Supporting Investigative Journalism in North Africa & Western Asia (NAWA)

NAWA Media is an open-access platform aimed at media activists, online verification enthusiasts, media professionals and journalism students, offering them support through training resources, networking opportunities and access to funding. It is the result of the collaborative Check project, involving researchers based at the Birmingham Centre for Media & Cultural Research, technology partner Meedan, and a number of grassroot media and community partners in Egypt, Lebanon Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Europe and the US.

The open-access resources you’ll find here are aimed at delivering practical journalism skills in areas such as digital media literacy, citizen reporting, online verification and investigative journalism. Additionally, the NAWA Investigative Fund is our programme independently funding new journalism in the region. The Lebanese University Newsroom is another legacy of our work, a ‘mobile newsroom’ run by students, covering events and conferences. You can find out about both projects on this site.

NAWA Investigative Fund

There is a pressing need for quality investigative journalism from, for, and about the Arab region. The NAWA-IF supports a new generation of journalists in the region by providing micro-grants for investigative work across all media. This fund supports investigative projects that look deeper into the region as a whole, how it connects, and the global impacts of events since the 2011 uprisings.

Learn More about NAWA Investigative Fund

NAWA Media Check Newsroom

The Check Newsroom was launched in 2017 with a team of journalism students from the Lebanese University. In 2020, new teams joined us from EgyptSyria and Yemen. These are the stories they are contributing from their own countries. We have also been working on cross-country stories and investigations, so stay tuned.

We are using this blog as a training and a teaching space for our students to enhance their writing and journalistic skills. So please share with us any constructive comments and ideas you have.


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