Facebook Commits $4.5 Million for Local News Organizations

Facebook Commits $4.5 Million for Local News Organizations

has announced commitments totaling $4.5 million in support of local news publishers through its .

The investments follow the successful piloting earlier this year of the program, an intensive twelve-week program during which fourteen metro newspapers tested various subscriber acquisition strategies, both on- and off-Facebook. The new commitments include $3.5 million to launch the Facebook Membership Accelerator, a three-month bootcamp-style curriculum designed to help nonprofit news organizations and local independent publishers convert and retain paying subscribers by providing access to exclusive membership content and experiences.

Facebook also will make a $1 million donation to , a national matching campaign at the that doubles donations to nonprofit newsrooms by pooling funds from a group of local and national funders that includes the , the , the , and the .

"As always, the suite of Accelerator pilot programs is borne out of our commitment to trusted, informative, and local journalism," wrote Campbell Brown, Facebook's global head of news, in a . "We look forward to these next steps in ensuring our platform connects people to the news and information that is most important to them as part of the Facebook Journalism Project."

Campbell Brown. "." Facebook Blog Post 08/02/2018.