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The Digital News Initiative (D NI) is a European organization established by Google to “provide high-quality, credible, and independent journalism through digital technology and innovation.” It covers an “Innovations Fund” worth over 150 million Euros, which this year issued grants to 461 projects at different news organisations around Europe. And this is just the first year. This means that the DNI has set itself a very high standard and is aiming for much higher standards, in order to drive quality and quantity, so that its role as a driving force behind the European news media can be fully realized.
DNI projects are mostly based on four themes: innovation, distributed information, platform innovation and user communities. The innovation theme refers to new and cutting edge technological innovations that help publishers to provide original content via online platforms such as social networking sites or podcasts. The distributed information theme refers to increasing the access and participation of subscribers, while the user communities theme is concerned with providing a forum for users across Europe to engage with each other. In short, these themes cover the whole gamut of things that are related to digital news journalism, and if implemented well, can really boost the industry.
As for agency made in the Digital News Initiative, Google has committed more than EUR 6 billion to support innovation and distribute news to European readers. If implemented properly, Google is positioning itself not only as a leader in providing online news services but also as a significant contributor to the wider European context. The growth potential in digital news initiative can hardly be ignored. The growth potential is indeed quite vast and it is estimated that by 2040, the value of online news will be twice as big as that of print media. If we look at the bigger picture, this means not only an increase in revenue for publishers, but also an increase in value for the industry as a whole.
The key enabler of the digital news initiative is the European Journalism Centre. This is part of the European Union and its Journalism Initiative which aims to support innovation and foster citizenry engagement with the media. The EJI has developed a series of policies and guidelines on diversity and cultural neutrality that should be implemented in the member states of the EU as well as in the member states of the global organization. This is now underway and is set to be completed by the end of 2021.
Another significant innovation drive is the European Journalism Working Group. The working group is comprised of editors from major newspapers from all across the continent. This set up allows a much broader reach to the idea of digital news and will facilitate reporting across different sectors more effectively. The members of the group meet regularly and are made aware of any progress in this arena. It also looks into the wider issues affecting the sector, such as the increasing role of social media, and issues concerning new media platforms and regulations that could affect the industry.
The European Journalism Working Group also works on creating guidelines and policies for the entire publishing industry. These will be made available to all member publications of the EJI. The purpose of these is to create a single body that can regulate the policies and standards that apply across the board. In addition, the group looks into complaints about services, such as the editorial standards of a newspaper. These complaints are then forwarded to the governing body.
The digitization of the traditional press has created major challenges for the industry. agency have been successful in providing state-of-the-art services that have increased reader engagement. However, their success has been largely dependent on commercial interest and other concerns, such as protecting the copyrights of the publishers. For this reason, some publishers are resisting changes in terms of copyrights. The European Journalism Working Group hopes to change this by advocating for flexible terms and conditions, especially when it comes to the publishing industry.
Digital news agencies and publishers need to work more closely with each other to find ways to increase and diversify online content, as well as building bridges to provide opportunities to European businesses and citizens. The digital news initiative also works towards improving the distribution services. These include enhancing the display and search capabilities of websites. Additionally, the European Journalism Working Group advocates for improvements in the payment system, which could allow the growth and success of digital media organizations.