Source description last updated: 15 November 2016
In brief: IRIN, formerly a part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and known as the Integrated Regional Information Networks, is an independent news agency, focusing on crises and advocating for improving humanitarian response.
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IRIN was previously known as the Integrated Regional Information Networks. It was established in 1995 as part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and became an independent, non-profit media association in January 2015. (IRIN website: About us, undated; IRIN, 20 November 2014)
IRIN’s mission states: “IRIN delivers unique, authoritative and independent reporting from the frontlines of crises to inspire and produce a more effective humanitarian response. […] We have been a leading source of credible, in-depth, field-based news about crises for two decades. And with our newly independent stance, our editorial voice is bolder; our reach is expanding; and our role is ever more critical.” (IRIN website: About us, undated)
“Our frontline reporting seeks to influence policy, mobilize opinion, and improve humanitarian response to save lives. Through a network of local correspondents, experienced editors and analysts, and an intimate knowledge of the humanitarian sector, IRIN provides unique multimedia news and analysis from hotspots in more than 70 countries.” (IRIN website: Our vision, undated)
“We will always be committed to serious, quality journalism, but our presentation will always evolve. [...] we are always looking for new formats to do what we do best: making sense of crises.” (IRIN website: Our vision, undated)
“We are in a unique position to alert the public and the humanitarian community on crises before they happen, as they unfold, and after mainstream media interest starts to wane, keeping forgotten humanitarian crises on the policy agenda.” (IRIN website: About us, undated)
“By raising the alarm early, IRIN encourages preventative – rather than responsive – action.” (IRIN website: Our vision, undated)
“IRIN's funding comes from a mix of sources: governments, foundations, international organizations, the private sector and charged services. In 2015, IRIN was funded by Jynwel Charitable Foundation, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. New partners in 2016 include the United Nations Foundation, the European Asylum Support Office and the Swiss Lottery (Loterie Romande).” (IRIN website: About us, undated)
“IRIN’s specialist, global, multimedia production in three languages costs about $5 million per year.” (IRIN website: Our vision, undated)
For details on financial information, see OCHA’s annual report for 2014 (pages 47 and Annex I), the last year of IRIN being part of OCHA (no annual report of IRIN as independent association is available as of October 2016):
UN OCHA: Annual Report 2014, May 2015
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas
Thematic Focus: Aid and Policy; Conflict; Environment and Disasters; Food; Health; Human Rights; Migration; Politics and Economics
IRIN produces “reportage, in-depth interviews, video explainers, interactive maps, graphics, galleries, top ten lists, curated reading suggestions, guest commentary and more.” (IRIN website: About us, undated)
“Through a global network of more than 200 local correspondents, experienced editors and analysts, and an intimate knowledge of the humanitarian sector, IRIN provides insider multimedia news and analysis from hotspots in more than 70 countries.” (IRIN website: About us, undated)
“IRIN uses local voices and expert analysis to bring the inside story on emergencies to the public. […]
Our network of more than 200 trusted journalists in more than 70 countries gives us access to local authorities, community organisations, affected people, and parties to conflicts. Our reporters are often citizens of the countries in which they are based, speak the local language, have followed domestic developments for years, and have extensive personal networks.” (IRIN  website: Our vision, undated)
Language(s) of publications:

English, French and Arabic and will be adding Spanish and Mandarin.
Further reading:

Foreign Policy: Gag Order; Why is the U.N. censoring its own Syria news?, 14 January 2014  
The Guardian: Humanitarian news agency faces closure as UN funding comes to an end, 10 April 2014
The Guardian: Irin humanitarian news service saved after private donor fills UN void, 20 November 2014
Diva International: Interview with Pat Banks, Co-ordinator and founder of the Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN), undated
Mytton, Graham & Rusu, Sharon: IRIN Evaluation Report, March 2003
IRIN: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN, 20 November 2014
IRIN website: About us – Updates, undated
All links accessed 15 November 2016.
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