Facebook looks to support local news
November 19, 2018
London (CNN Business)As Facebook faces increasing scrutiny for misinformation on its platform, its UK arm is looking to help bolster local reporting.
The social media site is donating £4.5 million pounds (about $6 million) to the National Council for the Training of Journalists to launch the Community News Project, the company announced Monday.
The fund will train around 80 “community journalists” placing them in local newsrooms around the United Kingdom for two year stints.
It’s the first project of its kind by Facebook, a spokesperson told CNN Business, though Facebook has previously launched projects
in the United States to help local news outlets increase their digital subscription rates and has previously donated to non-profit news organizations.
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