Facebook today announced the launch of FB Newswire, with the aim of making it easier for journalists to “find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce.”
Storyful, a product used by newsrooms to discover verified social content, will power the service. Storyful was acquired by Newscorp in December 2013. FB Newswire – both at Facebook.com/FBNewswire and on Twitter at @FBNewswire - will aggregate stories shared publicly on Facebook by individuals, brands, and publishers, and will be made available to journalists to use in their reporting.
With recent rollouts like Trending Topics and Facebook Paper, its standalone content-themed app, Facebook is trying to make its mark in the social news space. In February, we gave three predictions for how Paper would impact social TV, and while FB Newswire may not focus on TV-related stories per se, it should have an effect on how quickly (and accurately) journalists writing about TV can report on a story.