Facebook will spend $5 million paying reporters to join its local news platform

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The VergeFacebook says it will spend $5 million paying local journalists on a new publishing platform. Reuters reported the news on Thursday, saying independent journalists could begin applying for the program today. The company is prioritizing reporters in areas without an existing news source — sometimes called “news deserts” — who plan to cover…
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