Andy Mitchell Facebook’s Director of Global Media Partnership announced that Facebook has introduced a new tool for journalists, called “Signal”, that helps in monitoring and gathering information easier.
The service called Signal, which is accessible for both Facebook and the Facebook-owned Instagram platform, is designed for journalists who are using social media.
“We’ve heard from journalists that they want an easy way to make Facebook a more vital part of their news gathering with the ability to surface relevant trends, photos, videos, and posts on Facebook and Instagram for use in their storytelling and reporting.”
Director of Global Media Partnerships Andy Mitchell wrote in a blog post.
He also said:
“Today we’re excited to introduce Signal, for Facebook and Instagram, a free discovery and curation tool for journalists who want to source, gather, and embed newsworthy content from Facebook and Instagram, across news, culture, entertainment, sports, and more all in one place.”
Facebook Introduces a New Tool “Signal” for Journalists
With Signal, journalists will be able to monitor which topics are in trend and then quickly display related material that has been shared with the public. Journalists can also get lists of public figures ranking, which is being mentioned the most on Facebook involving politicians, authors, actors, musicians, athletes and others. According to Mitchell the tool Signal can also be used on Instagram for visual material.
“Every Facebook post, every Instagram image or video, and every metric found in Signal can be easily saved into custom collections for later use.”
This is the first step which will help journalists use Facebook and Instagram in an effective manner, gather feedback and make Signal as useful as possible for industry professionals.