Google puts US$170 million toward digital news innovation

by IJNet
Oct 30, 2018 in Digital Journalism

How Google is investing in digital media, lessons learned from the London Hacks/Hackers event and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.

With 120+ news publishers signed on, Google opens applications for US$170M DNI Innovation Fund

Search giant Google today is taking the next step in its bid to rehabilitate its relationship with the news and publishing industry.

In Europe today, the company is opening up applications for startups and others who are interested in receiving grants from Google’s Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund: Google has put aside €150 million (US$170 million) for startups and others building new services, products and technologies for the news industry, and it will give out in grants twice a year, typically ranging from €50,000 to €1 million, but occasionally higher, with no strings attached, Google said today. (Ingrid Lunden, TechCrunch, 10/22)

Creation and curation: Building newsroom tools at Dow Jones

Erin Sparling, head of newsroom development at Dow Jones, discussed his team's recent experiences with building tools for the "creation, curation and syndication" of stories on mobile devices, speaking at yesterday's Hacks/Hackers event in London.

He explained how the editorial and design workflows influence the tools they have built for different outlets, including The Wall Street Journal. (Caroline Scott,, 10/28)

Innovate and investigate: How OCCRP gets the story

Attending the recent Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Lillehammer – GIJC15 -- demonstrated the incredible growth of cross-border reporting. Present were not only journalists from 121 countries, but also reporters from the largest newspapers like The New York Times to the smallest outlets like the four-person KRIK nonprofit in Belgrade. All were there talking about their stories and teaching the skills they’ve gained. (Drew Sullivan, Global Investigative Journalism Network, 10/28)

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