YouTube has announced a $25 million commitment in support of efforts to promote "authoritative" news on the online video platform.
Part of the $300 million Google News Initiative announced in March, the commitment is aimed at supporting trusted journalism organizations with technological innovation and funding and promoting "authoritative" news publishers. To that end, the funding will support a group of news organizations and experts tasked with helping the platform develop new product features, improve users' news consumption experiences, expand the YouTube team focused on supporting news publishers, and tackle emerging challenges. Funds also will be provided to news organizations in twenty global markets in support of their efforts to build sustainable video operations.
With the goal of making authoritative sources readily accessible, the platform also will provide more sources and context for breaking news — for example, by providing previews of and links to news articles in YouTube search results along with a reminder that developing news can change rapidly; launch its Top News and Breaking News features in seventeen countries and double that number over the coming months; and showcase more local news.
In addition, the funding will support efforts to provide information from third-party sources such as Wikipedia and Encyclopædia Britannica on topical searches and videos. And in an effort to invest in digital literacy education, YouTube will partner with the Google News Initiative and Google.org, the Poynter Institute, the Local Media Association, the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) in support of MediaWise, an effort to equip a million teens with digital literacy skills.
"We remain committed to working with the journalism community to build a more sustainable video ecosystem for news organizations," YouTube's chief product officer Neal Mohan and chief business officer Robert Kyncl wrote in a blog post. "We know there is a lot of work to do, but we're eager to provide a better experience to users who come to YouTube every day to learn more about what is happening in the world from a diversity of sources."