Local news outlets like NEXTpittsburgh were glad to hear Facebook’s latest announcement: To offer more accurate and valuable information, they’re going to prioritize local news.

And users can take an easy step to make sure they see that local news.

Just visit us here and go to the “Follow” button. Follow us if you don’t already, then open the Follow button’s drop-down menu (see photo above). In that menu, choose “see first,” so that our updates on what’s happening in Pittsburgh will reach your feed.

We want to keep you fully informed about this amazing and evolving city. When you see a story that catches your eye, we’d be glad if you share it. That helps make sure you continue seeing more local news. Your shares and your comments on our posts also help us know what you’re curious about and what interests you, so we can serve you better.

“People consistently tell us they want to see more local news on Facebook,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on Monday. “Local news helps us understand the issues that matter in our communities and affect our lives. Research suggests that reading local news is directly correlated with civic engagement. People who know what’s happening around them are more likely to get involved and help make a difference.”

“Local news helps build community,” he said, “both on and offline.” We couldn’t agree more, and we hope you’ll continue to join us here and on Facebook as we chronicle the growth and evolution of Pittsburgh.

Melissa Rayworth

Kidsburgh Editor Melissa Rayworth specializes in stories about culture, gender, design and parenting. She has written for a variety of outlets in the U.S. and Asia, and is a frequent contributor to The...