The Poynter Institute and Facebook to Partner on Innovative Journalism Certificate
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2017) – The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism, announced today it will work with Facebook to develop a 2017 training certificate program for journalists.
The curriculum is part of The Facebook Journalism Project, a new initiative to establish stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry.
This certificate will focus on a series of e-learning courses on Facebook and Instagram products, tools and services for journalists. Poynter will provide feedback on the curriculum and develop assessments that measure the proficiency of each course. This innovative project builds on Poynter’s Certificate of Proficiency program, launched in 2010, that is designed to measure an individual’s knowledge of the industry’s essential skills and best practices.
“We’re honored, indeed, that Facebook turned to Poynter for developing this certificate,” said Poynter President Tim Franklin. “Poynter’s prominence as a voice for independent journalism combined with our expertise in online learning makes us the perfect partner to help journalists with the tools they need in the digital age.”
More than 20 media companies and journalism organizations have partnered with Poynter in the last year for training. Those partners include Google, USA Today Network, McClatchy, Participant Media, Univision, The Associated Press, GateHouse and the American Society of Business Publication Editors.
This certificate is one of a series of initiatives announced today in The Facebook Journalism Project. The project will focus on three areas: collaborative development of news products, training and tools for journalists, and training and tools for the public.
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