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Google's GNI Initiative: The Second Wave of News Startup Support in India

  • Google has announced the second cohort of the Google News Initiative (GNI) Startup Labs in India, partnering with Anymind Group and T-Hub.

  • The program spans three months and aims to assist early-stage Indian news startups in achieving financial and operational sustainability.

  • Out of over 100 applicants across India, ten news startups were selected for the program, covering various journalism categories in multiple Indian languages.

  • These startups represent diverse areas of journalism, including investigative, political, medical, youth, climate, and local news, aiming to provide a voice to underrepresented communities.

  • The selected newsrooms operate in various Indian languages such as English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, and Telugu, reflecting the program's diversity.

  • The GNI Startups Lab is an acceleration program by Google, focusing on aiding news-based content creators to innovate and develop more inclusive and sustainable business models.

  • Additionally, Google's GNI initiative in 2023 included other efforts like the GNI India Training Network and Data Dialogue, supporting over 15,000 journalists and journalism students in 15+ languages and impacting 240+ newsrooms and media colleges.


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