Global search giant Google has selected 10 Indian media companies for funding under its Google News Initiative, as part of its YouTube-specific funding to support media companies.
Launched in March this year, Google News Initiative will build efforts and deepen Google’s commitment to a news industry facing dramatic shifts in how journalism is created, consumed, and paid for. It’s focused on three objectives: elevate and strengthen quality journalism, evolve business models to drive sustainable growth; and empower news organisations through technological innovation.
In June, the initiative was brought to India as Google News Initiative Training Network to support journalists from across the country in their fight against misinformation by providing them with in-depth and hands-on verification training. The training was to be imparted to 8,000 journalists across English and six other Indian languages over the coming year.
Later, the company introduced another level of support when it committed $25 million (INR 175.29 Cr) for YouTube-specific news to help newsrooms and publishers strengthen their online video capabilities and experiment with new formats for video journalism.
The company has now selected 87 organisation from 23 countries, out of which 10 are from India.
This includes Asianet News Media, Bharatiya digital party (BhaDiPa), FACTLY, Gaon Connection, India Today Group, Live Data Visualisation Pvt Ltd, NDTV, NYOOOZ, ShepHertz, and Video Volunteers.