YouTube Funds Global News Groups

YouTube and the Google News Initiative announced funding for 87 news organizations in 23 countries to assist newsrooms and publishers with strengthening online video capabilities and experimenting with new formats for video journalism. Since July, hundreds of organizations submitted proposals through an open application process. The global mix includes broadcasters, traditional and digital publishers, local media, agencies and creators. Projects will focus on issues such as expansion of newsroom video operations and new ways of reporting news through video; reaching younger audiences online and exploring live and fact-checking formats; sustainability of news organizations, including work on new business models and programs to support a healthy news ecosystem.

Source: YouTube

Posted on: December 19, 2018

New Search Feature Makes it Easier to Discover Data

The Google News Initiative is to working on making data easier to discover with a new search feature. Based on feedback from 30 of the world’s top data journalists, Google has identified an opportunity to improve how tabular data appears in Google Search. It works like this: news organizations that publish data in the form of tables can add additional structured data to make the dataset parts of the page easier to identify for use in relevant Search features. News organizations add the structured data to their existing html of a page, which means they still control how their tables are presented to readers. ProPublica has been testing the structured data on its interactive databases on its Non-profits Explorer.

Source: Google News Initiative

Posted on: August 1, 2018

Google and CIJ Launch Access to Tools

The Google News Initiative is working with the Centre for Investigative Journalism to provide a new program called Access to Tools. Over the coming months, a team of expert trainers will provide up to 20 free workshops across the UK, each designed to help newsroom and freelance journalists sharpen their digital news gathering and research skills. The practical workshops will feature technology from a range of providers and include real-life examples, including how individual journalists have traced original sources.

Source: Google News Initiative

Posted on: June 20, 2018

Google Vows $300m to Bolster News Media

Google today announced major new efforts to support the news media, pledging to invest $300 million over the next three years to combat fake news, bolster sustainability, and foster new tools. The programs are group under the Google News Initiative and are intended as a global expansion of the Digital News Initiative that has granted tens of millions of dollars to European media in recent years. The GNI initiative cites three specific goals: to highlight accurate journalism while fighting misinformation; help news sites become more sustainable; and create new media tools to assist journalists in their jobs.

Source: Google, The Verge

Posted on: March 20, 2018