Google has announced that it has opened applications for the Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge in Africa. Thus, Africans can also submit their applications for the Challenge. The New Initiative Innovation Challenge is taking applications from now up to Monday, September 2, 2019.
This Challenge is Google’s way of helping news publishers to move to the digital space and bring more innovations to the existing structure. Google is trying to achieve this by strengthening journalism and developing business models that push sustainable growth. The company assists news organisations through tech innovations.
Proposals for projects are being accepted by the Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge to solve the problem of increasing reader engagement. The project includes the exploration of new business models in the news world. These business models can in the form of membership, subscriptions, programmes, etc.
Kindly subscribe to our YouTube channel
Google is calling on traditional publishers, news startups and associations to apply. Submission will be evaluated and selected by a panel. Selected projects will be funded up to $150,000 and also be funded up to 70% of the total cost of the projects.
“Sharing Component” is one of the criteria the funding will be reviewed against. For instance, findings or public seminars, to encourage applicants to share their knowledge with others, can be included in a project proposal.
According to Google, it has trained more than 400 journalists in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa over the last two years.
If your news organisation is one that aims to build innovative digital media projects, you are free to join the Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge.
For interested organisations and individuals, the GNI project team will hold an online town hall session to provide info on the project. There will also be a questions and answers session as well. The town hall webinar session will happen on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 11 AM GMT.
Detailed info on the rules, eligibility, criteria, and funding will be published on the Google News Initiative website. Applicants for the Challenge can contact the GNI Project team via firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on the Challenge.