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Nilüfer Yalçın

Nilüfer Yalçın

First female journalist who inaugurated reporting on diplomatic and parliamentary matters in the Turkish press
"One should always strive to be better and reach for the highest level of excellence."

Date of Birth: 01/12/1923 1923

Place of Birth: Filibe, Bulgaria

Date of Death: 14/06/2011 2011

Place of Death: Izmir, Özdere

Burial Site: Zincirlikuyu Cemetery, Istanbul

Topics

Gallery

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Field of Activity

Press

"You think you want to go into the field of literature and literary writing, but leave it aside, that is not your strength. You perceive things so keenly and engage so deeply, this talent can best be realized in journalistic writing. Focus all your energy on journalism. You will become the best female reporter in Turkey. Of that I am sure."
(Advice of Mina Urgan, who was Nilüfer Yalçın's professor when she was a student of English Language and Literature at the University of Istanbul, as quoted by Nilüfer Yalçın)
Nilüfer Yalçın started her journalism career in London at the BBC's Turkish broadcasting. She moved from broadcasting to the printed press through her works at the Dünya, Öncü and Akşam newspapers. In 1963 she began working at Milliyet Newspaper and in 1969 assumed the post of diplomatic and parliamentary correspondent for Milliyet, thus inaugurating a new field in journalism in Turkey.
Nilüfer Yalçın was at the same time the first female general secretary of the Press Council.

Nilüfer Yalçın as Publisher
  • 1954 - 2000 Founder, owner and publisher of Forum Magazine together with Aydın Yalçın.

Awards

Society of Journalists, Ankara: Award for Highest Achievement in Journalism in the last decade
Society of Journalists, Ankara: Holder of Honorary Press Card

Memberships

  • Union of Journalists of Turkey
  • Parliamentary Reporters Association of Turkey
  • Soroptimists Society, Ankara
  • Press Institute Guild
  • Press Council of Turkey

Education

  • American College for Girls, Arnavutköy, Istanbul, 1942 graduate
  • English Language and Literature, University of Istanbul, Istanbul
  • University of London, London

Contributions to Society

  • Member of the founding group of the Helikon Art Society (Helikon Sanat Derneği), 1950-1955
  • First general secretary of the Turkish Press Council (1988)
  • Founding member of the Press Institute Guild

Family and Friends

  • Mother:Nüzhet Hanım
  • Father:Ferid Recep Bey
  • Daughter: Prof. Dr. Lale Yalçın.Heckmann (social anthropologist)
  • Son:Ali İhsan Yalçın (MBA mechanical engineer, business administrator)
  • Husband: Prof. Dr. Aydın Yalçın (historian of economic sciences, university lecturer, member of parliament)
  • Friends: Bülent Ecevit (politician), Sami Kohen (journalist), Selma Arel (woman painter), Fikret Şeneş (woman song writer), Coşkun Kırca (politician, diplomat), Esin Talu (journalist), Nur Batur (journalist), Abdi İpekçi (journalist), Orhan Duru (journalist), Oktay Ekşi (journalist), Hıncal Uluç (journalist), Oktay İşçen (diplomat), Turgut Tülümen (diplomat), Zeynep Göğüş (woman journalist, Authoress), Ferai Tınç (Authoress, university lecturer), Füsün Özbilgen (Authoress, university lecturer), Atilla Girgin (writer, university lecturer)

Commemorative Projects

Further Reading

Sources

Quoted sources
  • Correspondence with Lale Yalçın Heckmann
  • See the "Further Reading" section
Source for visual images
  • Private Archives of Lale Yalçın Heckmann (Nuremberg) and Ali Yalçın, Istanbul

Acknowledgments

The Women's Museum Istanbul is grateful to Lale Yalçın Heckmann and Ali Yalçın for their support in producing the Nilüfer Yalçın introductory pages.


Translation into English: Çetin Alanya, Istanbul, Turkey
Editing: Judith Cederblom, Seattle, Washington, USA

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