Mountain View, Calif. – Google (NASD: GOOG) has awarded a $2.7 million
grant to the International Press Institute (IPI), to sponsor a contest aimed at
advancing digital newsgathering in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

News Innovation Contest will award grants to both non-profit and for-profit
organizations working on digital initiatives, including "mobile,
open-source technology created by journalists and/or for journalists and distributed
in the public interest."

"Journalism is an immensely important part
of our societies. In the era of the Internet it’s important that innovation in
journalism continues to flourish and we’re keen to help encourage that,"
said Peter Barron, Google’s director of external relations for Europe, the Middle
East and Africa.

"We’re very pleased to be working on this project with
the IPI, an organization which has a great history of addressing the issues
that affect journalism."

Proposals may be submitted through June 1, via the link below.


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