Overview and Mission
Launched in 2013, Syria Direct is a non-profit journalism organization that produces timely, credible coverage of Syria by training a small group of Syrian and international citizen journalists in professional news-gathering and unbiased, in-depth reporting. Syria Direct publishes original news reports, features, investigations, interviews and multimedia journalism from both inside and outside Syria, published to its bilingual Arabic and English news website.
Despite forecasts to the contrary, the Syrian crisis is far from over. It is a crisis in transition rather than one in retreat. During that transition—and beyond—Syria Direct presents a unique, necessary model for robust, human and in-depth journalism about Syria, that is told by Syrians.
- Tom Rollins, Editor-in-Chief
Syria Direct’s mission is to build networks of trained journalists, within the Syrian diaspora and Syria itself. By training refugees in the principles and practices of independent, professional journalism, Syria Direct gives them the tools to help the world better understand the realities, challenges and choices that the Syrian people face on a day-to-day basis.
Syria Direct’s website hosts a regular audience of around 100,000 readers including members of the diplomatic and aid communities, analysts, Syria watchers and concerned citizens. Over the past five years, Syria Direct has developed into a trusted, leading source on events unfolding inside Syria and its reportage has been cited by Middle East Eye, Business Insider, New York Times and more.