• Gutierrez Saleh posted an update 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    The Digital News Initiative (DNI) is a European organization launched by Google to “enable high-quality digital journalism through innovation and technology.” It encompasses the “Innovator’s Fund” worth Euros 150m, which this year issued first grants to four projects in journalists, online media and multimedia, public media and product journalism. The main thrust of the DNI is to build a better understanding and appreciation of digital and online business and to foster growth in the field. It also promotes greater participation of women in online business and entrepreneurship.

    The European Journalism Initiative, or EJI, is a funded research programme that is supported by several governments across Europe, particularly the UK, France and Spain. The focus of the programme is to develop and improve digital news services and enhance online media in the region. This effort is aimed at creating a more quality-based and democratic society through technological innovation. The first EJI grant was awarded in 2021 to Finland for establishing the pan Nordic digital news initiative that now covers all its countries.

    Another European digital news initiative, this one from the Netherlands, is known as the “ASEAN+.” It is an open innovation platform for publishers in Asia and Europe, which encourages collaboration between publishers, developers and investors. Through this initiative, Asian Publishers publish quality content on topics related to their areas of interest. In Europe, the Association for European Journal Editors and European Society of Journalist Editors are supporting the initiative.

    For its part, the initiative has a “Working Group B,” which is made up of members representing different areas of the industry, such as newspapers, magazine s, radio, television and cinema. As a core member, E.ON provides a digital news hub as well as traditional web and mobile portals that deliver the news instantly. At the present time, this hub can be found in 20 languages, including Arabic, Basque, Finnish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, and Turkish. In the future, it is planned to expand this to include more languages.

    In the meantime, the Asia Pacific region is supporting the Digital News Initiative with funding and other technical assistance. In the last year alone, the Asia Pacific Financial Times Group and the Financial Times Asia Pacific News Agency reached agreements with the European Journalism Organization, the European Union and the Asian Development Bank to finance journalism development in the region. In November of last year, the Association of Publishers in Japan began accepting payments for content from outlets in the Asia Pacific region, such as the Financial Times, Japanese Securities Exchange and Indonesian Stock Market. The Association of Publishers is part of the Association of Journalist Editors and News Publishers in Asia Pacific.

    The organization has been successful in securing financial support from foundations, corporations, and academic organizations. For example, a group of shareholders took action recently to support a project initiated by the CJI. This group of shareholders represents a number of European business interests, including the French and Italian publishing houses, Delegate Capital, the British-based publisher CMC plc, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers Plc, among others. The CJI has also secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council of Japan, the EU, the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Trade Organization.

    In the meantime, a group of members from the publishing industry is planning to start a working group focused on Asia and the Middle East. The group will meet bi-weekly to discuss progress on the digital platform and other issues related to the continent. Members will also decide in which areas they would like to see more focus in the Asia and the Middle East region, such as developments regarding the social media. In the coming months, the organization will also take a decision on expanding its work outside of Europe, in areas that have recently become important hubs for the global trading community, such as Latin America, South Korea, India, and Taiwan.

    Digital news in the Europe is creating many publishers, both small and large, and editors who are constantly looking for new and innovative mediums. Digital news has helped propel many publishers into the world of international press, giving them access to markets previously inaccessible to media outlets. The next few years will witness continued growth for this sector, bringing great opportunities for those with a flair for writing and those with a love for journalism. With the growing number of newspapers and magazine s based in the continent, more young people are interested in pursuing a career in journalism. As a result, more people will continue to find employment opportunities for the journalism profession in Europe, and this trend is only set to increase in the coming years.

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