Facebook Journalism Project has been revealed on Wednesday. Its primary goal is to have stronger ties with the news industry. It will focus on several areas, such as the development of new products, new training, and tools for news reporters or journalists and mechanisms that can help in stopping fake news.
“We know that our community values sharing and discussing ideas and news, and as a part of our service, we care a great deal about making sure that a healthy news ecosystem and journalism can thrive. That’s why today we’re announcing a new program to establish stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry. We will be collaborating with news organizations to develop products, learning from journalists about ways we can be a better partner, and working with publishers and educators on how we can equip people with the knowledge they need to be informed readers in the digital age.” – Fidji Simo, Director Of Product
New Storytelling Formats
This new collaboration with journalists could lead to a different storytelling format. Apart from that, it offers more support for all local news content. It also aims to experiment with new business models, like subscriptions and hackathons. The social media company is also planning to have a global listening tour to encourage regular communication between the publishing industry and the company.
Facebook will soon launch a certificate curriculum for journalists through its partnership with Poynter.
“In addition to the newsroom training we currently offer, we’re now conducting a series of e-learning courses on Facebook products, tools and services for journalists. We will be expanding these trainings to nine additional languages, and partnering with Poynter to launch a certificate curriculum for journalists in the months ahead.”
In its efforts to stop or curb fake news, Facebook said:
“We recently announced improvements on our platform to further reduce the spread of news hoaxes — including ways for people to report them more easily and new efforts to disrupt the financial incentives for spammers. In addition, we launched a program to work with third-party fact checking organizations that are signatories of Poynter’s International Fact Checking Code of Principles to identify hoaxes on Facebook. This problem is much bigger than any one platform, and it’s important for all of us to work together to minimize its reach.”
For several news organizations, there is a genuine value in this collaboration. But it should not only focus on Facebook but also with other publishers. Journalists and editors would also like the social media company to share its data about how its users are interacting with news content. They wish to know how hard down people would scroll when they read an Instant Article or how long they are watching videos.
As journalists start to become involved in these meetings, they have more voice and Facebook will know and understand why they want those data. They see it as a positive thing that the social media company is having these initiatives, even though not all of them would succeed.