Google grants $2.7 million to IPI to promote innovation in online journalism

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Search and online advertising juggernaut Google announced a couple of months ago that it would be providing some $5 million in grants to non-profit organizations devoted to innovating journalism.

Around 40% of the total fund was recently allocated to the Knight Foundation in the United States.

It appears more than 50% of the fund has just been awarded to the International Press Institute, based in Vienna, which will be used to sponsor the IPI News Innovation Contest.

According to a Google blog post on the matter, Google wants to be part of the contest, which seeks to “find and fund breakthrough ideas that will have a lasting impact on the future of digital news in communities across Europe, the Middle East and Africa”.

Grants will be awarded to both non-profit and for-profit organisations working on digital journalism initiatives, including open-source and mobile technology projects created by or for journalists and distributed in the public interest.

The International Press Institute is inviting proposals from around the EMEA region for projects devoted to online innovation in journalism, new economic models for news and training in digital reporting, from today until June 1st.

All projects should fit into three categories: News Platform, Sustainability and Training.

  • Anonymous

    Who needs innovation when you have the AOL way?

    • http://robinwauters.com Robin Wauters

      Touché :)

  • http://alltopstartups.com Thomas Oppong

    Of Course Google wants to be involved to “find and fund breakthrough ideas that will have a lasting impact on the future of digital news in communities across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The scout continues.

  • anonymous

    Why is the focus on Europe, the Middle East and Africa?
    We could use innovative journalism (and the money) here in the US.

    • http://robinwauters.com Robin Wauters

      Uhm, did you read the second para?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Boddie/503276923 Jennifer Boddie

        :( He/She’s still learning to read I guess…

    • http://robinwauters.com Robin Wauters

      Uhm, did you read the second para?

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  • http://twitter.com/upright Brent

    Google leadership must have looked at TechCrunch and figured out that online journalism is in serious need of a revamp.

    • http://robinwauters.com Robin Wauters

      Next up: finding better commenters :)

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  • Anonymous

    As long as the new innovating journalism projects are reporting the “real” news…then I will go along with these new projects. If not, then you will find them going no where. The public doesn’t want hype. They want the real news.

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  • Markwaterhouse

    http://www.blottr.com are making big strides in the UK user generated news space already.
    This project would be great for sites like this.

  • http://www.touchsmooth.com Webmaster

    Love blottr – this will be the future of news. News by everyday people as it happens

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  • http://twitter.com/jeffreymagner Jeffrey Magner

    In the past 24 hours I’ve read no fewer than 15 “online news articles” that were not spell-checked or even reviewed prior to posting. Perhaps some of the $2.7M could innovate spell-checking lessons for “journalists” ??? Just a thought. Come on people!

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