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Today we're proud to announce on Google Arts & Culture a new online celebration of this week’s 20th anniversary of humans living and working on the International Space Station (ISS). Created in collaboration with NASA, this project includes NASA collections, stories, and some new games to help anybody learn more and engage in this important milestone in space exploration.
20 years ago, when the first crew of permanent astronauts, cosmonauts, and researchers arrived at their new home on the ISS it opened a new chapter in human space exploration. Today, we’re able to look back on all that’s happened, fromcutting-edge research to benefit humanity, to building essential foundations for international cooperation on our shared home: Earth.
For the first time on Google Arts & Culture, viewers will be able to explore a newly uploaded 3D model of the ISS, making it possible to bring the station back down to Earth and undertake fascinating examinations of each module of the station in incredible detail.
Also debuting is a new multiplayer Puzzle Party experiment. As our first game produced in collaboration with a single partner, it includes a dedicated set of images from NASA’s ISS archives on Google Arts & Culture to play with your friends and family. Piece together photographs ranging from the exterior views of the space station toastronauts on spacewalks, to learn more about the incredible work being done up in orbit.
Feeling inspired? Now you can recreate and remix some of the most iconic shots from the ISS — from shuttle launches to sightings of Earth from the station’s picture window known as the Cupola — with a NASA edition of the Art Coloring Book experiment, allowing anyone to make these images their own.
Dr. Gary Kitmacher, Mission Manager for ISS Communications and Education, helped curate the NASA experiences and provided subject matter expertise to this project. “I have dedicated 36 years of my life following and reporting on this incredible human adventure and the amazing achievements of the ISS. Partnering with Google Arts & Culture on this ISS 20th Project enables NASA to bring these stories to a new audience.”
Customize iconic images from the past 20 years of the ISS in your favorite colors with the NASA Edition of the Art Coloring Book.
Explore the space station in three dimensions with a highly detailed model created by NASA experts.
The International Space Station photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking.
NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Expedition 23 flight engineer, works with experiment hardware in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) located in the Columbus laboratory of the International Space Station.
Space shuttle Endeavour rises on twin columns of flame from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the STS-134 mission to the International Space Station.
We are excited to celebrate and share with everyone the human achievement that is the International Space Station with NASA through this Google Arts & Culture project.
There are two universal truths about the state of the news industry today: Demand for quality journalism has never been higher, and the need for news businesses to embrace the transition to digital has never been more critical. When we launched the Google News Initiative in 2018, many news businesses might have presumed they had time to make this shift in a methodical and considered way. COVID-19 changed that timetable drastically.
The unanticipated upheaval of this year has affected how we continue to enable innovation in news. In planning for the future, it’s helpful to know what we’ve learned from the past. Our first GNI Impact Report looks at what we have done in collaboration with the news industry over the last couple of years to see what worked and where there are opportunities for growth.
Over the last two years, the Google News Initiative has supported more than 6,250 news partners in 118 countries through $189 million in global funding, programs, tools and resources.
Beyond the numbers, we’ve learned that different parts of the world need different approaches, from small local outlets and large cross-border publishing operations in Europe, to news organizations serving the diversity of populations and languages in Asia Pacific. In Latin America, the lack of capital available to digital news startups has put a focus on transformation of legacy organizations and sustainable growth for news entrepreneurs. In the Middle East and Africa, the swift digital transformation and steep rise in local content creation provides exciting opportunities for news. And this year, the unfolding pandemic and social justice issues in North America have crystallized the importance of local news.
There’s still so much to be done. To take you a little deeper inside our work, we asked three members of our team to talk about our priorities.
Olivia Ma, Director, News Lab & Civics
As a journalist’s daughter, I learned about the importance of journalism as I sat with my father at our breakfast table each morning and watched him unfold each one of our three daily newspapers.
How people access news has changed dramatically since then, which is why I’m passionate about helping news organizations strengthen their digital storytelling and build new ways to reach their audiences online. Over the last two years, we’ve equipped more than 340,000 journalists with skills such as digital verification, data visualization, and machine learning through in-person trainings, and have enabled an additional 1.7 million online trainings for journalists through the GNI Training Center.
Along the way, we’ve observed some commonalities: Journalists want new tools to save time so they can focus on finding, reporting and writing stories. They’re also willing to collaborate with other news organizations and tech companies to get things done for the good of the public. One great example involves work to fight misinformation; our $6.5 million investment on pandemic-related misinformation enabled organizations like First Draft and Comprova to make fact-checking resources accessible and connect reporters covering COVID-19 globally.
There’s a growing awareness and acknowledgement that diverse newsrooms result in better storytelling, coverage and business growth. To understand the gaps and opportunities, we’ve driven research that shines a spotlight on diversity in U.S. newsrooms, the role of gender in Argentinian journalism and different lived experiences of journalists in Germany. To help grow the talent pool of future journalists, we’re investing in the GNI Fellowship program and talent development programs like theMaynard 200and driving innovation by awarding funding to local media projects focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Ben Monnie, Director of Global Partnerships Solutions, News
As a business strategist for many years at The New York Times, and now at Google, I’ve learned that there isn’t a single business model that works for every organization. My experience with the GNI, however, has surfaced common lessons that enable publisher growth. Successful publishers harness data to understand their audiences, build products and make business decisions, using tools like News Consumer Insights. They’ve also adopted a digital-first mindset and a willingness to continually experiment
We’ve seen through our work on Subscribe with Google and global Subscriptions Labs that readers are willing to pay for quality news online through digital subscriptions, contributions and memberships. Publishers like The Buffalo News have put this insight to work by making digital subscriptions a priority, transforming their 140-year-old newspaper into a consumer-focused digital publishing business.
But the difficulty in funding journalism is growing, particularly at the local level. While the industry has seen further reduction in legacy local news organizations, we’re learning from emerging models supporting news in those communities.
That’s why we’ve narrowed in on helping local publishers navigate the complex choices they face in growing their businesses today. By understanding the evolving landscape and identifying examples of success, we’re working with our partners to establish best practices and develop resources to help others. Efforts like our Digital Growth Program and Local News Experiments Projects, which launched local news offerings in the U.S. and the U.K., are applying lessons learned to help sustain the future of journalism.
Madhav Chinnappa, Director of News Ecosystem Development
Transformation can be difficult; having worked in news organizations for most of my career, I know that personally. Innovation requires being open to experimentation, trying new ideas, testing them and sometimes failing.
New technology creates new opportunities, and we’ve seen this reflected as news organizations help us understand the world through data journalism and use machine learning to transform the way news is made and consumed. We’re also listening to how we can support newsrooms through technology, which is why we launched Journalist Studio to provide reporters with tools that help them do their work more efficiently.
Building on the work of the Digital News Innovation Fund in Europe, we’ve committed over $40 million through the GNI Innovation Challenge and YouTube Innovation Funding to help 213 news organizations try new ideas. Some partners experimented with new ways of storytelling, others used local journalism to help elderly readers in Japan stay informed. We saw outlets experiment with new revenue streams, create new products to streamline reader contributions and build the first membership program in Myanmar, where press freedom is at risk.
It’s been amazing to see how those open calls for new ideas stimulated new thinking and generated powerful collaboration between publishers.
What’s next? The simple answer is “more.” More focus on building sustainable growth for local, through programs like the Local News Experiments Project. More tools like Pinpoint that save on newsroom costs and help journalists focus on creating quality journalism. More efforts like the Digital Growth Program to help publishers adapt and grow their businesses. And more collaboration, which is at the heart of everything we do at the GNI.
The Internet has changed our world. It has changed societal behavior in ways we expected and ways we did not. The news industry and Google must continue to understand the impact of these changes and explore how we might innovate our way to solutions. We have both the need and the opportunity to rethink the role news plays in people’s lives and rethink how we can enable the citizens of our societies to have the tools and information they need to be informed citizens. We remain committed to working closely with the journalism community to build the constructive and sustainable news ecosystem that’s necessary for our open societies to thrive.
When we first launched the Google News Initiative (GNI), the vastness and diversity of Asia Pacific and its media landscape felt daunting. In countries like India and Japan, newspapers remain extremely popular. In Korea, news aggregators are the go-to way to get the news. Digital-first media have blossomed in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Malaysia—and been very successful in challenging incumbents.
It quickly became clear that we couldn’t simply adapt GNI programs to Asia Pacific. We had to build programs for the region from scratch, tailored to local news businesses’ needs.
To date, our partnerships in the region have focused on three key areas.
Elevating quality journalism and fighting misinformation
Misinformation in Asian countries isn’t always that sophisticated. Usually it comes in the form of images or videos with a misleading headline, but it can easily and quickly spread in Asia’s mobile-first, highly-connected communities.
We set out to help tackle this by setting up training initiatives for journalists, equipping them with fact-checking skills and creating networks to foster cooperation between news organizations. Media in Asia are very open to collaboration—they recognize that a stronger news industry comes from working together, through initiatives like Cekfakta, an Indonesian fact-checking coalition uniting 24 media organizations. Across the region, we’ve trained more than 79,000 journalists in person and more than 418,000 online (through the GNI Training Center) since 2015.
Quality journalism also relies on diverse viewpoints, and we’ve developed programs to promote greater inclusion in newsrooms, including providing career development opportunities for journalists-turned-parents in Korea, and publishing research into diversity in media in Australia.
At the same time, we know from our discussions with reporters and publishers that efforts to strengthen journalism have to go hand in hand with initiatives to broaden media literacy. Without the support and understanding of the general public, good reporting falls on deaf ears. We’ve provided funding to partners in Hong Kong, India, Southeast Asia and Australia, helping them create locally-relevant media literacy curriculums and organize training for those who need it most.
Helping news businesses grow sustainably
The opportunities for Asia Pacific publishers to access the Internet and experiment with online content vary widely, even within the same country. Internet penetration is almost ubiquitous in places like Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea, and deeply unequal in places like India, Indonesia or Malaysia, where big cities are generally well-connected but remote areas lag behind. Even media organizations that are able to take advantage of the internet often don’t have the skills to make the most of advertising, subscription and data immediately, while some resign themselves to skipping online publishing altogether.
Our work has to reflect these realities, which is why we’ve launched local News Foundry programs in Japan and Indonesia, helping media get online or improve their digital presence, and set up the GNI APAC Data Labs to help Asian news organizations make better use of data analysis. For bigger publishers like India’s Dainik Jagran and Japan’s ABC TV and The Asahi Shimbun, we’re focused on ensuring they can get the most of digital tools such as Realtime Content Insights and Dynamic Ad Insertion technology. For small- and medium-sized news organizations looking to grow their digital businesses, we’ve opened up the GNI Digital Growth Program, which is available in several Asian languages.
Supporting new ideas and business models
News organizations in Asia are open to new opportunities. The region’s growth means fresh ideas and unexpected approaches are emerging all the time.
To harness that spirit, last year, we launched our first GNI Innovation Challenge in Asia Pacific, giving journalists and news organizations the initial support they needed to get their ideas off the ground. We’ve experimented with new formats and tools that are “Asia-first,” like Pinpoint, which was tested by the Philippines’ Rappler. And we’re using technology to help solve the daily challenges Asian newsrooms face. Journalists here are typically always on the go, working from their phones while commuting, instead of sitting at a desk. Tools like Source by Storyful, an image verification mobile app that uses our Cloud technology, are built for their daily realities.
We’ve tested different models for supporting media, and our biggest lesson is that being nimble is vital. We have to be as willing to change and adapt as the media we work with every day.
Today, some countries in our region are on the path to recovery from COVID-19, while others are still struggling with it. From here, our programs will focus on where we can have the most impact in helping newsrooms work through the pandemic or build beyond it, depending on their individual circumstances. We’re ready to continue playing our part in securing the strong, diverse and creative news industry that Asia Pacific needs and deserves.