The Digital Journalism Course aims to support journalists across English-speaking countries to build a strong foundation in digital reporting and editing.
Reuters and Facebook Journalism Project have joined hands to launch the Reuters Digital Journalism Course. This course provides foundational knowledge on digital news reporting for new and seasoned journalists alike, using compelling learning materials and hands-on tutorials in four modules.
The course provides free online training for journalists to improve their digital newsgathering, verification and publishing skills, as well access to wellness and resilience resources.
The Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report this year cautioned that a “greater reliance on social media and other platforms give people access to a wider range of sources … some of which are at odds with official advice, misleading or simply false.” As the media landscape and news consumption habits change, journalists need to understand how to report responsibly, ethically and accurately.
Speaking about the course, Gina Chua, Executive Editor, Reuters, said: “With news media firmly in the digital age, being able to use digital platforms safely and effectively is essential. 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.”
According to Facebook, the course is aimed at both seasoned journalists and industry newcomers. Upon completing the course, participants will receive a certificate.
Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, Strategic Media Partnerships Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, added: “At Facebook, we’re grateful to journalists across Africa who are working hard to keep their communities informed about the issues that matter. The Facebook Journalism Project will assist our region’s journalists in developing strong fundamental knowledge as they navigate the rapidly changing digital news landscape.”
Anjali Kapoor, Director of News Partnerships, Facebook Asia Pacific, stated: “Facebook is proud to partner with Reuters to launch this new e-learning program and help our region’s journalists build strong foundational knowledge as they navigate the changing digital news landscape. Facebook is committed to supporting the region’s news community and ensuring reporters can continue their important work to keep our communities informed.”
The course follows the success of the Reuters manipulated media course, an e-learning course to help newsrooms around the world spot deepfakes and manipulated media, available in 16 additional languages.