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Facebook Live

in the News

Facebook Live has influenced news or-

ganizations on two levels. First, they’re

using it as part of their regular news

distribution. Benefits include limited

equipment needs, reduced production

time, and the power of live video

to attract viewers. According to The

Poynter Institute, news outlets NPR,

The Verge, and BuzzFeed have used

this delivery method successfully

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On another level, Facebook Live is

also very easy for regular citizens to

use to post their own news. Ordinary

Facebook users don’t have a respon-

sibility to adhere to ethical reporting

standards, but Facebook Live streams

are contributing to professional

journalism in interesting ways. For

example, some Facebook Live videos

of breaking news events are serving as

a starting point for formal reporting.

According to The Conversation,

Facebook is responding to these

developments by hiring a former

journalist to lead its news partner-

ships team and developing The

Facebook Journalism Project

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Benjamin Mullen, Poynter, “How 4 news organi-

zations are using Facebook Live to reach broader

audiences,”

https://www.poynter.org/2016/how-

4-news-organizations-are-using-facebook-live-

to-reach-broader-audiences/404441/, accessed

July 24, 2017.

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Seth Lewis and Nicole Smith Dahmen, The

Conversation, “What Facebook Live means for

journalism,”

http://theconversation.com/what-

facebook-live-means-for-journalism-72233,

accessed July 24, 2017.

Tutorial: How to Get Started

on Facebook Live

Mark Zuckerberg is a huge fan of live video, and Facebook’s version of it is called

Facebook Live. Use it to take your communication with your Facebook friends to the

next level. Here’s how it works:

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For best results, use Facebook Live when you have a strong connection. Wi-Fi works best.

2.

Start as you would for any other type of Facebook post—by tapping on

What’s on your

mind

or

Want to share an update

at the top of your News Feed.

3.

Select

Go Live

.

4.

You’ll be prompted to describe your video.

5.

When you’re ready, tap the

GO LIVE

button. There will be a three-second countdown and

then your video stream will start.

6.

Film yourself or your surroundings and watch for responses from followers. You can respond

via messaging or by speaking directly to them in your live stream.

7.

When you’re ready to end, tap

Finish

.

8.

You’ll see a message letting you know the broadcast is paused and asking if you really want

to finish or resume. Tap

Finish

.

9.

You’ll see a message letting you know the live stream is ending.

10.

You’ll see a message asking if you want to post or delete your video. Make your

selection and follow the instructions from there.

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