Ahead of the European Parliament elections in May 2019, the Facebook News Partnerships team is extending greater support to newsrooms around the region as journalists prepare to cover the elections. Through the Facebook Journalism Project, we want to help journalists globally to develop their skills for the digital age, whether they’re covering elections, telling stories in new formats, or deepening relationships with their readers. Our support includes:
- Holding 10 training events for newsrooms in the run up to the European Parliamentary elections. We plan to train around 750 journalists on, among other things, how to tell digital stories on our platforms, and how to spot false news and maintain integrity in digital reporting.
- Offering free online training courses for journalists on a range of topics including immersive storytelling and engaging your audience through Facebook Groups.
- Partnering with independent, third-party fact-checkers in Europe to reduce the spread of misinformation on our platform. Today, we have 43 partners around the world fact checking content in 24 languages and have rolled out the ability for fact-checkers to review photos and videos in addition to article links.
Protecting the integrity of elections while making sure people can have a voice is a top priority for Facebook. Our tactics on platform include blocking and removing fake accounts; finding and removing bad actors; limiting the spread of false news and misinformation; and bringing unprecedented transparency to political advertising. Our approach to this problem — like the problem itself — is multifaceted and we know we still have much to do.
Training Newsrooms Across the Region
As part of the Facebook Journalism Project’s mission to collaborate with the news industry, the Facebook News Partnerships team is increasing support across the region. In a series of in-person events for newsrooms, the team is training around 750 journalists on how to tell digital stories on our platforms, how to newsgather great content and deepen relationships with their audiences.
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We’ll be holding 10 training sessions in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden.
Online Certificate for Journalists
As well as in-person trainings, we have created free online courses with the Poynter Institute — presented in 14 different languages including English, Spanish, French, German Portuguese and Italian. More than 100,000 people have participated in these courses to learn how to leverage technology to better reach audiences. Journalists can participate in these online resources to learn about connecting, building, and leveraging their audience for effective storytelling.
Discover some of the online resources below or enroll in the full programme to get your Facebook for Journalists Certificate from Facebook and Poynter.