What is the Face­book scheme?

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Face­book is do­nat­ing £4.5m to fund 80 re­porters in news­rooms across the UK as part of its com­mu­nity re­port­ing scheme.

It says it has cho­sen lo­ca­tions that are cur­rently un­der-rep­re­sented be­cause of cut­backs in the re­gional press. Re­porters will be em­ployed on two year con­tracts with the brief to cover com­mu­ni­ties or top­ics that are cur­rently un­der-re­ported.

The scheme will be overseen by the Na­tional Coun­cil for the Train­ing of Jour­nal­ists, who will also help em­ploy­ers re­cruit re­porters from di­verse back­grounds.

There is no in­di­ca­tion what will hap­pen at the end of the two year con­tract pe­riod.

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