Facebook is reaching out to journalists with its Journalism Project to enhance ties between it and the news industry.
The project, Facebook says, will be a collaboration effort to develop new products, to explore new storytelling formats, how to build local news, and what it calls emerging business models. It'll also be holding hackathons, and will be holding regular meetings with publishers in the US and Europe.
It's also going to provide e-learning courses on Facebook products, tools and services, including making use of its recently acquired CrowdTangle news surfacing tool.
There will also be training and tools for all Facebook members, and this will include the promotion of new literacy, and continuing efforts to curb the spread of hoax news.
Clearly, Facebook wants to capture a greater share of the news, and these collaborative efforts will help it learn more. The one that concerns me most is that it will hasten the expiration of local newspapers as we know it.