As President Barack Obama looks to make a decision about a military strike against Syria, news organizations are trying to help people make sense of the conflict. They’ve been publishing explainers, live chats with experts, and videos that show the tragedy surrounding the conflict.
Here’s some recent coverage that does a good job explaining what’s happening.
- “9 questions about Syria you were too afraid to ask,” by The Washington Post’s Max Fisher. A helpful explainer for those who are confused about what’s taking place there.
- “What will happen in Syria?” a chat with McClatchy foreign affairs correspondent Hannah Allam and Leila Hilal, director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation.
- The Guardian has a good Middle East Live blog that’s been closely tracking the crisis in Syria.
- Al Jazeera America has live updates on the crisis in Syria.
- The Associated Press has created an interactive that’s separated into three main topics: latest developments in Syria; understanding the conflict; and the Syrian state and the rise of the Assad dynasty.
- KPBS’ Tom Fudge talks with Syrian journalist Obadah Alkadri about creating a media free culture in Syria.
- The New Republic’s Nora Caplan-Bricker has written a guide to Syria’s best citizen journalism.
- The Pew Research Center has tracked media-related deaths in Syria from 2011 to 2013. The majority of those who died (73 percent) were citizen journalists.
- The Committee to Protect Journalists’ Jason Stern writes that, despite all the violence, there was a hopeful sign recently: two journalists who were held for months in Syria have escaped.
Here are some AP photos from this week: