Mary D'Ambrosio

Journalist Professor Editorial Consultant

I specialize in writing about international affairs, and in 2009 founded Big World Magazine, to encourage multimedia storytelling about places.

As an editor at Global Finance magazine and a Latin America reporter for the Associated Press and other publications, I spent a decade covering seminal events in the developing world, from the Mexican debt crisis and the North American Free Trade Agreement to Russia's emergence from the old USSR and Turkey's stymied efforts to join the European Union.

My stories have appeared in The Huffington Post, Institutional Investor, Islands, Worldpress, Anthropology Now and Working Woman magazines, and in the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday and the Miami Herald.

A journalism professor at Rutgers University's School of Communication and Information, I'm passionate about helping the next generation of journalists reshape the field.

I also direct The Istanbul Project, a summer foreign reporting program in Istanbul, Turkey, for the Institute for Education in International Media.

Featured Projects

The Battle for Istanbul

Anti-government demonstrations erupted in Turkey just as our student-faculty team was departing for The Istanbul Project, a one-month journalism laboratory that takes university students to Istanbul, where they practice working as foreign correspondents.

Students wrote stories, shot video, and got live lessons in covering conflict: they discovered that lemon-soaked bandanas could protect them against tear gas -- but that press passes could sometimes make them targets.

This is the digital magazine they produced.

Practice Multimedia Reporting in Turkey in Summer 2015

Students practice working as foreign correspondents, and produce a digital magazine, or book. Get more info about the 2015 program here.

A Magazine for Italy's Le Marche region

In the summer of 2010, I led 11 university students in developing an English-language travel and culture magazine for Italy's Le Marche region, under the auspices of the Institute for Education in International Media. (Never has an assignment come with so much prosecco).

Click on the PDF above to see our work.

Student comments:

"It looks fabulous! Can't wait to receive my copy. I'd love to come back again next year!"

"It looks AWESOME! I'm really proud to show it off!

"I am so proud of the final result."

Mexican Sneeze

Mexico's mid-90s currency meltdown cut an excruciating swath across Latin America. Furious Argentines still call it the tequilla crisis.

I covered the story, in New York and Mexico.

The News from Albania

Even speaking with a foreigner, during most of the Stalinist 20th century, was punishable by death. But the bravest Albanians turned pots and pans into broadcast receivers, and hid them under the eaves of their houses. Western TV beamed in news of Ferraris, discos and blondes -- and also of the fall of the Wall. That brought rebellion, then exodus.
Researching my master's thesis on the mass exodus of Albanians from their country after the collapse of the Soviet Union, I established that it takes about four years for migrants to get the message that a particular place no longer welcomes them.

Wild Days in Brighton

I enjoyed soaking up British culture, as I studied for a master's degree in economic history at the London School of Economics. But I missed Mediterranean life.

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To anyone who's trekked in Africa, ridden the Trans-Siberian Railway or tried crossing a Neapolitan street, the earth probably doesn't look so flat. It's a big world. If we don't write about it, who will?

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