High schoolers made a documentary of the experiences of their peers on social media, peer victimization, correct use of Turkish, racism, discrimination, and gender. More than 60 high school students, who attended the 7th Communication Workshop organized by Faculty of Communication, Izmir University of Economics, projected the daily life problems they face personally in the creative documentary, media, and play workshops.
Students of Mehmet Akif Ersoy Anadolu, Cengiz Aytmatov Social Sciences, Gazi Anadolu, Nevvar Salih İşgören Vocational and Technical Anadolu High Schools, TAKEV, and Izmir Private Turk High School created their scenarios under the guidance of experts; they shot the documentary and appeared in their own films.
Prof. Dr. Ebru Uzunoğlu, Lecturer at IUE Faculty of Communication, reported that they wanted to make high school students become familiar with the world of communication, and she said, “We shared variety of examples from the world of communication, from various production techniques in media to storytelling in creative documentaries, for two days. Teenagers are intertwined with technology and social media. They are also studying hard for university entrance exams. They may be facing peer victimization during these tough times. They fail to use the language correctly in daily life; they are being compared to successful peers by their parents all the time. So, they got a chance to turn these daily problems into communication outputs such as documentary, news, etc. in these workshops”.
Prof. Dr. Uzunoğlu stated that Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burak Doğu, Head of IUE Department of Media and Communication, Lecturers Serkan Şavk and Alper Gedik, Meriç Eryürek, Creative Director of Genç Yaratıcı Communication Services Agency, Arda Yılmaz, TV and Broadcasting Technician, and Research Assistants Batuhan Keskin and Aytunç Erçifci guided the students throughout the workshops.