Six countries in Latin America have presidential, national or general elections this year. While newsrooms across the region have been gearing up, Facebook’s News Partnerships team has been supporting journalists with trainings and resources to help strengthen their newsgathering skills and connect with audiences.
Most recently, through the Facebook Journalism Project, the team in Argentina has been meeting with many local news outlets across the country which includes a six-city roadshow, newsroom bootcamps, and an innovation hackathon.
The goal is to share Facebook’s latest efforts to support quality content on platform, provide tools for keeping journalists safe, and offer best practices for using Facebook, Instagram and CrowdTangle to cover the General Election.
The roadshow activates in six cities across the country — Córdoba, Salta, Buenos Aires, Mendonza, Puerto Madryn, Corrientes — to support local news outlets in understanding how Facebook, Instagram and CrowdTangle can be used during elections. The key areas of focus include:
- Developing the skills of newsroom operators and others in using tools such as Video, Live and Stories for storytelling and audience engagement.
- Sharing best practice and strategies for newsroom operators and others to better engage existing audience and grow new Followers.
- Offering insights into the latest Facebook is doing to fight misinformation on platform, promote news literacy in region, and support quality journalism through local news.
A key component of our strategy to support local news throughout the election cycle is to provide immersive trainings in newsrooms tailored to each newsroom’s challenges and goals. By working with these publishers on site, we’re able to share product best practices and case studies to best meet their needs for coverage before, during and after the election. The workshops are hands-on and include a help desk-type atmosphere in which newsroom operators can ask questions in real time. There’s a wide range of topics the team is prepared to address with some of the most common being how news feed works, publishing and promoting video across Facebook and Instagram, and using CrowdTangle as a tool for newsgathering.
An Innovation Hackathon
Elections Hackathon Argentina 2019: Hacking the news and re-setting elections coverage is a Facebook program in partnership with Media Party and Hack/Hackers BA. The goal is to encourage creativity and innovation in the way publishers are thinking about and implementing their election coverage across all digital platforms. Facebook engineers, local tech experts, and people with intimate knowledge of how local campaigns operate, came together to guide and help build innovative election coverage-related ideas sparked by journalists. Journalists came with smart ideas and the Facebook team with its partners chose four, and are helping develop those four ideas over a four-month period. The Hackathon will culminate with an event in Buenos Aires where the results of the four projects will be showcased and lessons will be shared.
A Fact-Checking Consortium
Local fact-checker Chequeado, global news agency AFP, and organizations First Draft and Pop-up Newsroom recently announced Reverso, the first fact-checking consortium for 2019 presidential elections in Argentina. The project brings together more than 80 media outlets and tech companies to fight misinformation and protect election integrity. Reverso receives financial and technological support from Facebook and Whatsapp among others.
Additional Resources for Journalists
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 transparency to political advertising. Our approach to this problem — like the problem itself — is multifaceted and continues to evolve. Below are some helpful tools for journalists to use in support of election coverage:
Elections Guide — A summary of Facebook tools to help publishers with audience development and newsgathering before, during, and after elections.
Safety Tips for Journalists — From protecting your passwords to turning on two-factor authentication, download guides, and view tips for journalists to stay safe on the Facebook platform and off.
Facebook Courses for Journalists — The Facebook for Journalists Certificate is a free curriculum in partnership with the Poynter Institute to make it easier for journalists to utilize Facebook and Instagram in their daily work.
CrowdTangle During Elections — CrowdTangle’s core products can be used to monitor what’s happening on social media during elections for newsgathering. This guide offers topline tips to get started.
Facebook Journalism Project Newsletter — Sign up to stay in-the-know on the latest programs and resources available to the news industry.