Silicon Valley News

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Google gives $5 million to spur digital news innovation

Google has given $5 million to non-profit news organizations to fund innovation in digital journalism.

The focus of the grant money is to assist grassroots digital journalism. The Knight Foundation was the recipient of a $2 million award. The other $3 million will be given to non-profit groups outside the U.S.

The Knight News Challenge will use $1 million of the donation. The News Challenge has spawned journalism projects such as EveryBlock, which was later bought by MSNBC, and Spot.us.

Below is a video clip from last year's News Challenge winner:



Print journalism has suffered from the growing popularity of online news, a paradigm shift spurred by Google. Efforts by Google to smooth the transition were highlighted in a lengthy feature in the Atlantic.