Google News has recently announced an innovative challenge in Asia Pacific region for quality journalism. This will help publishers and scribes to generate quality journalism in the digital world.
The Asia-Pacific Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge is likely to invest in selected ventures, with around US$300,000 and approx. 70% finance of overall price of the project, which is expected to bring in innovative ideas in the market.
In a statement given by Google News, it states that proposals are invited with the aim to increase revenue from readers that includes membership programmes, subscriptions, contributions and new digital services, and products.
The application for the innovation challenge will start from 28 November and the last date of submission is 9 January. In Asia Pacific region, publishers and journalists are facing question so how to generate quality journalism that can thrive in this digital age, said Google News. They also added by saying they are experimenting with new and fresh approach across various regions with which they can report and new business models.
Moreover, the funding will be reviewed while keeping various criteria in mind such as sharing component. For instance, by holding a seminar or publishing any findings, so that various others in the industry can have knowledge about the grantees.
As per the media reports, there are chances that Google may close its Google News services in the European Union in case if a proposed “link tax” comes into force in member countries for using new stories. As per the new copyright directive that is adopted by European Parliament in this September, stating that tech giants are liable to pay journalist and artist’s work which they use.