Özkır graduated from the Department of Journalism in the Faculty of Communication at Marmara University in 2003. His Master thesis and PhD dissertation were titled The Way of Conveying Palestine-Related News in Media, and History, General Publication Policy and Identity of Hürriyet Daily, respectively. He concentrates on structural transformation of Turkish media, media-politics relations, and the impact of social media on social events. Özkır is also a columnist, and Assistant Professor at the Department of Media and Communication Systems in İstanbul Medipol Universitys Faculty of Communication. He also works as a researcher at SETA.
The Western media's interest in Turkey has steadily increased, and this has two dimensions. First, they are establishing new media outlets in Turkey and becoming entrenched in the domestic market. Lately, the launch of a joint Turkish-language YouTube channel called +90 by the public international broadcasters of Germany, France, Britain and the U.S. has drawn attention. Another interesting development was the launch of a Turkish news website by the British online newspaper, The Independent.
On March 31, Turkey held local elections in a transparent manner that reflect its democratic maturity. The results showed that voters gave different messages to both the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).