Google revealed the recipients of innovation funding from its Google News Initiative, saying that the money will go to 87 news projects from 23 countries.
Google News Initiative announced the availability of innovation funding in July, and YouTube director of news partnerships Timothy Katz said in a blog post Monday that 312 organizations globally submitted proposals via an open application process.
The funding is aimed at helping those news organizations strengthen their online video capabilities and experiment with new formats for video journalism.
The entire list of recipients is available in the infographic below.
Katz wrote, “Many of these projects are focused on expanding newsroom video operations and trying out new ways of reporting news through video—from reaching younger audiences online to exploring live and fact-checking formats. Other projects look at the sustainability of news organizations, including work on new business models and programs to support a healthy news ecosystem.”
He also highlighted some of the projects that were funded:
- U.S. publisher Advance Local is building out a new format for local news storytelling, starting in Michigan, where MLive Media Group will seek to connect more directly with its viewers and provide avenues for action on topics of local interest.
- The Economist in the U.K. will strengthen its video production facilities and expertise with the aim of debuting a weekly video format exploring the true story behind trending news topics, using livestreaming and audience engagement tools to enable viewers to interact.
- French news creator HugoDécrypte will use the funds to staff and train a production team, which will create a studio-based live news show. The show will also function as an on-screen meeting place for its YouTube community.
- Argentinian newspaper La Nación will use the money to grow its video team, improve digital video skills and boost output, including behind-the-scenes looks at its investigative journalism and video digests of news of the day.
- Narasi TV from Indonesia plans to mobilize its community across the country’s 34 provinces, hosting workshops to train people on visual storytelling, news video production and media literacy, with the hopes of encouraging more Indonesians to become credible content creators, as well as critical consumers of media. It also plans to boost staff on its video team in order to produce more in-depth reports.
- Thairath, one of Thailand’s oldest news publishers, will create a rights-management platform for the country’s freelance journalists.