The truth is, you can’t do journalism without Facebook these days. And Facebook is committed to improving its training and tools for journalists… As part of its Journalism Project, and in collaboration with the Poynter Institute, the company has introduced a free curriculum to make it a lot easier for journalists to master its products and best practices.
There are three courses to take for the Facebook for Journalists Certificate and all those enrolled who pass Poynter’s assessment will be able to receive a certificate of completion which will be recognised by Facebook’s Blueprint e-learning system Facebook Blueprint and Poynter.
The curriculum makes it easier for journalists to use Facebook and Instagram in their daily work, and includes things like newsgathering, or storytelling in new formats – new ways for journalists to engage with their followers.
As Kelly McBride, vice president of the Poynter Institute explains
You can’t do journalism these days without Facebook. It’s a privilege to team up on this definitive guide for journalists. The information contained in these courses is fundamental to reporting and distributing the news.
Facebook welcomes feedback on the certificate’s curriculum, and journalists who complete the courses are encouraged by Facebook to join its News Media & Publishing group, “where they can suggest new courses, ask questions about Facebook products, connect with colleagues in the industry, share best practices and hear about case studies and product updates.”