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Apply Now: $150,000 Google News Innovation Funding for African Journalists

By Wayan Vota on March 22, 2021

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The challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic paired with misinformation has created a turbulent period for the news ecosystem. Misinformation can divide society, incite violence, and undermine democracy. he news ecosystem needs the tools to understand, expose, and counter these threats. Also, new opportunities for news providers who play an important role in tackling disinformation and building trust with readers.

$150,000 Google News Innovation Funding

The Middle East, Turkey and Africa GNI Innovation Challenge focuses on creative projects that demonstrate opportunities to increase reader engagement and support the development of new business models. Google will fund selected projects up to USD $150,000 and will finance up to 70% of the total project cost.

Sign Up Now for More Innovation Funding

The Middle East, Turkey & Africa GNI Innovation Challenge is open to organizations of every size, including freelancers and sole traders, that aim to produce innovative, original journalism and to enlighten citizens with trustworthy journalistic content, whose projects focus on encouraging a more sustainable news ecosystem, that meet five main criteria:

  • Impact: Potential for significant positive impact on the creation of new revenue streams and/or change the way people consume digital news.
  • Innovation: Innovative use of technology, business model, new reader engagement approaches that are transformative for the applicant and for users.
  • Feasibility: Clear indicators and metrics, or even a business plan when relevant, and set out key risks and mitigation steps.
  • Inspiration: Willingness to share knowledge, open source code or/and to contribute to the improvement of the ecosystem overall.
  • Diversity: Demonstrate commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion whether that is within their audience, organisation or content.

Apply Now! Deadline is April 12, 2021

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the digital lead on the Deloitte for Development team. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of Deloitte, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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3 Comments to “Apply Now: $150,000 Google News Innovation Funding for African Journalists”

  1. Hello. My name is Abdel Hafiz Diab Mansour from Libya from the city of Sirte. Thank you very much for your support to the youth in the field of media, whether in Africa or in Libya. I am one of the young media men in the eastern city of Libya. The work is a broadcaster in the Libya Al-Ghad channel and the local Sirte radio broadcaster has many ideas. I hope to implement it, and he does not have the support of the public such as these actions, including the political, economic and entertainment positions, especially the entertainment programs that shorten the families of children, and as you know that the city of Sirte has been subjected to many rights, including 2011, including the 2015/2016 ISIS war, including the Bunyan Al-Marsous war and many wars

  2. Moussa Issoufi Diallo says:

    Bonjour, je suis un jeune journaliste indépendant au mali dans l’une des régions la plus touchée par le COVID-19
    Aujourd’hui je sert de relais d’information pour les zones non couverte par les radios de proximité.
    Mon travail consiste à produire des messages de sensibilisation pour les personnes desservie.
    Je suis entièrement disponible pour des aides à fin de poursuivre ma mission qui est de freiner la propagation du virus.

  3. Opeyemi Tajudeen Yusuf says:

    It’s good for me to My best for making me applying grant and thanks