Facebook has rolled out a $6 Million (£4.5 Million) fund to train almost 80 new local reporters in the UK as fraction of a latest “Community News Project.” The objective, as per Facebook, is to motivate more reporting from cities that have lost their local reporters and newspapers. “Community news is shared broadly on the platform, in community groups, and on pages. This partnership will assist us reach societies that do not presently benefit from comprehensive community news,” claimed newspaper publisher Reach PLC’s head of audience, Karyn Fleeting, to the media in an interview.
The fund will be made accessible through the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists), and it will be divided amongst domestic publishers so as to appoint trainees. As per The Guardian, the money is a world first for the social media behemoth.
The program permits the roll out of the Facebook Journalism Project, which witnessed Facebook commitment to support a “strong news bionetwork,” hitting back at condemnations that its website had turned into a haven for misleading and fake news.
On a related note, earlier Facebook declared “Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship” initiative in India in association with the ACJ (Asian College of Journalism). Below the program, the social media will support 5 students from the school all over media such as new media, print, television, and radio. Students who are pursuing a degree and registered as graduate students in journalism are entitled for the program.
The program comes as a fraction of promise made below the Facebook Journalism Project to support the next gen of media correspondents. By joining hands with ACJ, Facebook will be capable of helping train journalism graduates on high integrity and fact-based journalism in the digital epoch, the firm claimed to the media in an interview.