Facebook announces FB Newswire, a resource for journalists

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By Justin Lafferty Comment

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Facebook has announced a partnership with social content discovery platform Storyful — FB Newswire, an easier way for reporters, journalists and bloggers to discovery newsworthy stories on the social network.

Andy Mitchell, Facebook’s Director of News & Global Media Partnerships, described this new venture:

Today, we’re excited to announce FB Newswire, a resource that will make it easier for journalists and newsrooms to find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce.

Powered by Storyful, the leader in social content discovery and verification for newsrooms, FB Newswire aggregates newsworthy content shared publicly on Facebook by individuals and organizations across the world for journalists to use in their reporting. This will include original photos, videos and status updates posted by people on the front lines of major events like protests, elections and sporting events.

Aine Kerr, Managing Editor of Storyful, wrote about how this partnership will help everyone involved:

Storyful’s discovery technology and expert journalists will bring a new layer of verification, curation and community engagement to content on the platform.

We will be finding and verifying compelling videos, images and posts around breaking news stories and tentpole events, unearthing trends and memes and debunking false stories and myths.

In recent days alone, we’ve verified content of the protests and tensions in Ukraine, the search for missing ferry passengers in South Korea, the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Australia and Miss America being asked to the prom at a graduation ceremony.

We believe this new Newswire, powered by Storyful, will prove Facebook is both an origin and a destination for news and can showcase Storyful’s ability to surface real-time stories from around the world.

FB Newswire has a Facebook page and can also be found on Twitter, @FBNewswire.

Readers: What do you think of this announcement?

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