Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge in the Middle East, Turkey & Africa Regions

Organisations and freelancers are invited to produce innovative original journalism covering business models, interface, workflow, and more. As part of this program, Google News Initiative will fund a set of projects from around the world with the intent of producing learning and thought leadership to share with the wider industry. The deadline is on Monday 12th April 2021.

The second Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge in the Middle East, Turkey & Africa region focuses on reader engagement and new business models in any form.

As before, Google will fund selected projects up to USD $150,000 and will finance up to 70% of the total project cost. 

Applicants are asked to provide descriptions, detailed project plans and budget information via the online application form.

All ideas are welcome but we require all projects to have clear indicators showing the impact of the project from a user perspective and/or from a business perspective (e.g. audience indicators and business plan when relevant).

Successful projects will also need to be delivered within one year.

The deadline is on Monday 12th April 2021.


Main Criteria

The challenge is open to organisations of every size, including freelancers and sole traders, that aim to produce innovative, original journalism and to enlighten citizens with trustworthy journalistic content, whose projects focus on encouraging a more sustainable news ecosystem.

Find out more about this opportunity now. 

Fancy another challenge? This time with the UN.

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