It always fascinates me when I participate in programmes/seminars about the issues that I work / study on.
Recently I have been awarded with a journalism exchange programme organised by KulturForum TürkeiDeutschland and Robert Bosch Stiftung. The programme consists of three parts. The first one is a- two-day-seminar taking place on 12-13th March in Istanbul . The attendance for the first part is a prerequisite for the other parts which include visits to Köln-Düsseldorf-Berlin and the evaluation seminar between 1-10 th April.
So the first part has begun this morning. A group of journalists from different media institutions of Turkey gathered at Fuat Paşa Yalısı in Sarıyer. To be honest, I have never felt comfortable deeming myself as a journalist, because I believe I am not. I mean, yes , I write articles, analysis , even do interviews but I dont feel that “so-called journalistic essence” in me. So I prefer using the title “editor” which is also true but not enough at all to define what I am doing.
Anyway, today I met quite a lot journalists coming from all over Turkey. And I really enjoyed it. But I guess I was the only one working on this specific EU stuff.
The topics we tabled today were “Germany-Turkey relations in the axis of Turkey’s EU bid” , “The problematic areas in Turkey-German Relations” and “EuroTurks: Turkish migrants living in Europe” . I must admit that although I was quite familiar with all these stuff, I liked to listen to the other people commenting all the issues, their point of views .
Today the programme has been so full that I could just get back to my room at 22:30. -Tonite we are all staying at the Hotel which is nice btw-.
I guess the whole programme in Germany will be just the same. So my dream of getting a little bit of rest just after the workshop I ve been working on for some time, proves nonsense..
We will see..