Below, I have listed my writing/editing experience. I also have a background in communications, research and campaigns. For my full CV, click here.
Publish.org – I wrote an article examining the integration policies of a city in Mechelen, and am currently working on a piece covering the impact of media oppression on democracy in Turkey.
Commonspace – I wrote an opinion piece on the Kurdish referendum.
The Guide Istanbul – I worked as the Arts and Culture Editor/Writer for 18 months. During this time I contributed numerous articles on art, music, and history of Istanbul, as well as conducting interviews, content planning, and working closely with the designer on the redesign of the magazine. I contributed SEO friendly online content and used various social media channels to generate traffic to the website.
The Cable – I wrote Looking East: The Changing Face of Istanbul in 2017 for this Scotland-based online publication.
Positive News – I have contributed articles to the last two issues.
Songlines – I have an article on Cappadox Festival in April 2017 issue.
The Skinny – I have written a travel article for this popular, independent magazine.
The Norwich Radical – I work as the Arts Editor for this progressive online platform.
Paste Magazine – I covered my top ten must sees in the city for their Checklist: Istanbul.
Skylife – I contributed an article on the gastronomy of Gaziantep (in South-Eastern Turkey) for Turkish Airlines in-flight magazine.
I wrote a weekly column and submitted numerous articles for one of Turkey’s main English language papers. These were on a variety of subjects including music, travel, culture, and lifestyle.
Glasgow Guardian – I have written news, views, and travel pieces for this popular and professional student paper.
Fodor’s Guide to Turkey, 2016 – I updated the Eastern Turkey and Black Sea chapter of the upcoming guide. For this I travelled to Gaziantep, Mount Nemrut, Urfa, Mardin, Midyat, Diyarbakir, Van, Dogubeyazait, Artvin, Kars, Ani, Sumela, Camlihemsin, Ayder, and Trabzon.
Rough Guide to Istanbul, 2015 – I updated one of Istanbul’s most popular guidebooks, with the latest information on restaurants, bars, hotels, tourist spots and other information.
Frommers Day By Day Guide to Istanbul, 2014 – I updated this convenient and lightweight guidebook checking, correcting, and adding information.
www.sohohouse.com – I contributed an article on the best ‘off the beaten path’ sights in Istanbul for their House Seven magazine.
www.Istanbultourstudio.com – I wrote SEO friendly content pages on the many tourist attractions of Istanbul, and also edited the accompanying blog.
www.kilim.com – I contributed in-depth, researched articles on kilims, techniques, designs etc.
www.spotblue.com – I wrote Istanbul-related content targeted at homebuyers.
www.evaparments.org – I wrote tourism and property management articles, and uploaded them in a SEO friendly way to their WordPress blog.
2016 – 2017 The University of Glasgow
Media, Communications, and International Journalism MSc – DISTINCTION
Modules: Media, Communications and International Journalism: Criticism and Theory, Social Research Methods, The EU in International Politics and Development, Practical News Journalism, Political Institutions and Communications, Researching Audience and the Media, Media and Democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.
2005 – 2008 The University of Brighton
Humanities BA (Hons) 2:1
Dissertation Subject: The Kurdish Issue and its Impact upon contemporary Turkish Society and Politics
Modules: Race and Racism, Critical Traditions in Western Thought, Natural and Social Scientific Method, Cultural Studies, Philosophical Inquiry, Historical Inquiry
Training Courses Undertaken
Social Media Masterclass * Dealing with the Media * Writing Good Copy * Speech Writing * Targeting Communications * Training Techniques * Active Listening * Volunteer Management * Emergency First Aid (Red Cross) * Teaching English as a Foreign Language
– I am a competent computer-user and have experience with most commonly used programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, Publisher and Powerpoint, WordPress. I am also familiar with content management software and different social media networks.
– I have video production and editing skills, developed during my Masters course. Examples of my video work can be seen here.
– I speak, read, write and understand Turkish and French to a reasonable standard.
– I hold a full and clean driving licence.
– I am currently studying Teeline Shorthand.