Center for Communication Action Bangladesh, with support from Facebook, is implementing a training program for Bangladeshi journalists, titled ‘Facebook Fundamentals for News’. CCAB’s partners in this initiative are Facebook Journalism Project, Colombo-based Center for Investigative Reporting and training app-developer BigSpring.
The project is training 1000 Bangladeshi journalists with a focus on online safety and best practices for storytelling and newsgathering on Facebook.
The mobile-based curriculum, available in both English and Bangla, trains participants on:
• Best practices for effective storytelling on Facebook
• New storytelling such as Live, 360, Instant Articles etc
• Best use of video to take reportage to the next level
• How to stay safe online and fight back against harassment and security threats
CCAB coaches provide personalized mentoring and support to the participating journalists through the BigSpring app. The innovative approach circumvents the challenges associated with holding in-person training during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive a certificate from Facebook.
The training is open to news reporters, subeditors, web editors, visual journalists and other newsroom staff, as well as freelancers and bloggers.