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Over 1000 Bangladeshi journalists to be trained by Facebook

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  • 6 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Over 1000 Bangladeshi journalists to be trained by Facebook

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Facebook Journalism Project has partnered with the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and Center for Communication Action Bangladesh (C-CAB) to upskill over 1,000 journalists.

The programme, Facebook Fundamentals for News, will be delivered completely digitally via BigSpring, mobile skilling platform partner, said a press release.

The mobile curriculum, available in both English and Bangla, includes skills on online safety, best practices on Facebook, and how to best leverage video on the platform. The program can be accessed via mobile and web.

 "We are committed to supporting quality journalism and providing tools and training to journalists globally," said Anjali Kapoor, Director of News Partnerships, Facebook Asia Pacific.

Zain Mahmood, Executive Director at Center for Communication Action Bangladesh explained, “We welcome the support of Facebook to bring a curriculum that can help improve the social media skills of our journalists and strengthen the foundation of reporting across the country.”

Dilrukshi Handunetti, Executive Director of Center for Investigative Reporting said, “This collaboration provides the opportunity for us to nurture the next generation of journalists, and equip them with best practices of working across platforms and new ways of storytelling.”

Bhakti Vithalani, the Founder and CEO of BigSpring added, “We are delighted to provide the mobile platform that puts digital skills into the hands of journalists in Bangladesh. BigSpring’s platform enables users to access bite-sized content and engage in learning communities to gain skills proficiency.”

Journalists can register for this programme using iOS and Android phones.

The curriculum follows Facebook Journalism Project’s commitment to Bangladeshi journalists, which also includes other training programmes, such as the recent launch of Reuters Digital Journalism Course to enhance reporting skills.