Digital News Innovation Fund Awards $24.5 Million in Grants

Digital News Innovation Fund Awards $24.5 Million in Grants

The Digital News Innovation Fund, a program of the Google News Initiative, has announced grants totaling €21.2 million ($24.5 million) in support of ninety-eight projects in twenty-eight European countries.

Recipients include Lapresse.be in Belgium, which was awarded €400,000 ($467,000) to collaborate with IPM SA and Rossel SA on new delivery mechanisms that enable readers to vocally request their newspaper content; Royalty in Italy, which will receive €739,000 ($863,500) to create a new kind of digital newspaper using machine learning to deploy an AI-first approach to personalization; the PinkNews Advocacy Platform, which will receive nearly €300,000 ($350,000) in support of its efforts to help niche publishers establish new revenue streams and help charities and activists raise money and build public support for their cause; and Virtual Newsroom in France, which was awarded €49,332 ($57,500).

With this round of grants, the fifth since the fund was established, DNI has awarded €115.2 million ($134.5 million) in support of innovation in news since 2015. The latest funding round includes €13.7 million ($16 million) for thirty large projects, nearly €5.5 million ($6.4 million) for thirty medium-size projects, and €1.88 million ($2.2 million) for prototype projects.

For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Digital News Innovation Fund website.

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"Round 5 Successful Recipients Announced." Digital News Innovation Fund Press Release 07/24/2018.