In the information and expertise communities, the collective sense of urgency about the way forward for journalism reached new heights this yr. Never earlier than has the press been so vital—or so underneath risk. Technology and platforms like those Google has constructed current extraordinary alternatives to strengthen journalism, however they require newsrooms and tech firms working carefully collectively to get it proper. That’s why the Google News Lab exists.

In a Keyword sequence this week, we’ve shared the work the News Lab is doing around the globe to deal with trade challenges and reap the benefits of new applied sciences. Today, in our ultimate put up on this sequence, we’re stepping again to offer a holistic view of 10 main developments in our work this final yr. We’re trying ahead to a fair greater 2018 and would love your suggestions on how we will accomplice with the trade to construct a stronger future for information.

1. Combating misinformation in European elections

The unfold of misinformation is a rising downside for open societies in all places. So, serving to information organizations confront that problem—particularly throughout elections—was a key focus for us. We helped the First Draft Coalition pioneer new collaborative reporting fashions to fight misinformation and confirm information tales in the course of the UK, French, and German elections.

2. Helping customers determine reliable information content material on Google

We labored carefully with the information trade to raised spotlight correct, high quality content material on our platforms with new product options and partnerships. Along with the Trust Project, we produced eight indicators of belief that newsrooms can add to their content material to assist customers distinguish between high quality content material and misinformation. We additionally partnered with the International Fact-Checking Network and The Poynter Institute to extend the variety of verified reality checkers internationally.  

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3. Empowering underrepresented voices

Bringing underrepresented voices into newsrooms will help uncover vital tales which might be not noted of mainstream information protection. We supported ASNE’s survey to get a greater sense of range in newsrooms throughout the U.S. We additionally partnered with organizations within the U.S., Brazil, France and Germany to supply journalists from various backgrounds with in-depth packages to develop their careers.

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4. Strengthening native information

With income pressures difficult the creation of high quality native information content material, we started investing in initiatives to strengthen native newsrooms throughout the U.S. We partnered with the Society for Professional Journalists to coach greater than 9,000 native reporters in digital abilities. We’re additionally supporting Report for America, an initiative that can use a Teach for America mannequin to put a thousand journalists in native newsrooms over the following 5 years.

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5. Researching key challenges in journalism

To higher perceive key challenges dealing with the information trade, we produced research on the state of knowledge journalism in 2017 and the way audiences expertise VR and what it means for journalists. We additionally supported the ICFJ’s newsroom examine on the utilization of expertise in newsrooms.

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6. Working with newsrooms to experiment on new expertise

From drones to digital actuality, we helped information organizations perceive and use rising applied sciences to form their reporting and have interaction audiences in new methods. And we experimented with machine studying, too—we partnered with ProPublica to launch Documenting Hate, a undertaking which makes use of AI to assist construct a nationwide database for hate crime and bias incidents.   

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7. Building instruments for information journalism

Our analysis into the state of knowledge journalism discovered that whereas half of newsrooms have a devoted information journalist, many lack the instruments and assets to achieve success. So we constructed a lot of instruments—Flourish, Tilegrams, Data Gif Maker, Election Databot— to make information journalism extra accessible to newsrooms and journalists internationally.

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8. Training journalists internationally in digital abilities

With our on-line coaching heart, superior on-line studying partnerships, and in-person trainings, we helped practice greater than 500,000  journalists internationally in digital instruments and abilities for storytelling and reporting. To develop the following technology of digital journalists, we supplied greater than 50 News Lab Fellowships with main information organizations throughout 12 international locations.

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9. Helping newsrooms use Google Trends information to help elections protection

Google Trends information provides information organizations a take a look at the candidates and points that voters are concerned about throughout election season. In Germany, we created a Google Trends Hub to indicate customers’ search curiosity in key candidates and constructed a visualization instrument to carry the info to life. In France, we launched a knowledge pushed internet app that confirmed search curiosity within the candidates over time.

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10. Expanding the News Lab to Brazil and Asia

This yr we launched the News Lab in two new markets: Brazil and in Asia. To kick issues off we held inaugural News Lab Summits in each areas—convening journalists from 15 states in Brazil and journalists from 15 international locations in Singapore. Since then, we’ve skilled greater than 8,000 journalists in Brazil and 12,000 journalists in Asia.

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It’s an thrilling time for journalism. There are many challenges, however we’re desperate to work with the information trade to construct a extra knowledgeable world. Tell us the place you suppose we must always put our efforts—we’d love to listen to suggestions and new concepts.

This article sources data from The Keyword