"With news media firmly in the digital age, being able to use digital platforms safely and effectively is essential," says Gina Chua, executive editor at Reuters.

"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," adds Chua.

The curriculum was developed by Reuters and includes modules on:
  • digital newsgathering
  • news verification and reporting
  • publishing on social media
  • wellness, and
  • resilience training while reporting.
Journalists from countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and India will be able to access the free e-learning programme.

Facebook has indicated that it is proud to partner with Reuters to launch the programme and help the region's journalists build strong foundational knowledge as they navigate the changing digital news landscape. 

Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, Facebook's strategic media partnerships manager in Africa, concludes, "At Facebook, we're grateful to journalists across Africa who are working hard to keep their communities informed about the issues that matter to them — especially when the pandemic has made working conditions so challenging. We are delighted to support news media with tools and training to navigate the new challenges of the digital era."

This initiative follows Facebook's partnership with Reuters to hold an e-learning course, which helped newsrooms around the world equip themselves to identify manipulated media. Participants will receive a certificate on completion.

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