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More news videos on YouTube

YouTube is funding two programs for journalists because users want more videos from authoritative journalists and outlets, Tim Katz, head of news partnerships at YouTube, has announced.

“We see our users coming to the platform and looking for news. We believe it’s our responsibility to those users to give them access to authoritative news and information”, Katz told

It’s the first time Google-owned YouTube is funding journalism projects independently of Google News Initiative that otherwise is the umbrella organization for the platforms funding of journalism and media projects.

The YouTube initiatives are both of them year-long programs and designed to help digital-first journalists learn how to build audiences and brands on YouTube.

  • The “Creator Program for Independent Journalists” is for independent journalists who want to start their own YouTube channels. The program offers training for video production and entrepreneurial business development. YouTube will give grants globally for up to USD 50,000 for 40-60 journalists.
  • The “Sustainability Lab for Digital-First Newsrooms” is a new program that focuses on helping digital-first newsrooms build sustainable business models on YouTube. YouTube will give 20-30 digital-first newsrooms grants worth up to USD 200,000. Newsrooms will get access to specialists to help them learn video journalism best practices.


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