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The Live Blog: January 18, 2017

Since rolling out Facebook Live, we’ve seen people and publishers around the world seize the opportunity to share their experiences as they happen, especially during key cultural moments. We’ve been inspired by the creativity we’ve seen, and with this weekly series, we’ll highlight some interesting Facebook Lives from the past week.

Here are 10 standout live videos:

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Addressing Fake News in Germany

By Áine Kerr, Manager of Journalism Partnerships

Last month we announced some tests to address the issue of fake news on Facebook. In the next few weeks we’ll be starting to roll out these updates in Germany. We’ll learn from these tests in this region, and iterate and extend them over time.

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Making a 360 Video: The Associated Press Covers the Chelsea Bombing in New York City

When a bomb went off in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, The Associated Press had a journalist in the middle of the scene within an hour filming a 360 video. That video was shot, edited and uploaded to Facebook within five hours. Made up of four different shots, the video gave users a unique perspective of the chaotic scene when little information was being reported.

We chatted with Nathan Griffiths, the AP’s interactive editor, about how he captured this video in Chelsea, what techniques he used and some best practices that others can take from this experience.

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Introducing: The Facebook Journalism Project

By Fidji Simo, Director of Product

Facebook is a new kind of platform and we want to do our part to enable people to have meaningful conversations, to be informed and to be connected to each other. We know that our community values sharing and discussing ideas and news, and as a part of our service, we care a great deal about making sure that a healthy news ecosystem and journalism can thrive.

That’s why today we’re announcing a new program to establish stronger ties between Facebook and the news industry. We will be collaborating with news organizations to develop products, learning from journalists about ways we can be a better partner, and working with publishers and educators on how we can equip people with the knowledge they need to be informed readers in the digital age.

The Facebook Journalism Project will work in three ways:

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Exploring How to Share Multiple Instant Articles in One Post

By Josh Roberts, Product Manager

More than a year after launching Instant Articles, we continue to explore new features that improve the experience for people and publishers alike. Publishers have told us they’d like to experiment with presenting packages of stories to their most engaged readers on Facebook. Starting January 12th, we will begin to test a way for publishers to combine multiple Instant Articles into one post.

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Live Updates for Publishers

All kinds of publishers have embraced Facebook Live to create authentic experiences for their audiences, bringing them behind the scenes in new, unprecedented ways.

We’re listening to broadcasters’ feedback to improve the live video experience on Facebook, and today, we’re excited to share a number of new tools and improvements that will give publishers more control, customization, and flexibility over their broadcasts.

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The Live Blog: January 10, 2017

Since rolling out Facebook Live, we’ve seen people and publishers around the world seize the opportunity to share their experiences as they happen, especially during key cultural moments. We’ve been inspired by the creativity we’ve seen, and with this weekly series, we’ll highlight some interesting Facebook Lives from the past week.

Here are 10 standout live videos:

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How The Associated Press Trains its Journalists To Shoot in 360 Degrees

The Associated Press has built an agile 360 video operation that’s able to respond thoughtfully and at a moment’s notice to breaking news. Its digital team achieved this by dismissing the notion that creating high-quality 360 videos requires any special technical expertise.

“We think of 360 video as a toolkit that all journalists should have,” says Paul Cheung, director of interactive and digital news production at the AP. “It’s not just a luxury accessory to storytelling. We are creating a lot of enthusiasm by showing that anyone can do it as part of their regular assignment.”

The organization has around two dozen kits spread around the world that consist of an easy-to-use point and shoot $500 Nikon Keymission 360 camera, lavalier microphones for recording interviews and a Pelican case. Dozens of AP journalists who don’t necessarily have significant video experience — just enthusiasm, a good eye and one day of training — form the many one-person 360 teams across the globe that can quickly turn around high-quality videos.

We chatted with some AP journalists and AP’s digital team about their advice for shooting 360 videos.

 

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The Live Blog: January 4, 2017

Since rolling out Facebook Live, we’ve seen people and publishers around the world seize the opportunity to share their experiences as they happen, especially during key cultural moments. Facebook Live has created new opportunities for instantaneous engagement that culminated in peak broadcasts this past week.

On New Year’s Eve, millions of people around the world used Facebook Live to broadcast their celebrations. As clocks struck midnight in each time zone, Facebook Live broke records that made this the biggest night since launch. Here are the peaks we saw from countries around the world.

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