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Mehmet Atakan Foça - Teyit

Turkish journalist Atakan Foça is redefining the public’s relationship with the media, turning passive consumers of information into active contributors and fact checkers. Through his organization, Teyit, he is creating the tools, spaces, and infrastructure for citizens to hold media institutions accountable to the verifiable truth.

Sachin Jain - Vikas Samvad Samiti

By producing and disseminating robust human rights and evidence-based research, Sachin Jain is persuading journalists in India to go beyond chasing salacious headlines and web page views and produce investigative journalism that impacts major social problems. By strengthening relationships between civil society and the media, he encourages journalists to go to citizen sector organizations (CSOs) when looking for story ideas instead of stalking Bollywood or the business beat.

Emerging Insights 2018: Media

According to the Edelman Barometer, there was a 22 percentage point drop in trust of media between 2017 and 2018 worldwide and 7 in 10 people worry about the use of “fake news” as a weapon. In 22 out of 28 market surveys, media is the least trusted institution. Ashoka Fellows are working to rebuild trust in the media and champion truth by ensuring journalists have the resources and tools that enable rigorous, fact-based, and reliable journalism.