For the past couple years, there’s been a heightened focus on the subject of fake news. Misleading stories continue to pop up online, it gets more difficult to tell legitimate sources from illegitimate ones, and the words of some politicians don’t make this matter any easier to deal with. Thankfully, to help make sense of the world of online news, Google is launching the Google News Initiative
Signifies a major milestone in Google’s 15-year commitment to the news industry, and will bring together everything we do in collaboration with the industry—across products, partnerships, and programs—to help build a stronger future for news.
Google has three primary objectives it hopes to accomplish with GNI, with one of the most prominent having to do with giving journalists the tools they need to elevate and strengthen the quality of their content. To achieve this, Google’s trained its machine learning systems to identify misleading stories during breaking news situations and redirect people to accurate ones.
Additionally, Google’s working with Poynter Institute, Stanford University, and the Local Media Association to launch a program called MediaWise that’ll help “improve digital information literacy for young consumers.”
GNI’s second goal is to “evolve business models to drive sustainable growth.
Last but not least, GNI aims to “empower news organizations through technological innovation.”