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s the name suggests,


a deep and thorough look at the Ebola crisis. It is a fascinating site with a

fresh approach. Not just a collection of resources,

Ebola Deeply

says it seeks to

add “context to content,” with the goal of “greater clarity, deeper understanding

and a more sustained engagement” on issues.

Produced by a team that includes foreign correspondents with experience in

Africa, data scientists and software developers, the site also features the report-

ing of local journalists in a¢ected countries.

Beautifully designed and user friendly,

Ebola Deeply

aims to tell the whole

story, including the back story, of the crisis in a compelling way. If you feel you

have come into the issue at the midpoint, the site o¢ers the Ebola Files, a collec-

tion of text and interactive materials covering the history of the virus, the science

and search for a cure, survivor stories, a glossary of terms and a “reading room”

of links to additional resources.

If you just want the latest news, you can find that in a constantly updated

Executive Summary, which gives an overview of the latest developments.

The site includes a case map, tracking the number of infections by country

around the world. Community Op-eds features opinions by an assortment of

local voices and journalists. The site also features Recent Videos and Recent

News, as well as its latest Twitter messages.

Ebola Deeply

describes itself an “independent digital media project that

integrates expertise in science, health and public policy with a range of voices

on the ground.” It is the second “deep look” at a current issue produced by



, a new media startup and self-described “social enterprise” based in New

York. The group aims to advance “foreign policy literacy through public service


The journalists and technologists of

News Deeply

design and build single-

issue websites that combine news, live events, information design and social


News Deeply

’s flagship site,

Syria Deeply

, went live in late 2012 and cov-

ers the evolving conflict in Syria in same the in-depth manner.

—Debra Blome, Associate Editor


Ebola Deeply

House, the Pentagon, the State Depart-

ment, USAID and the British Foreign

o ce, among others, settled on “Islamic

State of Iraq and the Levant” or ISIL.

e Associated Press, Reuters, Agence

France-Presse and Al Jazeera, along with

NBC and


, followed suit.

e New York Times stuck with ISIS,

arguing in a June 18 article that the term

“Levant” has French colonial associa-

tions and “something of an antique whi

about it, like ‘the Orient.’”

Da’esh or DAISH, the acronym of the

group’s original Arabic name, is used

widely in the Arab world. Close to the

Arabic word “daes,” meaning to tread

underfoot, trample or crush, the appella-

tion is not a favorite of the Sunni militants.

In June, however, the political

implications of the issue became more

apparent. Having captured large swathes

of territory in Syria and Iraq, and very

publicly and spectacularly beheaded two

Western journalists and two aid workers,

the terrorist organization proclaimed

it was rebranding itself with an eye to


e group demanded that

the world refer to it henceforth as simply

the “Islamic State.”

Although many news organizations

picked up the easier, more headline-

friendly IS, or continued with ISIS or ISIL,

the AP, whose stylebook is an


tive industry standard, was among those

who caught on to the propaganda war at

hand. In mid-September, it abandoned

its preferred ISIL in favor of the phrase,

“the Islamic State group.”

“Propaganda has been one of the core

strategies of the Sunni militant group

in Syria and Iraq that today calls itself

the Islamic State—and its name is very

much a part of that,” wrote Vivian Salama

explaining the move. AP’s recommended

terminology aims to deny the group

political and religious legitimacy.

Others, such as National Public Radio, add “so-called” or “self-declared” to

underline the point. NPR’s policy is “to

initially call the group ‘the self-declared

Islamic State’ or some equivalent phrase,

use ISIS in later references and, when

necessary, explain that ISIL is another

widely used acronym.”

Like much of the Arab world, the

French government uses Da’esh. On Sept.


French ForeignMinister Laurent Fabius

appealed to journalists andmedia organi-

zations to reject the term “Islamic State.”

Fabius stated: “ is is a terrorist group

and not a state. I do not recommend

using the term Islamic State because it

blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims

and Islamists.”

Speaking for many Islamic and other

leaders around the world at the Sept. 24

United Nations Summit on Terrorism,

United Nations Secretary General Ban