Google News Lab to Expand Reach of First Global Survey of Newsroom Tech

Dec 62016

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 5, 2016 – With new support from Google News Lab, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will expand its groundbreaking global survey on the adoption of newsroom technologies from seven to 12 languages.

The upcoming survey, the State of Technology in Global Newsrooms, will shed much-needed light on how news media professionals use digital innovations for reporting, storytelling and distribution in newsrooms around the world. Initially, the survey was to be distributed in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Thanks to Google News Lab, it will now include Bahasa, German, Japanese, Korean and Turkish.

“With the help of Google News Lab, we should have the clearest picture of tech adoption in newsrooms because we can offer the survey in so many important languages,” said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan.

Storyful, the global leader in discovering, verifying and acquiring the rights to user-generated content for news organizations, is providing generous support for the survey.

Google News Lab Research and Development Manager Danielle Bowers will join the survey’s advisory board:

"Our goal is to empower journalists with better tools and technologies for storytelling,” Bowers said. “We are excited to be partnering with ICFJ and Storyful on this study to shed light on the challenges and opportunities newsrooms are facing.”

ICFJ is working with Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology program to administer the survey to journalists and media managers. Through its multilingual International Journalists’ Network, IJNet.org, ICFJ has unique access to newsrooms and journalists worldwide.

SurveyMonkey, the leading online survey platform, will provide technical support and methodological expertise.

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About ICFJ

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is at the forefront of the news revolution. Our programs empower journalists and engage citizens with new technologies and best practices. ICFJ’s networks of reporters and media entrepreneurs are transforming the field. We believe that better journalism leads to better lives. Since 1984, ICFJ has worked with more than 92,000 professional and citizen journalists and media managers from 180 countries. Contact: Sarah Needle, Communications Associate, 202-349-7630 or sneedle@icfj.org.

About Google News Lab

Google News Lab supports the creation and distribution of the information that keeps us all informed about what's happening in our world today—quality journalism. Today's news organizations and media entrepreneurs are inventing new ways to discover, create and distribute news content—and Google News Lab provides tools, data, and programs designed to help. Contact: Danielle Bowers, Research and Development Manager, daniellebowers@google.com.

About Storyful

Storyful, a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV), is the global leader in social content, helping publishers leverage the latest relevant stories on social media. Storyful combines world-class journalism with industry-leading technology to discover, verify and acquire original content and provide the on-the-ground sources partners need to tell the stories that matter to their audience. Contact: Michael Hess, Head of Marketing, michael.hess@storyful.com.