For the unfortunate folk who don't know, New Naratif is a collection of journalists who are spread all around Southeast Asia and are bringing hitherto untold stories to light in fascinating ways.
Significantly, the movers and shakers of New Naratif are Southeast Asians themselves which gives a deeper understanding to what is really going on in the region and helps them paint a more rounded picture.
"The English-language media is also often Western-centric, resulting in coverage of Southeast Asia that relies on easy tropes pandering to the interests and assumptions of Western audiences," the editors say. "New Naratif challenges this oversimplification of ideas and perceptions, placing less emphasis on what is trending and more on what is truly relevant. We prioritise immersion and connection over parachute journalism; our content is produced by contributors who are plugged into what’s happening on the ground."
"New Naratif aims to make Southeast Asians proud of our region, our shared culture, and our shared history. We fight for the dignity and freedom of the Southeast Asian people by building a community of people across the region to imagine and articulate a better Southeast Asia.
There is a desire to do things a little bit different and to build a genuine community. This is a community that is searching for something new in Southeast Asia with some of the traditional media outlets struggling to satisfy the demands of the residents of the region, especially the young. New Naratif seeks to bring the two sides of journalism --journalist and audience --together.
"New Naratif does not simply broadcast information. We do not see journalism as a one-way street, but rather as a dialogue between journalists and members, particularly those with professional or personal expertise on a given topic. The point of that dialogue is to share knowledge and experience regarding key developments of our times. To this end, correspondents share their ideas for stories and invite feedback, keep members apprised of their research with newsletters and notifications, and avail themselves of members’ expertise and experience to better their journalistic work."
It really is worth checking out for both people who want to get involved in contributing to the site and those who just want to hear stories that would not be getting told if it wasn't for New Naratif.