Facebook working towards better journalism in midst of fake news crisis

facebook_2015_logo_detailLast week, Facebook announced its new Journalism Project, which aims to forge stronger bonds between the social media site and the journalism industry. According to TechNewsWorld, the goal is to improve the quality of journalism that reaches Facebook users, along with working to eliminate fake news.

Facebook outlined the Journalism Project’s set goals as the following:

  • Collaborating with news organizations to develop products, including creating new story formats to better suit their needs, and creating new business models to help partners better distribute and monetize their content;
  • Partnering with the Poynter Institute to launch a certificate curriculum for e-learning journalism courses and providing local newsroom training with various partners;
  • Working with The First Draft Network to provide virtual certification for content;
  • Providing free access to social media analytics on the CrowdTangle platform Facebook recently purchased;
  • Letting Page admins designate specific journalists as contributors so they can go live on behalf of the page;
  • Providing a live update feature for publishers; and
  • Continuing efforts to curb fake news.

Facebook representative Liz Allbright told TechNewsWorld that “In the end we hope all these efforts, together, will enable our community to have meaningful conversations, to be informed and to be connected to each other.”