Facebook Journalism Project and The Poynter Institute announce two new online courses

As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, we are committed to working with journalists and publishers around the world as they look for tools to better engage with their audiences. Today, as part of this commitment, we are announcing two free new Facebook Blueprint eLearning courses, created in partnership with the Poynter Institute: CrowdTangle and Facebook Groups. 

The Facebook Groups course looks at how journalists and publishers can use Facebook Groups to engage their audiences, source content for news stories and provide spaces for conversation and topical discussion. The course will also include an overview of engagement and analytical best practices.

The course on CrowdTangle examines how journalists and publishers can use CrowdTangle to source content for stories, keep up on topic areas they cover in their work and measure the performance of their own Pages and accounts as well as those of competitors. 

"We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project on the Blueprint courses. These new courses will bring valuable training to journalists to help them get the best audience for their stories,” said Kelly McBride, vice president at Poynter.

These courses are the latest in our ongoing partnership with the Poynter Institute on a series of free eLearning courses (facebook.com/journalists) developed specifically for journalists and publishers to help them use Facebook products to find and tell stories online. All of the courses are co-written by Poynter and the Facebook Journalism Project, with a final assessment designed by Poynter.

Course enrollees who pass Poynter’s written assessment will receive a certificate of completion, recognized by both Facebook and Poynter, via Blueprint, Facebook's global training and certification program. 

Since we launched in 2017, more than 100,000 participants have taken the courses through our online journalist training program in more than 10 languages and in over 30 countries. 

The two new courses are currently in English, with plans to launch them in 13 additional languages in the coming months. To enroll, please visit facebook.com/journalists.