Google donation to fund digital journalism innovation

October 26, 2010
Google, which has had strained relations with some US newspaper publishers, announced on Tuesday it was donating five million dollars to encourage innovation in digital journalism. "Journalism is fundamental to a functioning democracy," said Nikesh Arora, president of Google's global sales operations and business development.

Google, which has had strained relations with some US newspaper publishers, announced on Tuesday it was donating five million dollars to encourage innovation in digital journalism.

"Journalism is fundamental to a functioning democracy," said Nikesh Arora, president of Google's global sales operations and business development.

"So as media organizations globally continue to broaden their presence online, we're eager to play our part on the technology side," Arora said.

"But while we're mostly focused on working with news organizations to develop better products for users, we also believe it's crucial to encourage innovation at the grassroots level," he said.

"That's why we're giving five million dollars in grants to non-profit organizations that are working to develop new approaches to journalism in the digital age," Arora said.

He said two million dollars would go to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which runs a number of programs promoting journalism, innovation and training.

"We're eager to do even more internationally, so we will be investing the remaining three million dollars in journalism projects in other countries through a similar partnership," Arora said.

"We look forward to working with the journalism community to help move forward," he said.

The Mountain View, California-based Google and its website have drawn fire from some US newspaper owners for linking to their articles without sharing .

argues that it drives traffic to newspaper websites and newspapers can easily prevent the Web search engine from accessing their content if they choose to do so.

Explore further: AP 'news registry' to track online use

Related Stories

AP 'news registry' to track online use

July 23, 2009

The US news agency the Associated Press, in a move aimed at protecting its content online, announced on Thursday it was building a "news registry" that would track the use of its stories on the Web.

Recommended for you

Inferring urban travel patterns from cellphone data

August 29, 2016

In making decisions about infrastructure development and resource allocation, city planners rely on models of how people move through their cities, on foot, in cars, and on public transportation. Those models are largely ...

How machine learning can help with voice disorders

August 29, 2016

There's no human instinct more basic than speech, and yet, for many people, talking can be taxing. 1 in 14 working-age Americans suffer from voice disorders that are often associated with abnormal vocal behaviors - some of ...

Auto, aerospace industries warm to 3D printing

August 25, 2016

New 3D printing technology unveiled this week sharply increases the size of objects that can be produced, offering new possibilities to remake manufacturing in the auto, aerospace and other major industries.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.