Meanwhile, deeper stories were brewing in her mind. “I felt that I wasn’t reporting on the real problems,” Melis says. And yet, real problems were going unreported all around her. Melis began to go after them. She traveled to Western Turkey to interview the victims of destructive mining projects. She wrote the stories of women in domestically violent situations, gradually earning more prominent spots in the paper. Older male peers pushed back, telling her to stick to fashion. She pushed on, and let her work speak for itself.
After years of writing, Melis became one of the few reporters in Turkey (male or female) to write a regular column in a national newspaper. And, she earned a long list of industry awards to go with it.