StoriesAsia, a collective of independent journalists from 16 South Asian and Southeast Asian countries, seeks to replace the present-day parade of faceless numbers with humanising narrative nonfiction – a largely ignored journalistic genre in the region.
We believe that each story entails a universal emotion and a fundamental question about life. So we strip down each story to its bones to help our audiences connect, and thereby empathise, with our story characters – common people behind contemporary issues and news.
We look at issues from common people’s perspective, and particularly care about people whose concerns remain under/mis-represented in media.
We steer clear of the traditional manner in which media focus on “incidents” in their stories. We focus instead on “who is affected” by what has happened.
We leverage the new technology for major editorial enhancements, rather than look only at the time, effort and cost advantages it brings. To adopt new technologies, we have embraced a new mindset, too.
Registered as a trust in Delhi in India, StoriesAsia was launched on the World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2018, amid an unprecedented financial crisis in the media industry and widespread repression of freedoms across the two regions.