The Facebook Journalism Project’s Local News Accelerator is a three-month program aimed at addressing specific business challenges facing the news industry. Accelerator programs bring news organisations together to innovate, learn from one another and collaboratively develop strategies to improve their business on and off Facebook.
In late 2019, the Facebook Journalism Project commissioned Editor Group to attend and recap the recent Australia and New Zealand Accelerator, which focused on strategies news organisations could use to drive reader revenue.
We attended the Accelerator at Facebook’s Sydney headquarters and worked with a videographer to interview six participating publishers. We took the key lessons they had learned from the program, as well as some of their biggest wins, and wove these stories into an engaging, data-packed event recap for the Facebook Journalism Project’s media room.