Google News Initiative releases first impact report

The Google News Initiative has released its first report to provide transparency into how Google’s investment has helped to support the news industry, and lessons from the publishers they’ve worked with along the way.

Building on nearly two decades of work and partnering with the news industry, in 2018 the Google News Initiative was launched to help centralize and scale their efforts across the company to help build a stronger future for news.

Since the launch of the Google News Initiative in 2018, they have supported 6,250+ organizations in 118 countries through $189M in global funding.

Additionally, they spent $11 million on global initiatives, including programs and partnerships spanning multiple regions, product innovations, research and GNI global events.

Enabling diverse sources of impactful journalism is critical for our societies and core to Google’s mission. To this end, they’ve delivered global training programs focused on digital skills for journalists, partnered with industry organizations to combat misinformation, contributed to global media literacy programs, and implemented programs to support a more diverse and inclusive news ecosystem.

Through both in-person sessions and an online Training Center, GNI helps journalists develop knowledge and skills in digital journalism across a range of topics—from harnessing large datasets to enhance storytelling, to verification of videos and images, to an introduction to machine learning.

View the full report here.