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Junkee Media and Nine announced as recipients of Google News Initiative funding

Junkee Media and Nine have been named the Australian recipients of YouTube innovation funding from Google News Initiative.

The two Australian news organisations are part of the 87 news brands which received funding to build improved video capabilities and innovate with new formats.

Other organisations to receive funding globally include The Economist, Financial Times and The Guardian, as well as BuzzFeed News, CBS News and The New York Times.

The funding was first announced in July, as part of plans to support the future of news in online video.

The full list of recipients

Tim Duggan, publisher at Junkee Media, was thrilled to receive YouTube’s funding. The publisher will use the grant to support its video operations, and build out new content for Junkee’s YouTube channel.

“We’ve always been at the forefront of innovative new content formats,” Duggan said. “We’ve got so many exciting ideas we’ve been itching to test out, and this funding will enable us to create them on YouTube in a really meaningful way. We can’t wait to get stuck into it and share our learnings with the rest of the journalism community.”

Junkee Media is currently hiring a video news director and video editor.

Locally, Google News Initiative has also launched an innovation challenge for projects and new ideas, and is offering two years free use of Google’s online productivity tools to small publishers. Several months ago, Google’s communications and public affairs manager Nic Hopkins was named the inaugural lead of Google’s News Lab in Australia and New Zealand.

The Federal government has not yet announced the winners of the Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund. 

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