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Apply: Google News Initiative (GNI) YouTube Innovation Funding 2018 for News Organizations (Up to $250,000)


Apply: Google News Initiative (GNI) YouTube Innovation Funding 2018 for News Organizations (Up to $250,000)

Application is ongoing for the Google News Initiative (GNI) YouTube Innovation Funding with the aim to activate innovation and development in video journalism. The program will give all organization selected throughout the globe access to grants in other to create strong video capability and build new innovations on video formats.
The Google News Initiative (GNI) YouTube Innovation program is a platform for all newsrooms to learn, collaborate and work together to support the development of long lasting sustainable video businesses. And also improve best practices gained from this program will be shared publicly.
The Google News Initiative YouTube Innovation Grant value up to $250,000USD but based on each organization application details.
For your project to be eligible for the Google News Initiative (GNI) YouTube Innovation program, it must:
  • Come from publishers, broadcasters, video creators, agencies and production companies that produce news content that is factual, trustworthy and informative. Collaborations amongst applicants are welcome.
  • Projects must show a scrupulous approach to journalism practices which includes news-gathering, objectivity, fact checking, balance and ethics.
  • Projects must focus on building capabilities to create video programming base on topical news, current affairs and politics in formats that follow YouTube best practices and strategy to develop new formats to grow an engaged audience.
  • Eligible applicants must demonstrate at least a basic level of video production and operations expertise and manage at least one YouTube channel with a minimum of 50,000 subscribers.
Eligible Countries:
Organizations must come from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greater China, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Poland, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Capability building: Grants should be used to build more sustainable video operations rather than a specific piece or pieces of content. For example, the grant might be used to enhance production facilities, train staff on video best practices or grow teams that will enable your organization to develop that great news format optimized for online video.
  • Funding should not be used for outsourcing production or licensing content wholesale from third-parties.
  • Content category: Grants should be used to facilitate the creation of news video, topical news, current affairs and politics. They are not looking for proposals geared to facilitate the creation of non-video, non-news or verticalized news content e.g. celebrity, sports, technology news. Where rights permit, the video output should be made available globally.
  • Funding model: Grant size will vary based on the application details and may be valued up to approximately $250,000 USD. As the application process moves forward, they will work with you to determine the appropriate grant size based on the proposal.
  • They are looking for proposals where the news organization is equally invested in the success of the project, demonstrating a commitment to building out capabilities. As such, successful applications will include co-resource investment, which may include staffing or production resources.
  • Ecosystem sharing: Successful applicants should be willing to showcase the projects and learnings that result from innovation funding, including the publishing of public case studies to be shared with news organizations around the world.
Selection Criteria
Eligible projects will be assess primarily base on the following criteria:
  • Innovation: Preferred projects will shows an innovative component and promote the production of original journalism.
  • Sustainability: Preferred projects will demonstrate a plan for long term sustainability.
In order to assess applications they will need information such as:
  • Company information including headquarters location, URL, number of employees, number of journalists employed
  • Project description
  • Project budget and amount of funding requested for all costs associated with the project including where relevant, but not limited to, production team, on-screen contributors and talent, equipment, post production, graphics, music and music licensing, news footage/archive sourcing and clearance, fact checking, direct production travel, location/studio, insurance, health and safety and legal costs.
Deadline Date: October 12, 2018
For details information, visit Google News Iniatives (GNI) Innovation Funding.
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