Resume

Experience

Author at Luster Books (Antwerp, Belgium)

July 2018-Present

Researching and writing the 500 Hidden Secrets of Istanbul guidebook.

 

Freelance Writer at Brownbook (Dubai, UAE)

November 2015-January 2018

Profiling of notable personalities from around Turkey including Recep Cesur, the former tailor to Saddam Hussein; Turkish psychedelic band BaBaZuLa; protest singer and songwriter Selda Bağcan; and Altuğ Çinici, architect of the Middle East Technical University campus, Turkey’s most renowned Bauhaus and Brutalism inspired structure.

 

Freelance Writer at The Culture Trip (London, UK)

August 2016-April 2018

Responsible for the research and writing of all travel and culture content about Turkey (including selection of images and article implementation into WordPress).

 

Freelance Writer at World of Falconry (Istanbul, Turkey)

October 2015-January 2016

Scriptwriter for World of Falconry, a documentary series exploring the tradition of falconry around the world. Responsibilities included: preliminary research of countries and their falconry traditions; joining production team on shoots and presenting host with gathered information and necessary lines; writing the documentary script and voiceovers.

 

Content Editor at Soho House Istanbul (Istanbul, Turkey)

January 2015-July 2015

Responsible for: all Turkish and English content for Soho House’s members-only website House Seven’s Istanbul section, including researching, writing, commissioning, and translating features; preparation of monthly event descriptions in Turkish and English; preparation of weekly newsletter in Turkish and English; and translation of media coverage from Turkish to English. Also acted as producer for Istanbul Made, (a printed Istanbul guide for Soho House members) which included contacting interview subjects, setting up photo shoots, ordering products for photo shoots, and guiding the London team around the city.

 

Freelance Editor and Translator at Bone Magazine (Istanbul, Turkey)

June 2014-December 2014

Research and writing of short online articles regarding books, art, and culture as well as translation (Turkish to English) of Bone Magazine’s city guide apps.

 

Senior Editor and Writer at The Guide Istanbul (Istanbul, Turkey)

March 2012-May 2014

Responsible for: managing the editorial team; researching and writing magazine features and front of book content; editing magazine listings; editing magazine features and other content and implementing edits on InDesign; writing magazine advertorials; researching and writing articles for website (mainly restaurant reviews); attending press events; updating social media on a daily basis (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare); Google SEO training and implementation; translating necessary Turkish materials into English; keeping up to date with the city’s openings and news through media as well as independent city exploration; translating the annual The Guide Bodrum issue from Turkish to English.

 

Languages

English

German

Turkish

 

Education

New York University – Steinhardt (New York, NY, USA)

Master of Arts in TESOL, 2010-2011

 

Syracuse University – S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications (Syracuse, NY, USA)

Master of Arts in Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism, 2008-2009

 

Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, IL, USA)

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature & Minor in Philosophy, 2004-2008

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