Facebook has announced to invest $4.5 million towards helping the news industry globally. Therefore, Facebook announced “Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship” programme in India in partnership with ACJ – Asian College of Journalism. Under this partnership, Facebook will support five students in four career specializations – Print, New Media, Radio, and Television. To be eligible for the programme, applicants must be enrolled as graduate students and must be pursuing a degree in journalism.
Sashi Kumar, the chairperson of Asian College of Journalism said –
“We are happy to partner with the Facebook Journalism Project. We believe our students will benefit from this powerful initiative. It will provide valuable hands-on experience and the expertise to distinguish informative and trust-worthy news.”
Moreover, Facebook has extended its partnership with digital fact checking firm, Boom Live. This organization will now provide fact-checking capabilities in Hindi and Bengali. Campbell Brown, Facebook’s Global Head of News Partnerships said –
“Just as the business of news is constantly changing, the skills and capabilities of our future journalists must also evolve. Our association with ACJ reflects our commitment to support the journalism ecosystem by training future journalists. Through our partnership with Boom Live, we hope to encourage the systematic growth of fact-checking on all platforms. Taken together, they represent a step towards supporting the future of reliable journalism around the world.”
Facebook also said that it will continue to strengthen its work and partnerships around news literacy in India and extend it across local languages, partner newsrooms, and journalists to build a more informed community.
Founder of Boom Live, Govindraj Ethiraj said –
“We are excited about expanding our partnership with Facebook and applying the learnings from the Karnataka pilot. We hope this will contribute to ongoing efforts to combat misinformation online.”
Facebook mentioned that it is also working with publishers across the US and Europe to test support for subscriptions in “Instant Articles”. The Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship is serving as a hub to promote and support high-quality journalism on the social media giant’s platform.