As part of the Facebook Journalism Project’s commitment to support publishers and newsrooms in the Middle East and North Africa, our local news partnerships team continues to work closely with media organizations and journalists in this exciting, vibrant part of the world. We aim to help journalists and publishers here through investment in training, and by establishing strong partnerships.

From June 17-19, we held the Dubai News Pop-up, a three-day initiative aimed at connecting newsrooms and training journalists in the region. We held two newsroom bootcamps with partners including Al Arabiya and Sky News Arabia, attended by more than 100 journalists, social media managers, and executives. We offered training on how the Facebook News Feed works; our integrity efforts (learn more about our “Remove, Reduce, Inform” strategy here); Community Standards; video and social viewing; Instagram and IGTV for newsrooms; groups and CrowdTangle.

We also hosted a training event in partnership with the Dubai Press Club for more than 200 journalists, content creators, publishers, and other media professionals. Hot topics included the future of the news industry, Facebook’s tools for journalists, and our commitment to tackling bad content and misinformation.

Want to know more?

Facebook Courses for Journalists — The Facebook for Journalists Certificate is a free curriculum created in partnership with the Poynter Institute to make it easier for journalists to navigate Facebook and Instagram.

Safety Tips for Journalists — From protecting your passwords to turning on two-factor authentication, read tips for staying safe on Facebook.

CrowdTangle — The easiest way to keep track of what’s happening on social media.

Facebook Journalism Project Newsletter — Sign up to stay in-the-know on our latest programs and resources for the news industry.