Social networking site Facebook on Thursday announced its partnership with Chennai-based Asian School of Journalism (ACJ), which aims at ensuring high-quality journalism in India. The partnership, which is a part of the Facebook Journalism Project, will also curb the spread of fake news. "The association with ACJ reflects our commitment to support the journalism ecosystem by training future journalists," said Campbell Brown, Facebook's Global Head of News Partnerships. At present, Facebook has over 270 million users in India.
The social media giant also plans to establish a scholarship programme at Asian School of Journalism. It will support five students from the institute in four career specializations -- print, television, new media and radio. Partnership with ACJ will allow Facebook to help train journalism students on fact-based and high integrity journalism in the digital age.
"We are happy to partner with the Facebook Journalism Project. It will provide valuable hands-on experience and the expertise to distinguish informative and trustworthy news," said Sashi Kumar, Chairperson, ACJ.
Facebook will also be extending its collaboration with Mumbai-based BOOMLive, an independent digital journalism initiative which is certified by the international fact-checking network - the Poynter Institute.
"Through our partnership with BOOMLive, we hope to encourage the systemic growth of fact-checking on all platforms," Brown added.
"Following fact checking in English during the Karnataka pilot stage, BOOMLive will now also provide fact checking capabilities in Hindi and Bengali, and will also fact-check photos and videos, in addition to article links," Facebook noted.