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Established in 2011, the The Syrian Sun is a bilingual, biweekly online newsletter that explores the subject of the Syrian Revolution and the general Syrian people. To date, the Syrian Sun has published many articles in both English and Arabic and has a very active readership. It uses multiple virtual venues to distribute itself, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, RSS subscriptions, and an emailed newsletter.

While the majority of their members are of Syrian descent or Syrian emigrants, people read the Syrian Sun all around the world.

Because of the open format of many online news publications, The Syrian Sun takes advantage of the open venue presented by modern technology and publishes written articles, photos, videos, sound bites, and is willing to present the news in every format to reach the people.

History

Established in 2011, the The Syrian Sun is a bilingual, biweekly online newsletter that explores the subject of the Syrian Revolution and the general Syrian people. To date, the Syrian Sun has published many articles in both English and Arabic. Although it is still in its infancy, the Syrian Sun strives to publish noteworthy articles and distribute hard-to-get news all around the world for its readers.

Inspired by the onslaught of Bashar Assad on Homs, Idlib, Daraa, and many other Syrian cities; the founders of The Syrian Sun felt that the stories of the Syrian uprising were largely falling with its martyrs. The fact of the matter was, the Syrian revolution took time to come to the boiling fervor necessary for open revolution. Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya had been protesting for over one year. With the regimes changing in the neighboring Arabian diaspora, the Syrian story seemed similar what had happened before- another domino falling in a cascade. The cries of the Syrian population who dreamt of freedom and open democracy were being drowned out by the explosions accompanying mortar shells and muffled by the rubble falling on what Syrians once called their homes.

It is upon these cast away stories that The Syrian Sun shines a blazing light- sharing these touching narratives with its readership and to the listening ears around the world.

The Syrian Sun does not currently have a main office. Rather, it calls home the beacons of hope in every Syrian heart- those rays of Syrian Sun. This news is meant to simply reaffirm and strengthen the aspirations of a free and open Syria.

Content

Online newsletter

This newsletter is the central hub of The Syrian Sun. Using a dynamic webpage layout, The Syrian Sun categorizes and organizes articles by language and media. Within the first few months, the articles expanded from written news pieces to dynamic social pieces easily transferred over the internet. Articles are easily shared via social media following the trend of spreading news throughout the Arab Spring revolutions. Editors designed the page this way to encourage a proactive readership.

Giving a voice to the Syrian people whose attempts at peaceful demonstration have been met with ruthful vengance, the articles of The Syrian Sun span from opinion pieces , relaying of news from large corporate news agencies (AlJazeera, BBC, CNN, Reuters, AP, etc.) and even publication of eyewitness accounts of the revolution.The Syrian Sun goes beyond relaying the news, and allow a venue for in-depth analysis of the complex political situation in Syria, the social repercussions of the dynamic unfolding in the Middle East, and art pieces conveying the sentiments of the Syrian people and their allies.

In early 2012, The Syrian Sun changed over from an informal blog format that used WordPress to a more professional dynamic news page layout.

Video

Posting videos from all around the world, The Syrian Sun casts a positive light on the difficult burden of the Syrian people in the revolution- signaling that through their hardships and struggle, they may one day be able to sing of Syrian freedom. Like the rest of the content available through The Syrian Sun, the video content relies heavily on conventional social media. It has posted videos from Facebook, CNN, AlJazeera, and several independent documentaries that share the narrative of Syrian martyrs.

Social Media

While The Syrian Sun formally publishes articles on a biweekly schedule, the incredible pace with which events unfold calls for a more rapid deployment of information regarding the events unfolding on the ground in Syria and peoples opinions around the world. To convey this sentiment, the contributors and editors of The Syrian Sun work through social media- namely with Twitter and Facebook.

Twitter

Using the Twitter handle @TheSyrianSun, the newsletter posts many tweets in between its keystone publications to inform its followers of the ongoing events in Syria. Most of its posts are marked with the hashtag #Syria and reference outside sources encouraging proactive engagement. This engagement manifests itself through links and tweets to active Facebook pages supporting the revolution, touching photos, and articles and coverage from supporting publications and events. bvn As of early 2012, The Syrian Sun has hundreds of followers and relies heavily on its followers to relay this news, its stories to their friends, families, and colleagues.

Facebook

The Syrian Sun uses Facebook as its main social venue. With so many users worldwide having access to Facebook, it is important that people are able to communicate in their vernacular - both in language and venue. As the most prominent venue for people to socialize online, the founders of The Syrian Sun established the Facebook page as a focal point of their publication. Using Facebook as a focus allows you to see your friends support for the cause, and encourages them to read something that may not be as attractive posted on a formal news page. It also involves engagement, action, and support for people no matter where the are and how involved they are in the revolution. This illustrates that support for the peaceful protest and calls for freedom can range from a simple click and a "like" on your Facebook page and feed to active involvement in a peaceful demonstration, calling your local political leaders to action, and likewise lending moral support to people directly engaged in Syrian affairs. This magnifies the effect of any social movement as well as gives it a longer moment to be metabolized by readers. It shows pictures from supporters and peaceful demonstrations worldwide.

The new timeline feature of Facebook allows users to note progress, trends, as well as see what people said in the past in a transparent and intuitive format. This physical representation of time shows events as they accelerate, and allows visualization of "hot spots," key events, and their intricate relationship to the larger picture in the Syrian Revolution.

Authorship

The "About Us" page of The Syrian Sun states,

We are a handful of young adults with a commitment to aiding the revolution by the power of the pen. Together we are here to raise the truth upon our shoulders so that it may illuminate the hearts and minds of Syrians once again. We are The Syrian Sun

Authors' names are not listed on the page and the group has its own email and contact information. Contributors, tips, and feedback are always welcome to contact the editors, and shall always be sincerely considered.

Notorious contributors

Several people who have played critical roles in the Syrian uprising have contributed to The Syrian Sun. Malek Jandali, Syrian pianist, composer and recipient of the 2011 Freedom Of Expression Award,[1] whose outright protest of the Syrian government led to his family's home being raided by government security forces.[2]

Muhammad Zuka, a leader in the Damascus branch of the Free Syria movement, also gave an interview. Oliver Butenuth, an active German artist and blogger who also contributed to the Libyan civil war wrote an op-ed.[3]

An interview[4] of humanitarian volunteers who gave eyewitness account of humanitarian conditions in refugee camps on Syrian refugees in refugee camps in Turkey was also published on The Syrian Sun.

Purpose

The webpage of The Syrian Sun states,

Our purpose: To project the voices of those whom are concerned with the democratic affairs of Syria, its institutions and people. Our goal is to provide an outlet in which all ideologies, philosophies, and political orientations are able to contribute opinions, journalistic reports, and propositions without fear of retribution. We firmly believe in the strength in which diversity of written thoughts fosters creativity, solutions, and advancement for Syria.

We are a handful of young adults with a commitment to aiding the revolution by the power of the pen. We are more than just individuals who want to topple the regime. Our focus is greater and far more noble.We revolve around the Syrian people and the betterment of their lives and the sanctity of their freedoms.

We are here to help in the rebuilding of the Syrian nation. Part of that process entails the support of the Syrian intellectual community. Intellectual ability is not lacking amongst Syrians, and hence does not need to be established but merely unearthed. Together we are here to raise the truth upon our shoulders so that it may illuminate the hearts and minds of Syrians once again. We are The Syrian Sun.

According to their website and Facebook, their mission is:

To project the voices of those whom are concerned with the democratic affairs of Syria, its institutions and people." Their stated goal is to "provide an outlet in which all ideologies, philosophies, and political orientations are able to contribute opinions, journalistic reports, and propositions without fear of retribution." They go on to state that they "firmly believe in the strength in which diversity of written thoughts fosters creativity, solutions, and advancement for Syria. We are a handful of young adults with a commitment to aiding the revolution by the power of the pen. We are more than just individuals who want to topple the regime. Our focus is greater and far more noble.We revolve around the Syrian people and the betterment of their lives and the sanctity of their freedoms. We are here to help in the rebuilding of the Syrian nation. Part of that process entails the support of the Syrian intellectual community. Intellectual ability is not lacking amongst Syrians, and hence does not need to be established but merely unearthed. Together we are here to raise the truth upon our shoulders so that it may illuminate the hearts and minds of Syrians once again. We are The Syrian Sun.

References

  1. Ahram Online, Published: November 3, 2011, Accessed: March 5, 2012, Malek Jandali Honoured With 2011 Freedom Of Expression Award
  2. Tom Watkins, CNN: Syrian musician blames security forces for his parents' beating, Published: July 29, 2011. Accessed March 5, 2012.Syrian musician blames security forces for his parents' beating
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  4. interview

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