Overview and Mission
Launched in 2013, Syria Direct is a non-profit journalism organization that produces timely, credible coverage of issues in Syria by training a small group of Syrian and American citizen journalists in professional information-gathering and unbiased, in-depth reporting. Syria Direct publishes original news reports, interviews, photographs and videos from inside Syria that are disseminated through social media and published in international news outlets.
The most unique component of Syria Direct is our highly collaborative work environment. Syrians and Americans work side by side, making each other better reporters by sharing insights and exchanging ideas. Our newsroom is a hub for the free exchange of ideas about the future of Syria.
- Keenan Duffy, Managing Director
Syria Direct’s mission is to foster civil society among the Syrian diaspora and eventually within Syria by building a corps of trained journalists who understand objective reporting and use it to fight government oppression. By training exiles and refugees in the principles and practices of independent, professional journalism, Syria Direct gives them the tools to help their communities and the world better understand the realities, issues and choices the Syrian people face.
GPD has provided $365,000 over four years to help launch and establish Syria Direct. Syria Direct’s journalism training emphasizes the tenets of professional journalism, from identifying sources and checking facts to providing balanced, well-rounded reporting on contentious issues. This organization is unique in that is it committed to using the highest journalistic standards to allow Syrian citizen journalists to tell their own story, set the news agenda and instill principles of independent, critical thinking and integrity into local media.
The conflict in Syria poses a challenge to journalists across the world whose coverage of the events often lacks the historic, cultural and religious background needed to navigate the complex situation. With nearly three million Syrian refugees hoping for a new and unified Syria, freedom of the press and a transparent, credible media are significant steps towards peace.