Google has announced grants totaling $24 million in support of innovative journalism projects in Europe.
Launched by Google in 2015 as part of its Digital News Initiative — a partnership between Google and European news publishers to support high-quality journalism in the digital age — the DNI Innovation Fund announced grants totaling $176 million to a hundred and two projects in twenty-six countries. Selected from nearly seven hundred submissions, the projects include forty-seven prototypes (up to $58,745), thirty-three midsize projects (up to $352,467), and twenty-two large projects (up to $1.17 million). Overall, 21 percent of the projects are focused on new business models and 13 percent on using personalization at scale to improve content discovery, while 37 percent are collaborations involving multiple organizations.
Grant recipients include Stop Propaghate (Portugal), a project of the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science at the University of Porto, which was awarded $58,539 to develop an API supported by machine-learning techniques that could help news media organizations automatically identify whether a news report contains hate speech and predict the likelihood of a news piece to generate comments containing hate speech; VoxEurop, which was awarded $330,770 to develop Spot (France), an AI-powered marketplace for curating, translating, and syndicating valuable articles among independent media organizations; and Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), which will receive $576,202 to create a content recommendation system that uses machine-learning technologies to adapt to individual user behavior while taking into account editorial directives.