For the second year running, Google News is inviting MENA's media sector to innovate the craft and industry of journalism.
The Google News Initiative has been launched for the second year in a row in the Middle East and Africa, as it continues its goal of enabling regional news organisations to get their creative juices flowing and propel journalism with fresh ideas.
The idea is to create innovative concepts that increase reader interaction and implement new business models to build a strong future for journalism in the digital world. It’s like a pitch contest for the world of journalism. Last year, a UAE-based newspaper presented a project that converts written news into real-time audio in English and Arabic. In Lebanon, a media entity developed a loyalty membership that offers special benefits to subscribers. Meanwhile, Jordanian podcast platform, Sowt created a hosting platform for their Arabic news podcast.
The submitted projects will be evaluated based on their impact on the news environment, innovation, diversity, and feasibility. If selected, they’ll be able to get up to USD150,000 to fund their vision. The submission door is now open until April 12th. Any news platform is eligible to apply within the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.