Okayplayer's Collaborative New Platform Aims to Fix Journalism’s Diversity Crisis

With funding from Google, the Byline Project hopes to eliminate the pipeline problem


Okayplayer, which bills itself as the artistic and progressive voice of Black culture for its parent company OkayMedia, announced today it has teamed up with the Google News Initiative to build an open-source software platform called the Byline Project

The collaboration aims to increase access to freelance work for historically underrepresented voices and reporters covering news in the 1,300 local news deserts across the U.S. The publisher built the software in-house using funding from a Google grant, though it declined to name the size of the award.

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