Google funds 128 news organisations in Europe


Google recently made a public announcement that it would provide 27 million euros ($29.7 million) to 128 news organisations in Europe as part of its “Digital News Initiative.” Agence France-Presse is one of the organisations selected, for its platform of interactive graphics developed for users of AFP web and mobile media formats around the world.

The latest funding has been announced in Paris by Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai. Google, which has been reorganised as a unit of the holding company Alphabet, had previously announced it was setting aside 150 million euros to help European news outfits in new projects that help them adapt to the digital landscape.

“We are committed to ongoing discussion between the tech and news sectors. To promote innovation in digital journalism. And play our part in building a more sustainable news ecosystem. The funds offered by Google aim to stimulate innovation in digital journalism and will be spread out over the coming three years.” Said Pichai in his remarks at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, known as Sciences Po.

“The aim is to spark new thinking, which could come from anywhere, to give news organisations of all sizes the space to try new things and get projects off the drawing board and into production,” Pichai Added

“But let me be clear: participating in the Digital News Initiative is not about buying into Google’s worldview. It is about discussion, debate, and getting things done together. It’s open to everyone involved in news in Europe.”

He further said that the funds would go to a range of organisations “from small startups to large, established news players” and include projects “ranging from automated content personalisation and robot journalism, to hoax busting apps and tools to verify social media in real-time reporting.”

According to AFP, the AFP project includes “high-quality, news-orientated graphics (which) deal with all the latest current events, economic issues, politics and sport,” The project involves creating interactive graphic units, establishing an infrastructure for production and translation, and a beta platform to demonstrate and deliver the product to clients.


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