Facebook has become a virtual newsroom of sorts, with a recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project finding that three out of 10 U.S. adults get at least some news while on Facebook, and 78 percent of Facebook users see news while navigating the site. Now, the social network is aiming to become an invaluable resource for journalists and media organizations, announcing that it teamed up with social content discovery outfit Storyful to launch FB Newswire.
Facebook quietly pulled the plug on its questions tool for pages, but the feature is not completely dead yet.
Facebook has been making nice with the media this week, following up its addition of two Open Graph tags aimed at helping media outlets and journalists cultivate likes and follows with a list of tips on how the new Video on Instagram features can aid them in their reporting.
Facebook introduced two new Open Graph tags tailored for journalists and media outlets — one that lets publishers link articles to their Facebook pages, and a second that allows them to link articles to the authors’ pages.
Journalists were all about Facebook Wednesday, as the company conducted its first-quarter earnings call. The social network returned the favor Thursday, offering up best practices for journalists and best practices for media companies’ pages, as well as a case study highlighting the successful run on Facebook by Slate.
As the recent tragedy in Boston showed, Facebook can be a valuable resource for journalists looking to spread the news, as well as to connect with readers and sources. Facebook recently published a thorough guide outlining the best practices for reporters on the social network.
Maybe Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comparison of News Feed to a personalized newspaper wasn’t too far off. According to the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media 2013 report, Facebook is a key way that news outlets such as The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, and Yahoo reach their readers. The report notes that major U.S. news sites get an average of 9 percent of their traffic from Facebook, compared with 4 percent when measured 15 months ago.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg compared the social network’s revamped News Feed to a personalized newspaper when it was introduced Thursday at a press event at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. But how does the new News Feed impact actual journalists?
The graph search friends-based search engine Facebook announced Tuesday can be a valuable source for valuable sources for journalists, and for photos, as well, Journalist Program Manager Vadim Lavrusik wrote in a note on the Facebook + Journalists page.
A Facebook analysis studying journalists’ use of the subscribe feature finds that the group have experienced a 320 percent average increase in subscribers since November, 2011.