The social media giant said it recognised the role it played in how people got their news and it wanted to do more to support local publishers.
Around 80 new trainee reporters funded by Facebook will be recruited by regional publishers Newsquest, JPIMedia, Reach, Archant and the Midland News Association, in a scheme overseen by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), Reuters quoted Facebook as saying.
Facebook said the two-year pilot - a global first for the platform - did not signal any move to start producing its own news content.
On Friday, UK newspaper group Johnston Press PLC (LON:JPR) – publisher of the ‘I’ national newspaper as well as The Scotsman and The Yorkshire Post - filed for administration and agreed to be bought by its bondholders after it concluded its equity had no value.
Newspaper groups have been struggling in the current environment in no little part due to news consumption switching online to Facebook.