The NAWA Media Newsroom was launched in 2017 with a team of journalism students from the Lebanese University. In 2020, new students joined us from Syria, Yemen, Palestine and Egypt.
In 2020, country-focused newsrooms reported on: the effect of COVID-19 on the economy in Yemen; medical shortages in Egypt; threats faced by journalists in Syria; and the mental health consequences of the Beirut blast. They also worked on podcasts, infographics, and investigations. This wouldn’t have been possible without the six-month training program we organized with openDemocracy, where students learned about sourcing, digital security, investigative journalism, podcasting, open-source investigations, and others. The recordings of these sessions are available on YouTube.
In 2021, we expanded the Newsroom further, to include students from Palestine and focused training on fact-checking health misinformation, this time with additional support from Skeyes Media: Centre for Media and Cultural Freedom. Moore details of this work, and the students involved, can be found on the Team page.
Students use the Newsroom as a training and learning space to enhance their writing and journalistic skills. Please feel free to share with us any constructive comments and ideas you have.