The Istanbul Project

The Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia), a pioneer in journalism education, has been taking students abroad since 2002. It was founded by Andrew Ciofalo, now a professor emeritus at Loyola University Maryland.

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Mary D’Ambrosio (program director), the founding editor of Big World Magazine, has taught journalism at New York University, Columbia University and the New School for Social Research. A writer specializing in international issues, she has reported from the U.K., Turkey, Italy and Latin America. She was an editor at Global Finance magazine in New York, a reporter for the Associated Press in Venezuela and a correspondent and book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Other credits include Islands, Institutional Investor, Working Woman, Newsday and the Miami Herald
D’Ambrosio was the founding director of the NYU journalism institute’s feature syndicate, which placed student stories in professional venues, such as The Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the Daily Beast, Worldpress and CNN. 
She holds a B.S. in magazine journalism from Syracuse University, and an M.Sc. in economic history from the London School of Economics. She serves on the editorial board of Abroad View, a national magazine to foster global education. In 2010, she edited ieiMedia’s Urbino Now magazine.
Brent Foster (visual journalism) is an international award‐winning photojournalist and multimedia producer based in Ontario, Canada. Foster has worked in more than 15 countries for some of the world’s largest editorial publications, including TIME, The New York Times, Human Rights Watch, and Canadian Geographic. In 2009, Foster was a finalist for the Magnum Expression Award. He’s also won three National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism Awards for multimedia stories. Aside from his editorial work, Foster runs a studio in his hometown, focusing on editorial, storytelling weddings, portraiture, and commercial work.

Venise Wagner (international reporting) is an associate professor, and chair of the journalism department at San Francisco State University. She spent 12 years as a reporter for various California dailies, including the Hearst‐owned San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle. 
While at the Examiner she covered education and issues in the Bay Area’s various black communities. She was also a religion and ethics reporter for The Orange County Register and The Modesto Bee.

Her work has also been published in Mother Jones, Parade and Hope magazines. At San Francisco State she developed a journalism curriculum that focuses on marginalized communities and structural inequities. Wagner graduated with a bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign‐Urbana and holds master’s in Latin American Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Cemil Güler (interpreter supervisor and logistics manager) is a research assistant at Bahceşehir University’s Faculty of Communication, and a PhD candidate in the university’s Cinema and Media Research program. He is coordinator and editor of the weekly Bahceşehir News, and of the department news portal, “BILET.” He holds a BA in political science and public administration from Bahceşehir, and a M.Sc. in history from the Edinburgh University. Earlier, Güler worked as a correspondent in Turkish Radio and Television’s Washington, D.C., bureau, and at Taraf newspaper in Istanbul.