Facebook Fundamentals for News launched in the Philippines

Screengrab of Facebook Fundamentals for News registration page.

THE META Journalism Project has launched the Facebook Fundamentals for News Program in the Philippines to train journalists and publishers to “combat misinformation” and “improve journalism.”

The mobile curriculum will be available in both English and Filipino. It includes skills on online safety, best practices on Facebook, and tips on how to best leverage video on the platform.

The mobile upskilling program in the Philippines follows the pilot of the program in Bangladesh in 2021, where over 4,000 journalists were trained through its mobile-first format. Anjali Kapoor, News Partnerships Director of Meta Asia-Pacific program said it has been successful for journalists in Bangladesh.

“We continue to support journalists by providing access to tools and training that will inspire diverse storytelling and best practices globally,” she said. 

The program launched in the Philippines is a collaboration between Meta, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and FYT Media, a community-oriented independent media outfit.

FYT Media called the program a “timely collaboration.”

“This will not only keep our fellow journalists safe online but also nurture an environment in which media freedom and development can flourish,” Voltaire Tupaz, co-founder and Chief Content Officer of FYT Media said.

Journalists who are interested in this program may register through this link: https://bigspring.io/fbfundas. Applications to the program will be closed on September 30, 2022.