Facebook and Reuters launch free e-learning program

Facebook has joined forces with Reuters to launch a free e-learning program named the Reuters Digital Journalist Program. The 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. Moreover, 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.

Developed by Reuters, the curriculum includes modules on digital news gathering, 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,” said Gina Chua, Executive Editor, Reuters. “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.”

The program is geared towards helping regional 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.”

As seen in its previous efforts over the past year or so, Facebook is committed to supporting several initiatives, including small businesses, with this one’s main objective being to continually drive each region’s news community and ensure that reporters are able to 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.

On completion, participants will receive a certificate. To find out more information on the course, check here.