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Ali Cinar: "Journalism is best when it aims to have a lasting impact"

Turk of America Senior Diplomatic Journalist Ali Cinar member of the Association Foreign Press Correspondents (AFPC-USA), gave a live tour from the inside of the White House.Cinar is accredited journalist by White House since 2019.

 “I’m just so happy to be here,” Ali Cinar explained as he set up his tripod in preparation for his interview as a foreign correspondent and member of the Association of Foreign Press Correspondents in the USA.

Cinar suggested broadcasting live from the White House so members of the AFPC-USA could see how the press covers the president. He even provided us with an impromptu tour. He has been covering the White House for the Turk of America since 2019. “So I was able to cover the last year of the Trump administration, and this year of the Biden [administration],” he explained. 

He stated that both presidents had different approaches to press covering the White House in regards to COVID-19.  “During the Trump administration, because of the [pandemic], it was strict but not that strict,” he explained. “At the beginning, the Biden administration was much more strict about wearing masks. So I’ve been able to compare and see how their systems work.” 

He started his career in journalism in 2002, after spending some time as a marketing representative for fortune 500 companies in Europe and the Middle East.  “When I was a student doing my master’s degree, I was always writing. I started working with a Fortune 500 company, and I still write for them now. Turk of America magazine.”

Cinar has been with Turk of America since its inception in 2002. It is the first and only Turkish magazine in circulation in the United States. “I was a reporter in the beginning … I was writing articles and became a correspondent. I’ve done special interviews with the United Nations senior officials, the New York City mayor, and so on,” he explained. 

Now, Cinar is regarded as a foreign policy expert. He has been featured on various news networks to speak about Turkish-U.S. relations. And Cinar credited his expertise on the subject to the countless hours of reporting he’s put in over the years. “I am always in the field,” Cinar said. He expressed the importance of in-person reporting. “I’m not just sitting at the office and writing articles. I am in the field … I’m talking and attending press briefings every week,” he recalled.

Additionally, Cinar has been able to sit down for interviews with many different representatives. He explained that interviews are essential for gaining an understanding as a journalist. “I’ve had the chance to interview top admirals, generals, and ambassadors. This is a good reference for me to have good interviews and to cover different stories,” he explained. 

According to Cinar, the connections that journalists can make in the field are arguably the most important of your career. As a foreign correspondent with broadcast and print work, Cinar stressed the importance of making connections. “For journalists, we don’t know what’s going to happen next year,” he said. “I might go work with a different publication or agency, but keeping a good network is very important. You build your network. You meet a lot of people, and they see all the hard work that you do.” 

He continued, “When it comes to foreign policy, I have American colleagues that work for CNN, Fox, and others. When it comes to Turkish news, they come to me for developments.” “So it’s really the number one is networking, and number two is opportunities,” he stated. 

For Cinar, the best thing a journalist can have is the desire to have a lasting impact. 

“Making a difference, I think, is the most important part for the journalist. Be the frontrunner, be the first to share the information with the public,” Cinar advised. 

Reference:https://foreignpress.org/news/journalism-is-best-when-it-aims-to-have-a-lasting-impact

Sierra Nevada to Establish New Space Company; Eren Ozmen Quoted

Sierra Nevada Corp. plans to launch an independent commercial company from its space business area to capitalize on potential opportunities presented by the opening of low Earth orbit to commercial space efforts, CNBC reported Wednesday. Sierra Space will be an SNC subsidiary and will focus on developing commercial space station and reusable vehicle capable of transporting people and supplies to space, according to an internal email from SNC Chairwoman and President Eren Ozmen announcing SNC’s plan.

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F-1 Students Seeking Optional Practical Training Can Now File Form I-765 Online

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that F-1 students seeking optional practical training (OPT) can now file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online if they are filing under one of these categories: (c)(3)(A) – Pre-Completion OPT; (c)(3)(B) – Post-Completion OPT; and (c)(3)(C) – 24-Month Extension of OPT for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students.
OPT is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Eligible students can apply to receive up to 12 months of OPT employment authorization before completing their academic studies (pre-completion) and/or after completing their academic studies (post-completion). Eligible F-1 students who receive STEM degrees may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT.

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‘Salt Bae’ Slapped with $5M Copyright Suit Over Artwork of Chef

Famed chef Nusr-et Gökçe — better known as “Salt Bae” — has been hit with a $5 million copyright infringement lawsuit by a Brooklyn artist, who alleges the social media star used his artwork all over the world without permission according to New York Post' report. William Hicks says he and fellow artist Josphe Iurato were hired by Gökçe in September 2017 to make a mural of Turkish restaurateur “in his signature salt-sprinkling pose,” according to a Manhattan Federal lawsuit from Monday. The first work was displayed in Gökçe’s Miami steakhouse and subsequent commissioned stencil murals also went up at his restaurants in Doha, Dubai and New York, the court papers say.

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Seval Oz Joins MicroVision Board of Directors, Director Bernee D. L. Strom Steps Down

REDMOND, Wash., March 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MicroVision, Inc. (NASDAQ: MVIS), a leader in MEMS based solid state automotive lidar and micro-display technology for augmented reality, today announced that Seval Oz has been appointed to its board of directors and that Bernee D. L. Strom has stepped down as a Director. Seval Oz is a recognized global business and marketing leader in mobility, autonomous vehicle technology and intelligent transportation systems. Oz was a Founder and CEO of Aurima, Inc, a multi-sensor awareness platform powered by AI deep learning for autonomous vehicles. She was previously CEO of Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems, a division of Continental AG Interiors Division.

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Chobani CEO & Founder Hamdi Ulukaya's Humanity First Story Featured In New Documentary on VICE

NORWICH, N.Y., Feb. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Chobani today announced that VICE debuted a new documentary called "Moving Humanity Forward," a film focused on Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya's "anti-CEO" playbook, his people-first business philosophy and refugee advocacy work, and the food maker's efforts to rebuild an upstate New York community. Directed by Nirit Peled, "Moving Humanity Forward" debuted on VICE and VICETV.com on Monday, February 15. The documentary follows the lives of refugees who live in the Utica, New York region and are employed by Chobani, showcasing the positive impact refugee integration in society has on business and communities. The film's heart can be summarized by Ulukaya's belief that "the minute you get a job, that's the minute you stop being a refugee."

Newly Established Political Action Committee for Turkish American Lawyers

The Turkish Coalition Midwest Political Action Committee (TC-Midwest PAC) in January 2021 became the National Coalition of Turkish American Lawyers PAC (NC-TAL PAC) under new leadership. Please check out the website, www.nationalcoalitiontalpac.org, for the Executive Committee members and other information about the PAC.

Didem Nişancı: Janet Yellen’s Turkish-American chief of staff

Former U.S. Federal Reserve (FED) Chairperson Janet Yellen has received the approval of the Senate, securing her position as the first woman to be appointed as Treasury secretary in the U.S. Janet Yellen was nominated by U.S. President Joe Biden. Now approved, Yellen's team is coming together, and she has chosen a female candidate of Turkish descent with extensive financial policy experience, Didem Nişancı, to assume the role of the Treasury secretary's chief of staff. Nişancı was born on March 9, 1973, and studied economics in the U.S. between 1991 and 1995.

Turkish-American Lawyer Özge Güzelsu Was Appointed as Deputy General Counsel (Legislation) of the U.S. Secretary of Defense

There’s a new team in the E-ring starting on Wednesday, newly detailed by close-hold Pentagon planning documents reviewed by Katie Bo Williams, Defense One, deliver news about U.S. defense and national security. Turkish-American lawyer Özge Güzelsu is appointed as Deputy General Counsel (Legislation) of the U.S. Secretary of Defense. She was the member of the Senate Armed Services Committee democratic staff since 2011. Güzelsu graduated from Harvard University in Bachelor of Arts in Literature, History in 1998 and had Doctor of Jurisprudence in Law at Stanford University in 2002.

First Commodity Based Capital Investment Bank to Acquires 3 Billion Worth of Oil Securities

New York, NY - Dec 17th, 2020 - Spektral Investment Bank, a newly found commodity bank with 800 million EU in-kind pharmaceutical patents and mining fields based capital in Kosovo, has concluded an extensive acquisition deal with Dr Omer Aslan; the renowned descendant of Sheik Shamil ; a very important historical figure known as the liberation commander of the Caucasia againist Russian oppression during late 1800s. Spektral Investment bank will be completing the acquisition of oil fields and drilling licenses in Kazakhstan and Russia; to be securitized and marketed with sole authorization of the bank provided by Dr. Arslan who will acquire a permanent seat on the bank's administrative board and will have stock shares attorned due to acquisition.

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