In April, Facebook announced a $ 5 million pledge to support local independent journalists through its new Bulletin platform, designed to help freelance writers, experts, journalists and authoritative voices reach new audiences on Facebook.
Today, 25 independent local journalists from across the country joined the initiative, which recognizes that local news is the heart of our communities. More people are turning to mobile and digital channels during the pandemic to stay on top of local news and information, and Facebook Bulletin is a new platform for writers, independent experts and authoritative voices. to find, build and monetize their audience.
Ryan Kawailani Ozawa, technology journalist and community organizer based in Honolulu, was selected to participate in the program, following an application process conducted in partnership with the International Center of Journalists (ICFJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). He is the only participant in the launch in Hawaii.
Drawing on decades of experience in print, radio, television and online media, Ozawa will publish the âHawaii Bulletin,â which will focus on island innovation. It will spotlight science, technology, startups and entrepreneurs based in Hawaii, and feature local leaders, creators, educators, and more, as well as indigenous knowledge and local initiatives.
âBulletin combines the undeniable connective tissue that Facebook already provides to countless communities with something as simple and accessible as email,â says Ozawa.
“This will hopefully give me a chance to be more personal, and perhaps more opinionated, than my old school journalism training might dictate otherwise,” he adds. “I hope this will also make readers feel more personally connected to the stories I tell.”
Many creators are already sharing their content and engaging with audiences on Facebook. Bulletin provides a way for Facebook to support its work and activities by connecting readers to Bulletin posts and facilitating new relationships directly with editors.
Creators will have the opportunity to connect more closely with their audiences on Facebook with Bulletin, which brings together written and audio content – from podcasts to live audio rooms – in one place, and promotes community through tools like than groups.
âAs the Bulletin rolls out, we look forward to creating more tools and services that meet the needs of freelance writers,â said Campbell Brown, vice president of global partnerships for Facebook. “This includes a new partnership with the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York (CUNY) to deliver a bespoke version of their Entrepreneurial Journalism Creator Program (EJCP) exclusively for this group of local writers.”
All Bulletin editors will also benefit from Facebook’s partnership with Inbox Collective and Dan Oshinsky, who led the newsletter strategy at The New Yorker and BuzzFeed, which will provide free learning opportunities on newsletter strategy design, as well as 1: 1 advice and support.
âWith access to these services and the tools that Bulletin offers to create content, create an engaged audience and generate income, we can better support writers in their efforts to create independent businesses, in turn helping them to serving their communities and giving people the local information essential to their lives, âsays Brown.