Facebook’s journalism certification class is just a test on how to use Facebook
Facebook today announced a new certification program for journalists to help them learn how to do their job using Facebook. The online courses, split into three snackable 15-minute sessions, were made in partnership with Poynter and aim to teach reporters how to incorporate Facebook’s tools within their storytelling. These tools include Instagram, Facebook Live, and 360-degree images and videos.
I am happy to report that I failed the certification course. By a lot.
Let’s take a step back: this is not a Facebook guide to how to be a journalist. It’s the Facebook guide to how to use Facebook. There were no questions about journalistic integrity, such as verifying your sources, fact-checking, or how to develop…