About

Remzi Gökdağ

He is a former journalist who has covered news in Turkey also reported from the USA, Russia and Switzerland since 1989.

He received the The Progressive Journalists Association (ÇGD) and The Turkish Journalists’ Society’s (TGC) Cetin Emec Journalism Award.

He now works as a writer, editor, publisher, content creator and geocultural explorer.

In 1996, he moved to Los Angeles for studying online journalism, web design and digital media while covering daily American life for Turkish newspapers and magazines.

He worked in Moscow as a reporter for Turkish and International news agencies in 1998. Living abroad changed the course of his life and he began freelancing for news industry.

He returned to the US in 1999 and lived there for 9 more years. In 2008, he moved to Zurich, Switzerland and began working on ideas for using the Internet as a reporting tool for ‘traditional’ media. He created several online publishing platforms.

His weekly journals published at Cumhuriyet from 2001 to 2013.

He returned to Istanbul in 2013. Since then he’s been working on editorial content of his own projects.

If you want to know when Remzi’s last book, please visit his website at where you can sign up to receive an email when he has his next release.

Reporter

1989 | After graduation with a degree in Journalism from Istanbul University he began his journalism career at Cumhuriyet in 1989, specialized of Istanbul also covered national and feature news.

1993 | He received the The Progressive Journalists Association (ÇGD) and The Turkish Journalists’ Society‘s (TGC) Cetin Emec Journalism Award in 1993.

Freelance Journalist

1996 | He moved to Los Angeles for studying web design and development also practiced for broadcast, print and online media to create new platforms for digital journalism. While covering the news, he became convinced that newspapers could do much more to ensure that good journalism thrives in the Age of Information. His weekly journals about daily life in the US have been published on national newspapers and magazines in Turkey.

1998 | Started a new life in Russia… He worked as a reporter for Turkish and International news agencies in Moscow. Living abroad changed the course of his life and he began freelancing for the news industry.

1999 | He returned to the US, after Moscow “adventure” and lived there for about 9 more years.

Web Developer

2008 | Everything has its time and his time in the US come to the end in 2008.

2009 | He moved to Switzerland and began working on ideas for using the Internet as a reporting tool for ‘traditional’ media. He created several online publishing platforms during his time in Zurich. His weekly journals published at Cumhuriyet from 2009 to 2013.

2013 | He returned to Istanbul in 2013. Since then he’s been working on editorial content of his own projects.

Books

(Coming Soon) Duraklar – Remzi Gökdağ, the writer of the Sevgili İstanbul (Dear Istanbul), now visits different cities of the world, talk with shadows and opens the doors of imagination. Traveling between reality and dream offers colorful impressions of his journeys. From the fascinating slopes of the Alps to the vast deserts of the Wild West, from the crowded sidewalks of Paris to the narrow streets of Palermo, twenty stories in the book tell also the past of twenty cities. Some sad, some cheerful stories blend culture, politics and history with passion for travel.

 

(2015) Sevgili Istanbul (Dear Istanbul) compiles twenty memories by well-known notable Istanbul figures of the last century. These may be extraordinary people, but their experiences and emotions are recognizable as our own. They recollect their memories about the city which is lost today.

(2001) Amerikan Medyasında 11 Eylül: The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks had an important impact on news industry. Television coverage of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and their aftermath was the longest uninterrupted news event in the history of U.S. television. Amerikan Medyasında 11 Eylülis a book about how the US news media reacted to 9/11. The major U.S. broadcast and cable networks were on the air for days with uninterrupted coverage from the moment news first came that the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Millions of shocked television viewers watching live pictures of the World Trade Center saw the second plane hit and both buildings come down. Remzi Gokdag summarized reaction of various networks, mainstream news outlets and internet news websites in the events of 9/11.

(1992) Park Otel Olayi tells a timeline story about a huge construction building which had raised in the middle of Istanbul without legal approval and then stopped by people who wanted to protect their historic city’s environment.

Interviews

1. TRT KENT RADYO INTERVIEW – 27.04.2016 Radio interview about my last book Sevgili İstanbul

2. TRT RADYO1 INTERVIEW – 31.03.2016 Radio interview about my last book Sevgili İstanbul

3. VOICE OF AMERICA’S INTERVIEW – 20.06.2005 It’s about journalism in general and working conditions of a newspaper which I worked as a editor-in-chief…

THOUGHTS

“I think writing has the power to change the world. I love connecting people to places through stories. In the world we are living into, internationalism and diversity count, and writing can be a political act, as well as a way to make a bridge.

Learning to be flexible is what I’m working on, at the moment. Writing is a business, but not everything I do or make pays me in money — some things pay in social change, or platform building, or a future project collaboration.

I often come back from trips with a notebook full of facts and ideas that will never find their way into an eventual story. It’s challenging to whittle down your experiences on the road to meet the rigid requirements of your brief or the specific angle of your story. There is always that moment when I return from a trip and think: That was great, now what does it all mean? What was my main takeaway from this experience? How can I relay all of these jumbled notes into a cohesive story that not only makes sense, but is interesting to the reader? Once I nail down the crux of the story I need to find the right intro, which is often the toughest part. I’ll typically write two or three options and see which one sticks.”