Facebook has just announced a new program aimed at students pursuing journalism courses in India. This new program will be known as “The Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship” where Facebook will support five students with a scholarship. According to the announcement, the social media giant is teaming up with the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) to establish the scholarship program in India. The announcement pointed out that five students from four career specializations, New Media, Print, Television, and Radio will be selected as part of the scholarship program. The company clarified that only students enrolled as graduate students while pursuing a degree in journalism will be eligible to be selected for this program.
This new program is part of Facebook’s commitment to support the next generation of journalists. The company aims to train journalism students in high integrity journalism that is based on facts in the digital age. The primary reason for this is the changing atmosphere of how news is discovered with fake news and disinformation plaguing the internet. As part of the project, Facebook has teamed up with a number of leading journalism organizations across a number of countries.
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ACJ Chairperson Sashi Kumar issued a statement adding, “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.” Campbell Brown, Global Head of News Partnerships at Facebook went on to add, “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.”
As part of the announcement, Facebook also revealed that it has extended its existing partnership with BOOM Live, one of the few leading digital fact-checking media organizations in India to check facts in Hindi, and Bengali languages as well. BOOM Live will also start fact-checking videos and photos that are shared in addition to the article links. Campbell added, “Through our partnership with BOOM Live we hope to encourage the systemic growth of fact- checking on all platforms.”
Facebook added that it will continue to work on improving its work and partnerships around news literacy in India while expanding to cover more local languages. The company also added that it will partner with newsrooms, journalists and fact checkers in its quest to form “a more informed community.”