Journalism Students Work as Instagram Editors in US Local Newsrooms
Offered in collaboration with the Reynolds Journalism Institute, the Instagram Local News Fellowship is a ten-week summer program for journalism students to work as Instagram editors in US local newsrooms. Fellows develop Instagram strategies to support each publisher’s business goals. Newsroom leaders mentor the fellows and share their journalistic expertise. The program includes a stipend funded by the Facebook Journalism Project.
Fellows Spotlight COVID-19 Impact on Local Communities
Tasked with using their newsrooms’ platforms to connect, serve and engage their communities with information about the spread of COVID-19, the Fellows partnered with BuzzFeed News and USA TODAY to shine a light on how people in cities across the US are being affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
This year's fellows generated more than 111,000 new followers for their newsrooms’ accounts, more than doubled the posting frequency, and increased total interaction by 120% and video views by 360%, compared to the same time period last year.