Local news helps Americans stay safe, informed, and connected. That’s why we work with news organizations across the U.S., helping ensure that journalism continues to play an important role in every community, no matter the size. Explore some of the ways we support our partners.
Building a stronger future for local news
How we’re supporting publishers
The business behind local news is changing rapidly. As new approaches emerge, publishers face steeper and more complex challenges to achieving financial sustainability. That’s why we support local news organizations nationwide with funding and resources that promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and digital transformation.
Our startups programs are helping set more than 100 news startups on a path to sustainability with a focus on local, hyperlocal, and underrepresented audiences. And more than 500 aspiring founders have attended our Startups Workshops.
To spur progress across the industry, we've funded dozens of projects that help local outlets pioneer new thinking in online journalism, develop new paths to sustainability, and better understand their communities.
We’ve supported hundreds of local publishers through programs designed to accelerate digital growth. Our resources meet local outlets at every stage of digital transformation, covering critical topics like data, revenue, and audience development.
How we’re supporting journalists
Journalists everywhere, especially at the local level, face increasing challenges to produce the reporting their communities need to stay informed. That’s why we created free products, like Pinpoint, that help journalists work more creatively, efficiently, and securely and why we provide digital skills and resource training.
Pinpoint uses Google’s best search, artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to quickly search and analyze thousands of documents, including text, images, audio, and even handwritten notes.
Our Journalist Studio suite brings together industry expertise and Google tech to help reporters deliver impactful work more efficiently, with powerful research, verification, and data visualization tools.
Since 2018, we’ve trained more than 60,000 journalists nationwide on digital skills and resources to help them find, verify, and tell the stories that matter most to their communities.
How we’re continuing to help
Through our work with local publishers and journalists, we have learned — and continue to learn — about the particular challenges their news outlets face every day. As we progress in our partnership with the industry, we’re excited to build on these insights, to improve our offerings and to explore new approaches that move the industry forward.
At Google, we’re committed to ensuring every community has access to the quality information it needs. That’s why we’re committed to a sustainable future for local news.