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Google News Initiative

Searching for news innovators

At Google News Lab, we believe technology can and should support the creation of quality journalism.

We know that the best journalistic innovations come from within the newsroom, when journalists and technologists work together at the centre of the action.

That's why we are thrilled to expand the Australia Google News Lab Fellowship in its second year, in partnership with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Walkley Foundation. Applications are now open.

We’re seeking Fellows to spend the 2017/18 summer embedded in the ABC newsroom, working on data journalism and product development projects that will help one of Australia’s largest newsrooms experiment and innovate with the latest storytelling technologies.

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Google News Lab works with newsrooms, startups and journalism organisations around the world. 

The Fellowship is open to anyone with technology skills that they’d like to apply to create new innovative forms of journalism, under the guidance of some of Australia’s most experienced journalists. Over the past two years we’ve steadily expanded the Google News Lab Fellowship program to help build the next generation of digital journalists across the world.

Last year we launched the program in Australia in partnership with Fairfax Media, placing Matthew Baker from the University of New South Wales inside the Sydney Morning Herald’s newsroom.

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Australian News Lab Fellow Matt Baker (second from right) with other Fellows at Google headquarters last year. 

Matthew worked on two main projects - a data-driven analysis of the late-night lockout laws in Sydney, and a recommendation tool designed to increase audience engagement.

We look forward to welcoming a new cohort of passionate Australian journalism innovators this year to expand and broaden the impact of the Fellowship program.

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You can learn more about the fellowship program and our participating media organisations at the Walkley Foundation’s website. Applications are open until October 29.