After two years spent establishing technical infrastructure and building news-gathering foundations within the Syrian media landscape, ASML/Syria shifted its activities in 2013. ASML/Syria designed a comprehensive program to support the development of a media landscape producing objective and quality content for Syrians. The objectives therefore evolved from documenting events and human rights violations and providing this information to international media, towards the development of media by and for Syrians.
After a careful assessment phase, the selected media were receiving support consisting of three main components:
- Tailored mentoring:
The mentoring was provided to management and editorial teams and included organizational and managerial support, strategy development, fundraising support etc.
- Financial support:
ASML/Syria provided recipients with small monthly grants to contribute to their running costs and assisted recipients in approaching various funders in order to diversify their sources of financial support.
Developed through a needs-assessment period, professional journalism trainers constructed a specific curriculum tailored to address the most pressing shortages of each media outlet. Trainings were carried out in Gaziantep (Turkey) at dedicated premises.