Facebook Announces Facebook Newswire For Journalists

Facebook wants to be the No. 1 source for breaking news stories, and with over 1 billion members playing on the world's largest social playground, it's certainly feasible. What's lacking are resources journalists (or would-be journalists), but that's changing with the roll out of FB Newswire, which Mark Zuckerberg and the gang say will make it easier for news posters and newsrooms to find, share, and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce.

In doing so, Facebook is taking a shot at Twitter, the go-to social networking platform for real-time news updates and breaking stories. These two sites have been keeping a close eye on one another, each one taking a page from the other in certain areas. Twitter, for example, recently introduced a revamped profile page that looks a lot like Facebook's, and now Facebook is trying to dominate the news scene like Twitter.

FB Newswire has its own page on Facebook that you can 'Like' and follow for breaking stories. It's filled with photos, videos, and statuses updates from people and journalists on the front lines. It's all powered by Storyful, a social content discovery and verification service for newsrooms.


"News is finding a bigger audience on Facebook than ever before. Journalists and media organizations have become an integral part of Facebook, which is visible in features like Trending Topics, improvements to Pages, and recent changes to News Feed," Facebook said. "Publishers are seeing the results of our commitment, with referral traffic from Facebook to media sites growing more than 4x in 2013, and we’re excited to deepen our relationship with media organizations and journalists in the days to come."

Now for your daily dose of irony -- if you'd rather not follow FB Newswire on Facebook but are still intrigued by what it has to offer, you can follow @FBNewswire on Twitter instead.

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