Digital News Innovation Fund: three years in, and 662 total projects supported

In 2015, Google launched the DNI Fund, an initiative open to publishers of all sizes in Europe that financially supports high-quality journalism through technology and innovation. After three years and six successful rounds of funding, we’re taking a look at the impact the Fund has had on the European news scene. Today, we’re announcing the results of the last round: 103 projects selected in 23 countries and more than 25 million Euros offered. This brings the total to 662 projects supported in more than 30 countries across six funding rounds.

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Honoring J.S. Bach with our first AI-powered Doodle

Ever wondered what Johann Sebastian Bach would sound like if he rocked out? You can find out by exploring today’s AI-powered Google Doodle, which honors Bach’s birthday and legacy as one of the greatest composers of all time. A musician and composer during the Baroque period of the 18th century, Bach produced hundreds of compositions including cantatas, concertos, suites and chorales. In today’s Doodle, you can create your own melody, and through the magic of machine learning, the Doodle will harmonize your melody in Bach’s style. You can also explore inside the Doodle to see how the model Bach-ifys familiar tunes, or how your new collaboration might sound in a more modern rock style.

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The Google News Initiative, one year in

In the first year of the Google News Initiative, our efforts have centered around a spirit of experimentation, with programs focused on three pillars: working with the news industry to evolve their business models, raising up quality journalism and driving new thinking and approaches in newsrooms. There’s still much to be done, but we remain committed to collaborating with publishers to build a stronger future for journalism.

Empowering sustainable business growth

The business of journalism is undergoing a major transformation as the focus expands from digital advertising to other ways of making money, like subscriptions. Last year, we worked with publishers to design Subscribe with Google (SwG) which makes it easy to subscribe and access news publications across surfaces and devices.

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GNI Subscriptions lab: invigorating the business model for news

Editor’s note: As part of the Google News Initiative, we work with news publishing partners across the world on efforts to help the industry thrive in the digital age. In partnership with FTI Consulting and the Local Media Association (LMA), today we’re launching the GNI Subscriptions Lab for eight publishers in the U.S. and Canada to help them transform their approach to digital subscriptions. A similar effort will launch in Latin America next month. The following post is by the LMA’s President, Nancy Lane.

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