other opposition parties through face to face meetings.
TIMEF aims to continue these workshops on a regular basis, once a year.
Some Other Proposed Projects for International Funding
TIMEF has recently proposed or inspired three actions for EU funding. Below is information about these three projects.
Digital Media and Alternative Journalism
This project has been proposed by TIMEF to the MATRA Social Transformation Programme, a bilateral assistance programme of the Netherlands that aims to support social transformation in countries neighbouring European Union.
From the beginning of the 1990s, 400 local TV channels have been established in every region of Anatolia. Since then, 80% of these channels were closed down or went off the air due to political, technological and economic reasons. Nearly 3,000 qualified and competent journalists working for these channels had to leave their jobs.
The project aims at strengthening and developing freelance journalism practice that provides new venues to the unemployed journalists to perform their profession independently, while helping social change in Turkey.
Increasing the Capacity of Media and Communication CSOs in Ordu
The global objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of grassroots CSOs for active democratic participation in policy and decision making processes. The project will improve the capacity and effectiveness of local media and communication CSOs in Ordu regarding policy dialogue and advocacy activities. The specific objective of the action is to improve the administrative, advocacy and communication skills of grassroots CSOs so that they can participate more effectively in policy dialogue.
The action will also form a new media and communication CSO federation to become a bridge between TIMEF and the media professionals in Ordu.
Effective Use of Digital Media in Youth Organizations
The project has been proposed by TIMEF to Turkish National agency. Its sub-category is KA1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals-Youth Mobility.
The proposed project is a seven-day training course aiming to provide youth organisations and youth workers from 11 countries with skill and knowledge regarding online communication and campaigning as well as creating innovative tools for the communication and motivation. The action is especially designed for youth leaders and youth workers, interested in new technology and social media
The trainings involve learning-by-doing experience through workshops, info sessions, simulation games, evaluations, practical assignments, group activities, practicing, and modelling.