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Reporting from the Bridge

by Aydogan Vatandas

Reporting from the Bridge In this series of essays with leading figures

: Jan 10, 2012 • 106 Pages • 15 x 22,5 • ISBN 9781935295167
: 9781935295167
: Current Affairs,
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In this series of essays with leading figures in the journalism and publishing fields, Aydogan Vatandas brings his unique investigative approach and perspective as a journalistic bridge-builder to explore the evolution of the media and the role it plays in global understanding as he seeks that middle meeting field of differing cultures and approaches. His interviews shed light on the various ways the US press has reported such topics as the leadership role of Turkey in the Middle East, the death of Osama bin Laden, the role of Hamas, the role of social media in the Arab Spring, Islamophobia, Wikileaks, the role of propaganda in the press, citizen journalism, opinion crafting by both sides, and the intimate relationship between politics and media in the United States.

"Vatandas’s interviews provide a vibrant account of the real issues faced by journalists, and allow us to read between the lines of the news. The net result is an exciting book which delves into the heart of current affairs."
Katharine Branning

Author of Yes, I Would Love another Glass of Tea

"Vatandas asks the right questions in a concise and thoughtful way. As a result, his guests offer absorbing insights into a range of topics, from the vast changes in the media landscape to the Arab spring, and to Turkey’s role in international diplomacy."
Paul Moses is a Pulitzer Award winner journalist and professor of journalism at Brooklyn College.

Aydogan Vatandas is an investigative journalist from Turkey based in New York. He is the author of eleven books, many of which have been bestsellers in Turkey. He is currently the media representative of Turkish Cihan News Agency in New York.
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Foreword / Katharine Branningvii
Introduction / Paul Mosesix
Preface / Aydoğan Vatandaşxi
Turkey’s emergence is not only important but it’s a big story as well 
Interview with Robert Thomson, Editor-in-Chief of The Wall Street Journal1
Captive in Libya: “I thought we might be shot in the head!” 
Interview with Anthony Shadid, The New York Times9
Turkey is one of the most critical relationships for the US 
Interview with Dr. Joshua W. Walker, University of Richmond19
US can learn many things from Turkey in the Middle East 
Interview with Tony Karon, Senior Editor of Time Magazine27
Americans don’t trust the press! 
Interview with Professor Carol Wilder, The New School, NY33
New media versus old media: The role of the New Media is overstated 
Interview with Professor Sean Jacobs, The New School, NY39
Go digital, this is the future 
Interview with Charles Warner, veteran media expert45
The future of print media is at stake 
Interview with David Rocks, Editor of Global News at Business Week55
Understanding American Islam in US media 
Interview with Paul Barrett, author of American Islam63
Muslims and Christians can learn from The Saint and the Sultan 
Interview with Paul Moses, Pulitzer Award winner journalist69
Maintaining balance in turbulent times 
Interview with Greg Winter, Editor of The Foreign Desk at The New York Times77
Turks and Armenians should try to understand each other 
Interview with Pamela Steiner, the great-granddaughter of Ambassador Morgenthau87
The only way to combat bias is to be more proactive 
Interview with Nida Khan, Muslim-American journalist93
I believe that the Holy God speaks to us in the Qur’an 
Interview with Professor Walter Wagner, Moravian College and Theological Seminary99

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Aydogan Vatandas
Aydogan Vatandas

Aydogan Vatandas is a journalist based in New York, specializing in media, international politics and political psychology. He has published books about a range of topics, many of which have become bestsellers in Turkey. Since 2006, he has been working in New York as the representative for Cihan News Agency and correspondent for Todays Zaman Daily where he wrote his dozens of articles on Turkish and Middle East politics. He holds an M.A in Media Studies from The New School in NY.