Google’s Innovation Challenge: Funding innovation or profits?

with Alfred Hermida

21 May 2024 | Media and Communication

How is Google shaping the future of journalism? Alfred Hermida (University of British Columbia, Canada) explores Google's Innovation Challenge, which has funded hundreds of journalism projects since 2018. This conversation uncovers a surprising question: Is Google prioritizing profits over groundbreaking journalism?

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Google’s Influence on Global Business Models in Journalism: An Analysis of Its Innovation Challenge
By Alfred Hermida and Mary Lynn Young
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About the Speaker

Alfred Hermida (PhD) is a professor and former director (2015–2020) at the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media at the University of British Columbia, and co-founder of The Conversation Canada. With 25 years of experience in digital journalism, his ongoing research addresses the transformation of news, media innovation, and AI in journalism. He was a BBC TV, radio, and online journalist for 16 years, including four years as a foreign correspondent in North Africa and the Middle East.