TFM is one among 450 newsrooms from 52 countries that have been selected to receive support through the Google News Initiative’s News Equity Fund. It must be noted that Google News Initiative is committed to “advancing the practice of quality journalism” and nurturing innovations in News from international news desks to local newsrooms.
The Frontier Manipur (TFM), the online news portal that helped redefine authentic digital journalism in the state of Manipur, has figured in the list of selected projects under Google News Initiative’s News Equity Fund. TFM is one among 450 newsrooms from 52 countries that have been selected to receive support and backing through the News Equity Fund.
Notable digital news entities selected from India include Newslaundry, Scroll.in, India Currents, Mojo Story, The News Minute, Gaon Connection, Main Bhi Bharat, Bengali Times, ChalChitra Abhiyaan, Democratic Charkha, Suno India, and The Sikkim Chronicle.
Prominent international news organisations that have won the backing of Google News Initiative include – UK based Black Ballad, Chicago based Borderless Magazine, Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism (CCIJ), Chicago Reader, Dallas Free Press, Hong Kong Free Press, Media in Toronto, Nepal Investigative Multimedia Journalism Network, New Canadian Media, Rome News-Tribune, The Baltimore Times, The Dallas Weekly, The Korea Daily, New York City based The Village Voice, etc,.
CHECK THE LIST HERE: https://newsinitiative.withgoogle.com/news-equity-fund/#selected-projects
TFM is the first and the only entity from Manipur as of now to have joined these prominent digital-news path-breakers in a quite unique and credible way. The online news presence of TFM is well-known. However, with this opportunity, TFM wishes to lead the pack on what constitutes news that matters to the people, setting itself the task of being authentic, fearless and following an independent brand of journalism.
It may be recalled that Google had launched a ‘News Equity Fund’ with a commitment to back up, support and provide opportunities to news organizations that primarily serve under-represented communities. Its primary aim is “to strengthen inclusion, further empower a diverse news ecosystem, and specifically support small and medium sized publishers creating original journalism for under-represented audiences around the world”.
TFM submitted a proposal and applied for the fund in July 2022. The proposal was reviewed by teams of Google staff who possess knowledge and experience in digital publishing and journalism. Google also worked with established third party organizations to further confirm TFM’s selection from India and Asia Pacific region.
The selected projects include news organisations from specific countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, North America, Caribbean and Latin America.
It must be noted that Google News Initiative is committed to “advancing the practice of quality journalism” and nurturing innovations in News from international news desks to local newsrooms apart from “wishing all quality publications to flourish”.