Reuters Digital Journalism course 2021 launched in Pakistan with Facebook
Reuters, the world’s biggest multimedia news provider, announced today the launch of the Reuters Digital Journalism Course, produced in partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project. The course offers free online training for journalists to advance their digital newsgathering, verification, and broadcasting skills, as well as access to wellness and resilience resources.
The Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report this year warned that a “greater dependence on social media and other platforms give individuals access to a broader range of sources … some of which are at odds with official assistance, deceptive or simply false.” As the media landscape and news consumption habits change, journalists need to recognize how to report maturely, ethically, and accurately.
Reuters Digital Journalism course 2021
The Reuters Digital Journalism Course provides foundational knowledge on digital news broadcasting for new and seasoned journalists alike, using persuasive learning materials and hands-on tutorials in four modules:
- Digital Newsgathering, which provides users the tools to find stories faster, analyze eyewitness reports, and reach new audiences;
- Verification and Reporting, which explores the essential skills of how to verify sources and content on digital platforms;
- Publishing Effectively on Social Media, which focuses on making powerful and appealing content;
- Wellness and Resilience, which teaches the crucial skill to cope with online harassment and includes self-care 101. The mental well-being and safety of journalists are serious at a time when reporting has possibly never been more challenging.
“With news media confidently 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 deliver the foundation for sound journalism, whether you’re a budding journalist or a seasoned one looking for a refresher.”
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“Facebook is proud to partner with Reuters to introduction this new e-learning program and help our region’s journalists build strong foundational knowledge as they navigate the shifting digital news landscape. Facebook is dedicated to supporting the region’s news community and guaranteeing reporters can continue their significant work to keep our communities informed,” said the Facebook Spokesperson.
The Reuters Digital Journalism Course will first launch in Pakistan (English), Bangladesh (English), Thailand (Thai), Malaysia (English), Indonesia (Indonesian), and Sri Lanka (Sinhala), with further regions and languages to launch in the coming months.
The course follows the success of the Reuters manipulated media course, an e-learning course to support news studios around the world spot deepfakes and manipulated media, available in 16 additional languages.
For more information, visit the course here.