James in Turkey is a blog-cum-website that has produced commentary and analysis on political developments in Turkey since 2006. It has a loyal following among Turkey watchers and has attracted a sizeable audience on social media.
What we do
Commentary and analysis
James in Turkey's coverage of Turkish issues have helped explain controversial matters in a brief and accessible style.
A lot of the stuff we've covered is political. See our day-by-day account of the ultimately unsuccessful AK Party-CHP coalition talks in 2015 or our analysis of the opposition party's right-wing referendum campaign.
But we've also touched on social issues where they help illuminate the Turkish psyche - such as the horrific case of the young university student who was raped and murdered. Local lawyers refused to defend the perpetrators; a minister called for the return of the death penalty.
James in Turkey frequently uses graphics to try and unravel some of the most complicated areas of Turkish politics.
The political road map (see below) is a spaghetti of party allegiances and votes of confidence, but helps anyone - novice or experienced hand alike - to remember who precisely was in government in July 1994.
Turkey's 16 April referendum on proposals to introduce an executive presidency system, meanwhile, was explained with a series of quick-glance interactive graphics.
We have also used video - as with the recent Dutch-Turkish crisis - to shed a different light on stories that dominate the headlines.
Although successful, James in Turkey has become a victim of its own success and its small web server can no longer handle the large number of visitors trying to access the site when popular pieces are posted.
In order to retain a clean, accessible look with pop-up banners and animations all over the place, the site has never carried advertising. We want to keep it that way.
More than ever, Turkey needs neutral and independent analysis of day-to-day political events for an English-speaking audience. Bluntly, it needs funds to retain this service.
This Kickstarter project is designed to do two things.
- First, move the site to a more robust server so that it can handle visitor demand;
- Second, transform it into a regular Turkish politics service, offering twice-weekly updates, more frequent visual features and explainers, and a sorely-needed new look.
Your support through this Kickstarter will equip Michael Sercan Daventry, the author of this site, with the funds for software and server space that will allow him to transform JamesinTurkey.com from a blog into an extensive resource on Turkish politics.
Risks and challenges
I am a working freelance journalist employed by a number of media outlets and other companies, and JamesInTurkey.com is one of many demands for my time. However, transforming the website from one funded by me into a service funded by the community will vastly increase the personal resources I am able to devote to it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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