Back in March, this year, Google introduced a $300 million company-wide effort called “Google News Initiative,” to help on elevating quality journalism, enabling new business models, and empowering news organizations to innovate through technology. Today, the company is offering free G Suite licenses for local to medium-sized news organizations.
This initiative is a part of the new Google News Initiative Cloud Program launched today, will support local, small and medium-sized news organizations across the globe.
Through this program, Google will give out free 200,000 G Suite licenses for up to two years, or December 31, 2021, whichever comes sooner.
News groups who have less than 500 employees are eligible to apply for “up to 500” of the free licenses.
With this latest Google News Initiative Cloud Program, Google is aiming to help publishers of all sizes to get access to cloud-native technology to modernize newsrooms. “Collaboration, reader engagement, and analytics” are cited, with Google positioning G Suite as being able to meet those needs.
G Suite, a cloud-based intelligent productivity suite, includes Gmail, Docs, Drive, Hangouts, and Calendar.
Google says those apps can help “keep newsroom data secure and enable editors in the office and reporters in the field to collaborate and edit a copy of a story in real-time.”
Soon, Google will also allow news organizations to apply for the Google Cloud Platform credits. More details about the program will be shared at Cloud Next London in October.
These Cloud credits can be used in different ways like from app development to data analytics and machine learning to modernize their business, says Google.
News organizations that are not government-owned or taxpayer-funded, including educational and nonprofit organizations, are eligible to apply for the free licenses of G Suite.
G Suite licenses applications as part of the Google News Initiative Cloud Program are open now on this website.
In other news, Inbox by Gmail is signing off at the end of March 2019 to favor the new Gmail that was introduced in April this year.
Inbox by Gmail has been a great place to experiment new features like snoozing emails to later, or Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered experiences like Smart Reply, Nudges and high-priority notifications to help you stay productive.
Many of these features along with Smart Compose are now incorporated into the new Gmail.
Reasoning the sunset of Inbox by Gmail, Google wrote,
“Four years after launching Inbox in 2014, we’ve learned a lot about how to make email better— and we’ve taken popular Inbox experiences and added them into Gmail to help more than a billion people get more done with their emails every day. As we look to the future, we want to take a more focused approach that will help us bring the best email experience to everyone. As a result, we’re planning to focus solely on Gmail and say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail at the end of March 2019.”