Anadolu Agency, which has been witnessing the events both in Turkey and in the world, is getting prepared to celebrate its 100th year. Anadolu Agency with its centennial experience works constantly without losing its enthusiasm to herald Turkey's voice to the world.
Anadolu Agency, in line with its target of "being the powerful news agency of powerful Turkey", is aware that it has to have a new vision of the world in its 100th year which we are going to mark in 2020. Therefore, "Centennial Project" means that the Anadolu Agency will present its understanding of "reliable, impartial, ethical and fast" journalism to the whole world as a new teaching.
We live in a milieu of competition where those who fail to create an awareness, use innovation and unite production and synergy can't survive. It is impossible to remain indifferent to these facts. In order to survive, we have to produce and we have to market our output. And in order to achieve these, we have to catch technological developments.
Any tradition except for experience and knowledge, is now not enough to witness events, cite them to people and write them down. Because it is necessary to witness the time in order to catch it. And witnessing the time absolutely leads to a reality called 'New Generation Journalism'.
The most powerful media and broadcast institutions of the world do not ignore the emergence of the understanding of "new generation journalism". Actually, they are reshaping themselves and their technological structure in line with it. In this context, the prototype of journalists, which I define as "new generation journalist" appears. New generation journalist has the courage of thinking differently, has the freedom of witnessing the time, has the speed of experiencing the chance. The new generation journalist should be reliable to prevent any kind of suspicion. New generation journalist is not just a reporter with good writing skills. New generation journalist is also a photographer immortalizing the time as well as a cameraman capturing the moment and a witness writing down the history.
That is why we have established the Anadolu Agency News Academy, one of the most important milestones of the Anadolu Agency's "Centennial Project". From now on, the Anadolu Agency will train "new generation journalists" of Turkey, the Middle East, Central Asia and the Balkans. And what will the News Academy do?
First of all, the Anadolu Agency will meet its requirement of personnel from the Agency News Program.
Of course this is not the only thing that the Academy will do.
Secondly, the Anadolu Agency News Academy will offer training to journalists from national media organs including newspapers, TV and radio stations with the General Media Program.
Thirdly, the Anadolu Agency will train journalists who will work under extraordinary conditions particularly in war zones with the War Journalism Program. Journalists will firstly learn how to survive.
The most important thing that separates the Anadolu Agency from the others will be its training program. The teaching of master and apprentice, which was laid aside in journalism, will invigorate in practical training at the Academy. Anadolu Agency's experienced journalists will guide students just like a "vocational coach". Anadolu Agency will meet the requirement of "practical training" which communication faculties have failed to put into practice for years. Each student will be given the opportunity of writing news and interviews, developing a search for exclusive news, taking and processing photographs and images. And most important of all is that each work of students will be measured and evaluated.
Anadolu Agency has crowned its rooted experience of nearly a hundred years with the News Academy. I frankly thank everyone who has contributed to this process.