Hacker News article A new initiative by Facebook is designed to increase the diversity of its media coverage by encouraging “creative journalism.”
According to a Facebook blog post, the initiative is designed “to encourage creative journalism that helps people find and share stories they’re passionate about.”
In order to do this, the company will offer prizes for “stories that inspire, inform and entertain.”
The prize is a $500 cash prize, with the winner getting $500,000, and the runner-up getting $250,000.
The initiative is part of a larger push to promote diversity in the media, with Facebook recently announcing it is “open sourcing” its algorithms to help more diverse people get access to the content they need.
The company is currently working with the nonprofit The Media Fund to promote more diverse programming on the site, which currently shows a white male perspective on stories and events.
The program aims to “create a more diverse environment” for media coverage, and aims to increase diversity across a broad range of demographics, including ethnic and racial diversity.
Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg previously said the goal is to reach “everybody,” with the goal being to create a “creatively engaged audience.”
The new program aims “to be more inclusive in its content,” according to a company blog post.
“We’re going to give you a chance to get involved, and we’re going for it.”