Senol Taskin is a dedicated individual who has been working in the professional world of journalism for more than 25 years. As a freelance reporter, he can work for a number of different news organizations and publications at once. Not only did he study journalism in undergraduate school at the University of Michigan, but he also obtained a graduate degree in finance from Columbia University, which is what he typically writes about. He believes that the public needs to hear about news being made in the financial industry, and they need to read the words of someone who isn’t professional working in the industry. Senol works for the people, and believes he can give them a voice in the financial world.

In order to be a successful journalist, you have to be able to write basic news stories. Even if you don’t work for a major or local news source, but in other fields of journalism, learning how to write news pieces is an essential part of being a professional journalist. Unlike the writing you do for school, news stories are concise, clear, and to the point. The most interesting aspects to the story go at the top, and are even summarized in one to two sentences at the beginning called the lead. Although there are a lot more subfields to journalism than just news, the basic principles of writing an article will be the same.

The first thing to do when writing a news story is to get your facts straight. You want to make a list of the most important facts to your story in order of importance. Your story will be constructed around this list, with the most important facts being the bulk and lead of your story. This ensures that the most important information will be what captures the reader’s attention, leaving them hooked to the rest of the story. Most news readers, especially in a world dominated by technology, simply read the headlines and leads to stories to see if they are of interest. It’s up to the writer to make those few sentences captivating.

In addition to writing stories with the most important information first, you will also want to make sure your information is accurate, and unbiased. News stories are not to be told by somebody interjecting their own political views. A good news story tells both sides equally and fairly in order to give people an accurate account. This means that you’ll have to do more reporting than writing, and it also means making sure all sides of a story have the chance to give their opinions.

Senol Taskin has spent the last 25 years working in the journalism industry, and has become an expert at writing news stories that capture and hold his readers’ attentions.

Senol Taskin considers himself to be his own biggest critic, which he believes has been important in relation to his continued success as a freelance financial journalist. Being able to properly criticize the work that you produce is advantageous in a number of ways.

Discover Knowledge Gaps

When writing an article, it is important that you present yourself as an expert in the subject. Without criticizing your own work properly, you may end up submitting articles that demonstrate clear gaps in your knowledge. By casting a critical eye over what you do, you will be able to see where your knowledge doesn’t quite stack up, allowing you to take the necessary steps to make improvements.

Improvement

It is important to distinguish between personal criticism as a means to improve ourselves, rather than a way to break ourselves down. When used correctly, your criticisms should enable you to take an honest look at where you currently stand and allow you to work on a course of action that will lead to improvement further down the line. Don’t simply beat yourself up for the sake of it. Instead, aim to make your critical process a constructive experience.

Staying Humble

When you begin to experience success in any industry, it can often become difficult to stay humble. While Senol Taskin is self-confident, he also recognizes how dangerous too much confidence can be. If you think too much of yourself, you may find you put less effort into what you do. This, in turn, can lead to poorer work being produced, which also damages your reputation in the long run.

During his career as a freelance financial journalist, Senol Taskin has conducted many interviews in an effort to get all of the information that he needs to write a piece. As such, he has come to understand what you need to do in order to ensure your interviewee offers you the information that you are looking to get.

Keep Them Comfortable

Many people are wary of being interviewed, particularly by a journalist. As such, you need to do what you can to ensure that they feel comfortable in the situation. Taking a little time to introduce yourself and get to know them a little more off the record. Keep it informal at first and ensure the interviewee feels like they are in control of the situation by asking them if they are ready to proceed and allowing them to talk in detail about subjects that interest them.

The Right Questions

It should be a simple thing, but asking the right questions in an interview can be very difficult. While you will know what information you want to extract during the course of the session, the way you phrase your questions will often depend entirely on the person you’re interviewing. Consider their personality and try to work out if they will respond well to direct questioning, or if they will need to be eased towards the subject.

Stay Calm

Interviews can often lead to emotions boiling over. Senol Taskin has found that you must remain calm in these situations, both in order to demonstrate that you don’t intend to come across as a threat to the interviewee and to also demonstrate your professionalism. By staying calm and respectful, you may be able to diffuse a tense situation and proceed with the interview.

As Senol Taskin looks towards a potential career in college education, he has been putting more thought into how he will engage students when he delivers his lessons. In doing so, he has come up with these key aspects that all need to be considered when delivering a lesson

Individuals

It is very easy to treat a classroom as though it is a simple collective, but the truth of the matter is that each person in that class will have different attributes. They will respond to stimuli in different ways, making it important to offer variety in your lessons and ensure that they cater to everybody in some way, wherever possible.

Real Life

Many times you will find that students struggle to connect what they are learning in the classroom with situations that they may find themselves in real life. As such, it is important to demonstrate just why the skills they are learning will be important and how they can be applied in various situations, using your own experiences as much as possible.

Accountability

Tests and pop quizzes may not be popular amongst students, but they are important when it comes to developing accountability. This is crucial with college students, as they hold more personal responsibility for their own performance than they did in school. Make sure you are able to assess students, holding them accountable for their failings while also offering support when needed.

Humor

Senol Taskin has found that humor can be an extremely powerful tool in many situations. In the classroom it can help to create a lighter atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Don’t force it, but try to incorporate your natural sense of humor into the lessons you deliver.

Senol Taskin is currently considering taking his years of experience as a freelance financial journalist into the classroom in order to help the next generation achieve the success that he has enjoyed. To do so, he must be able to create lessons that are capable of engaging students, while also delivering all of the information that they need to learn. Senol has been researching the best ways to come up with a good lesson and has developed the following techniques.

Create Objectives

The first thing you need to do when creating a lesson plan is determine your objectives. What do the students need to understand by the time the lesson is over and how can they apply what they have learnt. Your entire lesson should be built around fulfilling these objectives, so any content that is completely irrelevant to these aims must be cut to ensure you cover the information more thoroughly.

Knowledge

No student is going to respect a teacher who is unable to demonstrate their knowledge. While Senol is extremely confident in this respect, particularly given his background, he still believes it is important to keep building on his existing knowledge base to provide as much as he can to students. Combine your own experiences with the technical aspects that need to be delivered in the lesson to ensure you gain the confidence of your students.

Discussion

A good lesson plan should make allowances for discussion in the classroom if it is applicable. This should not simply be a case of telling the students to discuss what they have learnt, but should instead be seen as an opportunity to provide proper structure and context for their thinking. Tell them what you want them to talk about and guide the discussion towards areas of interest. Not only does this make you an active participant, but it will encourage students to speak their minds more clearly, which in turn allows you to see whether or not they have picked up the information that they need.

Pacing

Senol Taskin knows who easy it can be to lose somebody’s attention, both as a writer and former college student, so he aims to properly pace his lessons. Too much time spent on dry slideshows can lose a classroom quickly, whereas too much time spent watching video and engaging in discussion can lead to them not gaining the information that they need. Lessons need to be structured in such a way that each activity flows into the next and there is enough variety to keep students engaged.

The Threat of Ebola

Posted: June 27, 2015 in Business, Media
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Not only have tens of thousands of people been infected with the disease, Ebola, but thousands have lost their lives. This terrible disease has wreaked havoc in Western Africa. The loss of life wasn’t the only thing this deadly disease is taking. It is also causing the local economies to suffer. With bans on international flights, and a general weariness of travelers to enter into areas that are close to the Ebola hotspots, the local economies are beginning to be affected. When the deadly Ebola virus took root in Western Africa, no one could have predicted the outcome.

Local economies are also looking at losing hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue from local entertainment events that have either been moved out of the region or canceled altogether. With this epidemic moving free from geographical limitations, there is a sense of a common predicament amongst the larger global community as a whole. Most West Africans have become aware of the economic consequences that have come from being at the center of the global health disaster.

In Liberia and Sierra Leone, the hardest hit countries, there is an impending food crisis since a majority of the countries farmers have abandoned their farms and the revenue from the food production at these farms has essentially ceased. The Famine Early Warning Systems has also warned, “that the spread of the virus would lead to food insecurities within the region,” sending the local economies into crisis. As a financial reporter, Senol Taskin has focused his career of 20 plus years on the economy of Africa, watching the crisis unfold.

Over the past ten years, the biggest boom in Africa’s economy has been seen in the mobile phone industry. The most notable way in which this has been seen is with the use of mobile banking. In 2010, M-Pesa was introduced in Kenya by the mobile network Safaricom. This service permitted users to keep money on their mobile devices. If the user needed to pay a bill, they simply had to send a text for the amount they wanted to pay, and the recipient could convert the amount into cash at their nearest M-Pesa location. This became a cheap and easy way for Africans to conduct business transactions without paying hefty fees often imposed by the banks.

Another way in which mobile devices have bolstered the African economy is by establishing a way to communicate with farming communities. The Grameen Foundation has started leasing smartphones to local farmers in order for them to receive agricultural information that they can then pass on to their neighbors. This program has far-reaching implications for the African economy.

With more than 500 million mobile phone users in Uganda alone, mobile phones have become a way of life for many of Africans. As one of the leading Western authorities on Africa’s economy, expert journalist Senol Taskin, predicted this unprecedented economic growth in his 1991 article “The Emerging African Economy,” which appeared in Finance magazine. Indeed, Africa is in the middle of a mobile revolution. With limited access to electricity, the population can’t afford to charge a computer, so their mobile phones have become their lifelines to the world.  Some of the popular mobile networks in Africa are Qatar Telecom, Etisalat, MTN Group and Airtel.