conflict & communication online, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2019
ISSN 1618-0747




Behlül Çalışkan
Digital security awareness and practices of journalists in Turkey: A descriptive study

This study aims to measure the level of digital security awareness of journalists in Turkey who use digital technology in the course of their work. In the study, research questions are answered using data collected by means of an online survey in relation to the digital security risks faced, the extent to which digital technology is used, the digital security tools employed and the extent of digital security training undertaken. The study reveals that journalists in Turkey are faced with security issues ranging from personal threats to physical and digital attacks and that they rely heavily on digital technology. The study concludes that they lack awareness of digital security risks, and only a small percentage have undertaken safety training to protect themselves and their sources in either the physical or digital worlds.


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The author:
Behlül Çalışkan, born in 1982, received a Master’s Degree at Marmara University based on his research into user interactions in online newspapers. In 2016, he completed his PhD in journalism at the same university with a dissertation entitled “The Impact of Information Leaks on Journalism in a Networked Society”. In his academic works, he has mostly focused on theoretical and empirical studies on media, communication and culture in Turkey. His research has concentrated on topics such as new media, digital journalism and information leaks.