Facebook announces $1 million in journalism scholarships

Facebook announces $1 million in journalism scholarships
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Facebook announced Friday that it would contribute more than $1 million to support students pursuing careers in journalism.

In a Friday release, Facebook’s head of news partnerships, former CNN anchor Campbell Brown, wrote that the Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship program will partner with four organizations focused on increasing newsroom diversity. 

“The Facebook Journalism Project is committed to supporting the next generation of journalists,” Brown wrote. “That’s why we’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with some of the leading journalism organizations in the country to establish The Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship program.”

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The company launched the Facebook Journalism Project in January 2017 to promote news literacy and fight the spread of "fake news."

The social media giant has come under harsh scrutiny amid the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election for the role it played in allowing the sale of ads to Russian ”troll farm” Internet Research Agency.

The scholarship program will give $250,000 each to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, the Native American Journalists Association and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association to award $50,000 in scholarships over the next five years.

The program will also start by giving 100 individual awards to students, and five $10,000 scholarship awards in the coming years, awarded to students pursuing degrees in digital media, journalism or communications.