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Jang Media Group wins Google Innovation Challenge Grant

The media group plans to use the opportunity to develop Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality platforms to digitize its news archives
by TR Pakistan

The Jang Media Group is among the 23 winners of the Google News Initiative (GNI) Asia Pacific Innovation Challenge.

It was the only applicant from Pakistan among a pool of 215 news organizations and technology companies in the challenge from across the region.

The Jang Media Group has announced that it will use the opportunity to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR) platforms for digitizing its news archives. The project will be similar in scale and ambition to the New York Times’ collaboration with Google in digitizing its news archives.

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Earlier, the media group has been showcased twice as a global example of innovation in Google Developer Conferences in 2016-2017.

“We want to support innovators in this space — those who are pioneering approaches that involve everything from granting digital currency to subscription-based membership models,” said Kate Beddoe, the head of News and Publishing Partnerships at Google, in a statement released on the occasion.

While discussing the challenge, Ludovic Blecher, the head of Google News Initiative Innovation Challenges, said, “Looking at ways to help this industry-wide transition to digital, last year we launched the Google News initiative, along with a $300 million commitment to help journalism thrive.”

News organizations worldwide are going through a radical digital transformation. Technologies for creating, curating and disseminating news are evolving at a fast pace. Platforms for access to timely information, engagement with the reader and innovative monetization models are becoming vital for news organizations globally. At the same time, in the face of fake news and unmoderated social media content, news organizations need to uphold high journalistic standards while retaining user interest.