Syrian War digital reporting


It has always existed a monster, a Leviathan, who devours men and swallows them. It throws them in to the abyss and scars their face, their souls and the earth itself. This monster is War. The telling of a conflict is a daring enterprise, illustrating a distant reality, untagling complex dynamics and obscure moritavions. The digital world offers new ways to bridge the uncommunicability distance between war and public awareness.


The Syrian War digital reporting project aims to gain the benefits of technological innovation in order to expound the actual conflict in Syria. Syrian War Project is a web portal, a specially designed web site to bring together information from different sources - data reporting, info charts, interactive map and timeline - in a uniform and compelling way. It is an effort to tell one of the cruelest and most complex fight in our days by mean of storytelling, journalism and digital innovation.

The interactive telling of the conflict is focused on three main dimensions. The three dimensions are represented by a cross scheme structuring the website. Scrolling down the viewer will explore the temporal dimension, the sides of which will deepen more specific thematics.

  • Chronological
  • Factions and coalitions
  • Consequences

Media and expressive modalities

The storytelling project Syrian War takes advantages of text, photos, infographics, embedded videos and maps


Syrian War has started in 2011 and it properly became a civil war in 2012 . In almost five years the consequences are catastrophic: 470,000 casualties (February 2016 SCPR estimate), over 7,600,000 internally displaced (July 2015 UNHCR estimate) and over 4,000,000 refugees (July 2015 UNHCR estimate). The conflict has widened to involve neighboring states and superpowers including USA, UK, Canada, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Baharain, Morocco, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, Jordan and UAE on one side, Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, Iraq, China, Venezuela, Bielorussia on the other. Into their midst there is a constellation of islamic groups, often in conflict with each other - ISIS, Al-Nusra, Islamic Front, Muhajirin wa-Ansar Alliance, Army of Jihad - and Rojava, also known as Syrian Kurdistan.

Untangling the Overlapping Conflicts in the Syrian War

Despite the size and importance of the war, it has often been slightly covered by media and poorly understood by public opinion in the western countries. The Committe to Project Journalism reveals in its annual report that Syria still remains the most dangerous country for journalists with 13 reporters killed in 2015. A decrease compared to 31 in 2012, 29 in 2013, 17 in 2014, nevertheless Syria is one of the countries less covered by the media as a consequence. Local journalists have fled as many of their compatriots, meanwhile less and less operators reach the country to cover the war. Information is often second hand and it is not always possible to discern truth and propaganda. The Syrian War Project aims to offer a (partial) solution and present an overview of the conflict.


Benchmarking is a fundamental part for the development of Syrian War Project. is the awards that recognize the talent and effort of the best web designers, developers and agencies in the world, it provides the best tool for benchmarking in interactive web field. aims to create a meeting point where web professionals from across the world can come to find inspiration; a space for debate; a place to share knowledge and experience; give and receive constructive and respectful critiques. “Always hungry”.

Its mission is to discover, recognize, and promote the talent and effort of web designers, developers, and agencies who create unique digital experiences that are useful, innovative, intuitive, and beautiful.

In the last years there have been developed multiple projects with the intent of telling the Syrian conflict, most inspired by a new digital approach. The oppurtinities offered by the IT and Internet plays a big role in bringing enlightment to this often understimated war. Here some of the most inspiring.


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Tommaso Moretti

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