Syria Direct is a non-profit journalism organization that produces timely, credible coverage of Syria while training highly talented, aspiring Syrian and American journalists in professional news-gathering and accurate, in-depth reporting.
Founded in 2013, Syria Direct publishes original news reports, interviews with newsmakers and newsworthy photographs and videos from Syria along with newsletters.
Our reporters cover key military developments and track the country’s shifting politics, province by province, to explain news as it unfolds, placing a particular focus on the individuals driving events on the ground.
Throughout the editorial process, we emphasize the tenets of professional journalism, from identifying sources and checking facts to providing balanced, well-rounded reporting on contentious issues.
Our commitment is to use the highest journalistic standards for Syrians to report on their own country, to influence the wider news agenda and inculcate principles of independent, critical thinking with integrity in our reporters.
As a result of agenda-free funding, our focus is on providing credible, original, relevant and immediate news and analysis of Syria.
Syria Direct does not accept advertising. Syria Direct’s newsroom operations are funded by the Global Peace & Development Charitable Trust.
Alongside our news coverage, Syria Direct conducts periodic training sessions for 12 Syrian journalist trainees at a time. Past training sessions have received support from the US Embassy Amman's Public Affairs Section, the Syria office of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung organization and the Canadian Embassy in Amman.
The Aspen Institute announced in July 2017 that Syria Direct is one of four finalists for the prestigious McNulty Prize, which "celebrates the boldness and impact of individuals who are using their exceptional leadership abilities...to address the world’s toughest challenges." The winner will be announced in November.