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GNI Innovation Challenges

The Google News Initiative (GNI) is our global effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age. Through rounds of regional funding, the GNI Innovation Challenges will empower news innovators from around the world to demonstrate new thinking in online journalism and the development of new publishing business models. In turn, we hope to share knowledge generated from the projects with the wider industry.

New regions open for applications

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Asia-Pacific Applications
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Middle East, Turkey & Africa Applications
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North America Applications
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Latin America Applications
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North America Innovation Challenge Round 2

The second North America GNI Innovation Challenge focused on stimulating ‘Sustainability through Diversity’. We focused on funding projects that have a clear focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in journalism; promote the creation of sustainable models for local media that address diverse audiences and recognize that as an opportunity for driving engagement and revenue.

Applications Closed

Selected Projects

Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, Turkey & Africa and North America
The first GNI Innovation Challenges in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, Turkey & Africa and North America focused on projects that generate revenue and/or increase audience engagement for local news, start ups, online only publishers and national news publishers. We looked for ideas that tackle the challenge of creating new forms of revenue and audience for the news ecosystem.

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