Facebook Looking To Hire Journalists To Curate Dedicated ‘News Tab’

Posted: Aug 20 2019, 11:00pm CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Facebook looking to hire journalists to curate dedicated ‘News Tab’

The hired veteran journalists will only be tasked to curate, not edit or write stories and headlines.

In an attempt to enter the publishing space, Facebook plans to hire seasoned journalists to help curate its dedicated space for news, called the News Tab.

The company confirmed the move to The New York Times, saying it aims “to provide a personalized, highly relevant experience for people” with the News Tab.

The news comes less than three weeks after The Wall Street Journal reported that the social media behemoth is planning to offer “millions of dollars” to news outlets to secure rights to publish their news content later this year. Facebook tapped ABC News, Wall Street Journal parent Dow Jones, The Washington Post and Bloomberg, sources told the Journal at the time.

Most recently, the company told the Times that Facebook will hire a team of editors to join its News Tab venture, which will be part of the Facebook mobile app.

The News Tab will reportedly feature the most recent and relevant stories for readers. Facebook has yet to release an announcement, but we are anticipating the News Tab to look and feel more like Flipboard, Feedly or the Apple News app.

Meanwhile, the Times said Facebook will soon put up job postings for journalists on its website on Tuesday.

Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of news partnerships, said: “To start, for the Top News section of the tab we’re pulling together a small team of journalists to ensure we’re highlighting the right stories.”

CNBC, meanwhile, reported that the hired veteran journalists will not be responsible for editorial duties such as editing headlines or stories or even writing content. They will only help curate breaking news and top stories.

According to the news outlet, Facebook will target news content according to a user’s preference, taking into account what pages the user follows, what publishers they subscribe to and what type of news they interact with.

Facebook is facing criticism over the growing number of “fake news” that misinform users and often become vehicles for propaganda. The News Tab plan could be the company’s last ditch attempt to address this issue.

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