Facebook has announced the launch of a dedicated news section in the United Kingdom next year. Facebook News will be launched to users from January and it will have a section devoted to news sources where users can customize the publishers and the content they see.
Facebook is paying for content from publishers including the owners of The Economist, The Guardian, The Independent, London Evening Standard, Liverpool Echo, Manchester Evening News, The Mirror, The Scotsman, STV and The Yorkshire Post, as well as lifestyle brands like Red, Cosmopolitan. Wired, GQ, Glamor, Vogue, and Tatler.
The service will provide users with a mixture of important, curated and personal stories, and this comes as news publishers struggle to generate advertising revenue during the Internet era in the face of the dominant tech giants. By supporting news organizations as they adapt to the changing digital world and we are pleased to have many partners working with us at this early stage. “
The social network expects more publishers to join the program before the launch, and a US version was tried for the first time last year. Facebook also revealed the expansion of the British Community News Project, which paid the company £ 4.5 million to nearly 80 journalists to train journalists to provide local reporting. In disadvantaged areas, after a two-year trial, the social network pays £ 2.25m to continue the scheme for another year.
Facebook said the move means just over half of the current group could be in line for an additional year of training, and Joan Butcher, chief executive of the National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ), said: “The great news is that Facebook is expanding this. The great project is a real boost to journalism and the news industry at such a challenging time, ”she added,“ NCTJ is proud to be a partner in a scheme that, thanks to Facebook’s support and the commitment of publishers, provides more journalistic jobs and an innovative training program that builds on NCTJ’s qualifications and makes a real difference in the diversity of rooms. Local news.
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