Syria Deeply is an independent digital media project led by journalists and technologists that explores a new model of storytelling around a global crisis. Our goal is to build a better user experience of the story by adding context to content, using the latest digital tools of the day. Over time the hope is to add greater clarity, deeper understanding and more sustained engagement to the global conversation.
Syria Deeply is a part of News Deeply, a new media startup and social enterprise based in New York. We are registered as a B Corp, or Benefit Corporation, with the stated mission of advancing foreign policy literacy through public service journalism. We receive no government funding, instead earning our revenues through a mix of foundation grants and digital-design services. Our client partners include the World Economic Forum, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Baker Institute at Rice University.
We want anyone who comes to Syria Deeply to walk away smarter and better informed about what’s happening in our world. We’re fielding your feedback and story ideas through [email protected].
Alessandria Masi, Managing Editor
Alessandria is the Managing Editor of Syria Deeply and chief of News Deeply’s Beirut bureau. She leads the day-to-day operations for Syria Deeply, working to bring readers the most in-depth, multi-faceted and unbiased coverage of the ongoing conflict. Previously she was the Middle East Correspondent for International Business Times. She was a featured author in the 2016 edition of “Attacks On The Press” with the Committee To Protect Journalists and her coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis won a Society for American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) international reporting award. She is a native of Canada and a cat enthusiast.
She tweets from @AlessandriaMasi and you can email her at [email protected]
Hashem Osseiran, Deputy Managing Editor
Hashem is the deputy managing editor of Syria Deeply. He has previously written for The Arab Weekly and The Daily Star. He has also worked with the Associated Press, where he focused on user-generated content. Hashem holds a masters degree in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, at the University of London. He is a native of Beirut, Lebanon.
Natalie Sikorski, Community Editor
Natalie is the community editor of Geopolitics at News Deeply. Previously, she worked with Nonviolent Peaceforce both as a programme officer in Beirut, Lebanon, focusing on the Syria response, as well as in advocacy and outreach in New York. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in Violence, Conflict and Development at SOAS, University of London. Outside of News Deeply, Natalie’s interests include horse riding, travel, and theatre.
The Asfari Foundation
The Asfari Foundation is a registered British charity set up by the Ayman Asfari family in 2006. It aims to help young people make a valuable contribution to their society by empowering them through education, research and the power of free thinking. It also supports programmes that encourage the development of civil society in the Arab world, and provides humanitarian relief to people affected by emergency situations in its target countries of Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and the UK. Our vision is for and educated, open and just society, based on the rule of law, which promotes development and progress through knowledge, tolerance and integrity.
International Women’s Media Foundation
Founded in 1990 by a group of prominent U.S. women journalists, the International Women’s Media Foundation is a Washington-based organization that believes the news media world-wide are not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women. The IWMF celebrates the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to speak out on global issues. The IWMF’s programs empower women journalists with the training, support and network to become leaders in the news industry.
Hivos is an international development organisation guided by humanist values. Together with local civil society organisations in developing countries, Hivos wants to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world. A world in which all citizens – both women and men – have equal access to opportunities and resources for development and can participate actively and equally in decision-making processes that determine their lives, their society and their future.
Syria Deeply, the world’s foremost platform on the Syrian conflict, welcomes original contributions.
We are always interested in receiving story pitches for news features and interviews, as well as videos, audio stories and photo essays.
We are also interested in receiving submissions from researchers, community leaders and policymakers for our community op-ed section.
We regret that, owing to the volume of submissions we receive, we may contact only writers whose work we will commission.
Syria Deeply is editorially independent and is part of News Deeply, the digital media and community building company that Time Magazine called “the future of news.”
Please send your story pitches to the Managing Editor Alessandria Masi at [email protected].