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The Facebook Journalism Project and Reuters have launched a free e-learning programme.


South Africa (7 June 2021) – The Facebook Journalism Project and Reuters have launched a free e-learning program. The Reuters Digital Journalism Course aims to support journalists in eight countries across Africa, the Asia Pacific and India, to build a strong foundation in digital reporting and editing.

Journalists from countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India to name a few, will be able to access the free e-learning program.

The curriculum was developed by Reuters and includes modules on digital newsgathering, news verification and reporting, publishing on social media, wellness and resilience training while reporting.

“With news media firmly in the digital age, being able to use digital platforms safely and effectively is essential,” Gina Chua, Executive Editor, Reuters, said in a statement.

“The Reuters Digital Journalism Course offers best practices from Reuters journalists around the world to provide the foundation for sound journalism, whether you’re a budding journalist or a seasoned one looking for a refresher.”

Facebook is proud to partner with Reuters to launch this new e-learning program and help the region’s journalists build strong foundational knowledge as they navigate the changing digital news landscape.

Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, Facebook’s Strategic Media Partnerships Manager – Africa, said: “At Facebook, we’re grateful to journalists across Africa who are working hard to keep their communities informed about the issues that matter to them—especially when the pandemic has made working conditions so challenging. We are delighted to support news media with tools and training to navigate the new challenges of the digital era.”

Facebook is committed to supporting the region’s news community and ensuring reporters can continue their important work to keep communities informed. This initiative follows Facebook’s partnership with Reuters to hold an e-learning course which helped newsrooms around the world equip themselves to identify manipulated media.

Participants will receive a certificate on completion. For more information on the course, click here.

Sources: Supplied | Press Release
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