As a global effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age, Google News Initiatives (GNI) has been offering regional fund  to empower news innovators to demonstrate new thinking in online journalism and the development of new publishing business models. The first Asia-Pacific GNI Innovation Challenge is part of the Google News Initiative (GNI), a program Google launched in March 2018 to support quality journalism around the world by both helping publishers source sustainable income streams and combatting the spread of ‘fake news’.

According to Google, they look forward to working with news organisations in 3 main ways:

1. Training journalists to use products like Google Trends and Fact Check;

2. Collaborating with media companies to solve business challenges (e.g. the GNI helped the South China Morning Post build a VR project telling the history of Hong Kong);

3. Allowing media outlets to apply for funding for innovative projects.

This newly launched scheme for Asia is welcoming regional publishers to submit proposals from Nov 28, 2018 to Jan 9, 2018 for any projects involving ideas that aim to increase revenue from readers e.g. subscriptions, membership programs, contributions and/or new digital products and services. Interested parties may join Asia-Pacific GNI Innovation Challenge Town Hall on  Dec 11, 3pm (HK/ SG time) for  questions and enquiries online.

Application: Click Here 

Application Period: Nov 28, 2018 – Jan 9, 2019 and close on January 9

Source of Information:

Campaign Asia 

Google Blog

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