WHO WE ARE
SourceRise was founded in 2015 by Caroline Avakian and developed by a team of Bitmaker Labs web developers led by Arya Iranpour.
WHAT WE DO
SourceRise is a social enterprise that directly connects journalists to expert sources at international NGOs. In a time when news-gathering budgets are shrinking at record rates, it is becoming more difficult for major news outlets to independently cover international stories. Via a network of journalists and expert global NGO sources, SourceRise enables development news reporting rooted in real time, accuracy, and deep context. As a result, we are increasing the number of well researched, compelling global news stories in mainstream media.
HOW WE DO IT
Via daily source request emails from journalists to our sources, and digital media briefings on breaking global hot topics, we directly fill the void created by the shuttering of foreign news desks all over the world. SourceRise also holds media call-to-actions around global issues that aren’t getting the media coverage they deserve, by connecting network sources with journalists and bloggers. In addition, SourceRise matches journalists, photojournalists and other media makers with NGOs able to host them in the areas of the world they wish to report on.
WHY WE DO IT
We created SourceRise with one goal in mind: To increase the number of compelling, well-researched global news stories in mainstream media.
As news organizations continue to cut budgets for international reporting, and foreign news desks shut down completely, partnerships like this can help mainstream media deliver comprehensive and contextualized foreign news stories to an under-served American audience.
A recent survey by MPO Research Group found that American media are missing the mark when it comes to providing international coverage to the public. When MPO asked respondents what they think about the coverage of international news, over half said there should be more of it. Just over a quarter think it’s fine just as it is, indicating that there’s a lot of room for improvement from our media outlets.
The bottom line is that we are witnessing the media landscape quickly evolving all around us. It’s a major, sector-altering disruption in the traditional journalism model. At the same time, nonprofits and international NGOs have access to some of the most interesting news, insights and trends that the world is hungry for. The problem is that there’s nothing connecting these two forces together. With minimal resources, many NGOs struggle to get critical information out to the public, while reporters struggle for reliable news sources. Enter SourceRise.
Our passion lies in helping journalists and NGOs succeed, and through that, bringing the world the news they deserve access to.
To learn more about SourceRise, visit: www.sourcerise.org