Facebook wants to help journalism thrive, and it has a plan.
Facebook on Wednesday announced “the Facebook Journalism Project,” a new initiative that will include more collaboration with media outlets, new tools and training for journalists, as well as education efforts for the general public.
As part of the announcement, Facebook confirmed previous reports that it is bringing ad breaks to its videos, a potentially lucrative move for publishers and for Facebook.
“We know that our community values sharing and discussing ideas and news, and as a part of our service, we care a great deal about making sure that a healthy news ecosystem and journalism can thrive,” wrote Fidji Simo, a director of product at Facebook, in a blog post announcing the program. “That’s why today we’re announcing a new program to establish stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry.” Read more…