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.
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Dylan Collins, Managing Editor
Dylan runs the day-to-day operations at Syria Deeply, writing the daily Executive Summary, commissioning articles, editing, tweeting – you name it. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, he has been living in and reporting from the Middle East since 2010. Dylan has bylined from the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, the West Bank, Cameroon and Lebanon, among a range of other locations. When he’s not chained to the computer, he’s usually out taking photos.
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.
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.
Lara is an award-winning journalist, strategist and entrepreneur. She spent five years in the Middle East reporting via television, radio and digital platforms for ABC News, Bloomberg Television, the International Herald Tribune, Business Insider and Monocle magazine. Her 2009 coverage of Iran’s election protests and the Arab Awakening of 2011 garnered industry praise. Lara is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, with a degree in government. Lara enjoys a strong yoga practice, reading poetry and cooking vegetarian meals.
Chief Content Officer
Dan is responsible for content strategy and operations on all News Deeply platforms. He previously led the World Economic Forum’s Knowledge Lab, the incubation arm of the Global Agenda Councils Network. He was a founding editor of the award-winning national newspaper of the United Arab Emirates, the National, and an editor at both the Middle East and Asia headquarters of Agence France-Presse. As a regional correspondent, he took on multiple assignments in Iraq, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jerusalem, Thailand and Hong Kong. Dan also worked as a journalist for Reuters in Tokyo and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He holds a master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Senior Product Manager
JC is a product manager and digital producer responsible for shipping dozens of software projects since 2001. Prior to joining News Deeply, he was a senior manager at LookSmart Ltd., leading strategic initiatives in adtech, ecommerce, and social media marketing platforms. Before he moved to New York, JC managed the corporate development and mentoring program of G2VC, a venture capital firm based in Manila, Philippines. With years of entrepreneurial and corporate experience, JC has advised a handful of startups on product strategy and customer acquisition. A passionate runner, JC has completed multiple half and full marathons in the past eight years.
Head of Product, Design Director
Brock directs the vision, design and engineering of News Deeply's core product and platforms. An award-winning interactive strategist and art director, he spent his years prior to News Deeply working in the vibrant Minneapolis advertising & marketing arena. He's held creative & technical leadership roles at agencies such as Epsilon and Atomic, specializing in providing sync and synthesis between design, engineering and business development teams. His work has been recognized by AdFed, Promo Magazine, Adweek and more. An avid photographer and outdoorsman, Brock can often be found trekking the backwoods of northern Minnesota, camera in tow.
Arindam is a backend developer, startup mentor and serial entrepreneur. He’s also a founder at CollectiveZen, an award-winning technology services and solutions provider with clients in India and North America. He bootstrapped his first startup in 2000 and went on to merge operations with Mixercast, where his roles included product design and management. His passions include the convergence of commoditized infrastructure, multi-gestural interfaces, the emerging ubiquity of the mobile Internet and location-based services. His daily pursuit of happiness ends with a smile when he makes a difference in the lives of the next generation.
Director of Strategy and Research
Lydia Laurenson has found her calling at the intersection of editorial strategy and user research. As a journalist and media strategist, Lydia has worked with an array of social platforms, publications and web projects. She has spoken at venues from Stanford to SXSW, and her writing has appeared in publications ranging from the Atlantic to Harvard Business Review. Lydia also served in the U.S. Peace Corps, working with the HIV program in Swaziland. In her spare time, Lydia loves to write, and she loves to create immersive theatre and alternate reality gaming experiences.
Chief Copy Editor
Ali Moore is the chief copy editor for News Deeply. She has an extensive catalog of experience, spanning a full range of roles, from commissioning editor to project manager, and working with a number of high-profile organizations, including Microsoft, the Consumers’ Association, Reader’s Digest, Time Magazine, the Glasgow Herald, McGraw-Hill, Bertelsmann, Bloomsbury and the Institute of Education, as well as being an occasional seller of vintage clothing. When not at her desk or running a busy household, she enjoys Glasgow’s vibrant music scene.
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development
Marie identifies new partnership opportunities and builds collaborative relationships with clients across the News Deeply platforms. Marie joined News Deeply in 2015 after spending 5 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently in a sales and relationship management role advising institutional clients on asset management. Marie studied Journalism, Political Science and Economics in college, and has a deep interest in the subject matter covered by News Deeply. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Marie now lives in New York City and can be found running along the East River, listening to live music and searching for the city's best bowl of ramen.
Director of Operations
Arpine Grigoryan is a new media professional, project manager and trainer with 15+ years of experience. Arpine is the Director of Operations at News Deeply and is the head of the Yerevan office. Arpine is actively engaged in co-organizing popular TEDx events in Armenia and the biggest Armenian tech conference BarCamp Yerevan for the past 6 years. Prior to joining News Deeply, Arpine acted as the Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications at PanARMENIAN.Net – the first Armenian online media platform. For the past decade, Arpine has led workshops and training sessions for various organizations and provided communication and marketing support for several local startups. Arpine received her Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from the State Engineering University of Armenia and has studied Information Security and Computer Science for her Bachelor’s. Her free time Arpine likes to spend reading and sewing. She has established the “Sewing Club in Armenia” with a few thousand members online.
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development
Liana has 15 years of experience in strategic partnership and business development, particularly in European and Asian markets. Before joining the News Deeply team, she was a commercial director at Cosmopolitan Armenia, leading strategic partnerships and initiatives in Armenian and Russian markets. Before Liana moved to Armenia, she owned an alternative health center based in Massachusetts in the United States. Liana spends most of her free time playing with her two sons.