When it comes to news gathering, Facebook believes they can be of help to journalists all over the world. And to prove it, they recently came out with a free tool called Signal for both Facebook and Instagram. With the help of Signal, journalists can readily see trends, photos, videos and posts that can help them put their stories together.
According to Facebook Director of Media Partnerships Andy Mitchell, journalists will be able to easily “source, gather, and embed” content from Facebook and Instagram, whether it’s about the headlines, entertainment, sports and culture. Working with the worldwide media seems to be at the forefront of Facebook’s mission nowadays as the social media giant has also come out with Facebook Mentions and Live for Verified Profiles feature just last week.
A journalist with a verified profile can actually use Facebook Mentions to report live from a scene and even hold real-time Q&A session with followers. Moreover, media professionals can also share links, texts or photos to their followers and also see what people are saying about them.
Meanwhile, with the help of Signal, journalists will be able to see right away what’s trending. Moreover, they will also be able to monitor topics from both people and Pages, allowing for deeper context. And to help figure out who’s at the top of the searches, Signal also comes with Leaderboards that readily ranks public figures according to the most mentions on Facebook. This board features just about anybody who is a somebody including actors, politicians, athletes, sports teams, musicians, authors and more.
With Signal, Facebook hopes to gather feedback to help guide the new tool into becoming more useful for industry professionals.