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Google News Initiative Funds Newsroom Leadership Program at Columbia Journalism School for Journalists in India

As part of its efforts to support the news industry, the Google News Initiative is funding a newsroom leadership program at Columbia Journalism School for journalists in India

In today’s rapidly evolving media landscape, everyone needs to better understand the business of journalism, particularly as it relates to managing through disruption, growing and engaging audiences, designing and launching products, and diversifying revenue streams. Newsroom leaders often come from within, moving from reporter to editor to managing editor, and while the skills that make for compelling stories are honed and developed with each new responsibility and role, there isn’t the mentoring or skill-specific training to help media leaders develop their business skills.

To help journalists in India better manage the transition to the digital age, and to support leadership diversity by offering formal support, the Google News Initiative has teamed up with the Columbia Journalism School to offer a curated program to meet their needs.

This six-month online program begins and ends with one week of virtual residency, with the intervening weeks devoted to weekly virtual sessions. Each Fellow will also work on a specific project during the year that is relevant to their newsroom within the main fellowship topics: technology, monetization, and data.

Fifteen fellows living and working in India will learn how to lead through change in this fast-moving environment and identify opportunities for entrepreneurship within their newsrooms. The program will emphasize:

  • How news companies operate as businesses, and how technology has revolutionized what it means to be a publisher.
  • Ways to evaluate the costs and benefits of introducing technology-driven changes into newsroom workflows, and how to ensure managers and direct reports support new ways of working.
  • The use of data to create compelling content that will resonate with audiences   

The deadline to apply is February 15, 2022, but journalists are encouraged to submit applications early, as they are considered on a rolling basis. For more information about the program and curriculum, as well as information regarding the application and selection process, visit the Columbia Journalism School website.