"Today we"re launching a new 'Journalists on Facebook' Page to serve as an ongoing resource for the growing number of reporters using Facebook to find sources, interact with readers, and advance stories," said Justin Osofsky, Facebook's Director of Media Partnerships.
The Page will provide journalists with best practices for integrating the latest Facebook products with their work and connecting with the Facebook audience of more than 500 million people.
Along with the "Journalists on Facebook" Page, Mark Zuckerberg's firm also plans to start a Facebook Journalism Meetup program, which will host events across the globe to have hands-on workshops on how to use Facebook as a reporting tool. With the new initiative, Facebook wants to engage in an open dialogue with the journalism community.
The first Meetup will be held on Apr 27 at Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Interested journalists can attend the meeting by registering with Facebook.
Facebook said that it has been used as a reporting tool past 10 years and it revealed the New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof"s use of Facebook to report on events in Cairo while he was on the ground and Washington Post staff writer Ian Shapira's use of Facebook as a powerful storytelling advice.