Facebook: Paid News section coming to some countries

Facebook is testing a new feed, different from the one we’re used to for the news site. The new feed would only contain news that paying publishers, not just consumers, have checked and distributed.

23:22 GMT, Thursday, December 3, 2020

Although users will be able to configure the articles or reports they choose to hear, a team of Facebook staff will pre-choose all available content, so not by an algorithm as is normally the case. The latest feed will arrive in the UK and some of the news sources involved are the following:

The Economist, The Guardian, The Independent, London Evening Standard, Liverpool Echo, Manchester Evening News, The Mirror, The Scotsman, STV, The Yorkshire Post. Brands such as Red, Cosmopolitan, Wired, GQ, Glamor, Vogue and Tatler are also lifestyle brands.

The new customized news feed published by paying and checked authors is set to debut on Facebook.

The site will include a combination of filtered and customized core news to consumers. Facebook helps news organisations that are determined to respond to the changing modern world. We are happy that so many agencies are partnering with us to encourage this project. Last year an American version of this concept was first tested.
The organization proceeds to finance the program, following a two-year demonstration project, at a cumulative amount of £ 2.25 million. “According to Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the National Council for Journalist Training, “The announcement that Facebook is expanding this genius initiative is a major boost for journalism and the media sector at such a tough time,” says Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the National Council for Journalist Training (NCTJ).

The NCTJ is proud to be a participant in a program that provides more work in the field of media, thanks to Facebook’s sponsorship and the engagement of publishers. In comparison, an ambitious internship curriculum focused on NCTJ qualifications makes a real difference to the diversity of local newsrooms.