Let’s Send Blake to Lebanon!
The FJP’s very own Blake Hunsicker, who is currently a Master’s student in NYU’s Studio 20 program, is doing a pretty incredible reporting project on Syrian refugees in Lebanon that he needs to raise money for. In tandem with Syria Deeply, an incredible journalism project that we’ve written about before, here’s his plan:
This is a experiment in explanatory journalism. The final product will be a webpage filled with short videos you can watch in any order, designed to help introduce people to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and its neighboring countries.
I will do my principal reporting during a two week trip to Lebanon in August. I plan to interview Syrian refugees on camera across the country — in Beirut apartments, borderland villages and the tense northern towns near Tripoli. I’ll ask them questions that will interest an unfamiliar audience, questions I haven’t heard asked before — about their lives before the war, what they were looking forward to, and what they’d be doing now if there was no conflict.
Read more about it on his Kickstarter, and help us help him reach his funding goal by July 22. Also visit Syria Deeply to learn more about what’s going on, and why Blake’s work is so important. As he told me yesterday:
This war has affected the lives of millions of people and yet a lot of the news coverage is on Obama vs. Putin, or the gruesome stuff, or groups tied to Al-Qaeda, or Hezbollah and Iran. That doesn’t inspire anyone to care about what’s going on there unless they’re into it already. There’s no reason why people like us in the West would be necessarily uninterested in what’s happened to these people, we just lack the good storytelling to draw us in.