New Delhi, : In its bid to curb the spread of fake news and ensure high-quality journalism in India, Facebook on Thursday announced its first partnership in the country with Chennai-based Asian School of Journalism (ACJ). Part of the Facebook Journalism Project — announced last year to develop high-quality journalism around the world — the partnership will also establish a scholarship programme at ACJ.
By partnering with ACJ, Facebook that has 270 million users in India will be able to help train journalism students on fact-based and high integrity journalism in the digital age, the social media giant said in a statement. The scholarship programme will support five students from ACJ in four career specialisations — print, new media, radio and television. Facebook also announced to extend its collaboration with Mumbai-based BOOMLive, an independent digital journalism initiative. BOOMLive is certified by the Poynter Institute, the international fact-checking network. Facebook said it will continue to strengthen its work and partnerships around news literacy in India and extend it across local languages, partner newsrooms, journalists and fact checkers to build a more informed community. (IANS)