Google’s director of news Chinnappa laid off

Madhav Chinnappa, director of news ecosystem development at Google has been laid off. He wrote on LinkedIn: “I am leaving Google as part of the #googlelayoffs I am on gardening leave at the moment which allows too much time to contemplate work, career, life etc. In the end, I am proud of what I have […]

Scripps, Google partner on multi-year initiative

The E.W. Scripps Company and Google are collaborating on a multi-year deal to prepare experienced journalists with print news backgrounds for broadcast news careers. Under the agreement, Google has committed to underwrite the newly created Scripps Journalism Journey Initiative. Selected journalists will be hired full-time, holding positions in Scripps local and national media newsrooms. Journalists […]

Kylstra to join Google as head of special projects and digital platforms

Carolyn Kylstra, editor-in-chief of Condé Nast’s health and fitness title Self, is stepping down and will be joining Google as head of special projects and digital platforms on the central editorial team within global communications and public affairs. She joined Self in 2015 as an executive digital director. Before that, she was a health editor […]

Google to pay publishers around $1 billion over the next three years

Google announced it will pay publishers around $1 billion for news over the next three years. The announcement was made by Google chief executive Sundar Pichai in a blog post on Thursday, reports CNBC. “I have always valued quality journalism and believed that a vibrant news industry is critical to a functioning democratic society,” Pichai […]

CNN hires Taylor as contributor

Miles Taylor has joined CNN as a contributor, reports Politico. Previously, he was at Google where he first held the post of head of national security policy engagement and was then U.S. lead for advanced technology and security strategy. He has also worked as a senior fellow at McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure […]

Google contributes millions to journalism amid pandemic

Google has poured more than $39.5 million into journalism since the pandemic began. The finances have been allocated across 5,600 in 115 countries as part of the Google News Initiative Journalism Emergency Relief Fund. “When COVID-19 was turning the world upside down, we didn’t know what to expect,” said Google News Initiative Innovation head Ludovic […]

Google to launch news service licensing “high-quality” journalism

Google has announced that it will be launching a rival news service to Apple News, reports Business Insider. The new news service, would allow Google to curate and license a number of articles from news partners and the company has already signed deals with a number of publishers in Germany, Brazil, and Australia. This will […]

Compass Experiment marks six-month anniversary of Mahoning Matters

The Vindicator ceasing operations last August marked the end of a 150-year old publication, leaving the city of Youngstown, Ohio without a daily newspaper. Then in October, Mahoning Matters was launched filling the gap left by the previous publication. The site is part of the Compass Experiment, an initiative co-founded by McClatchy and Google, to […]

Google to invest $15m in “Support Local News” campaign

“Support Local News,” an ad campaign supported by Google News Initiative, Local Media Consortium and Local Media Association will spend $15 million in ads in local newspapers, their sites, radio, TV and online-only newsrooms, reports Poynter. The campaign will run in North America for the next six weeks. “This is a significant moment for the […]

Google launches emergency relief fund to help small businesses battle COVID-19 effects

Due to steep declines in advertising revenues and businesses shutting down as a whole as a result of the worsening economic effects of the pandemic, Google has launched a ‘Journalism Emergency Relief Fund’ as part of its Google News Initiative. “The Fund’s aim is to support the production of original journalism for local communities in […]