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Google News Initiative woos Kenyans to apply

Challenge drives innovators to rethink digital journalism

In Summary

• The initiative covers Africa, Middle East and Turkey.

Google GNI Innovation head Ludovic Blecher
Google GNI Innovation head Ludovic Blecher
Image: Douglas Okiddy

The Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge is now open for application submissions from Kenya. Applications opened on June 18 and will remain open until Monday, September 2, at 11:59pm GMT. The initiative covers Africa, Middle East and Turkey.

The GNI Innovation Challenge serves as a key way for news innovators across the world to demonstrate new thinking in the practice of digital journalism and development of new business models.

The launch took place at Villa Rosa Kempiski, Nairobi and was presided over by Google GNI Innovation head Ludovic Blecher. 

Google news lab sub-Saharan Africa teaching fellow Eugene Okumu
Google news lab sub-Saharan Africa teaching fellow Eugene Okumu
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MCK CEO David Omwoyo and board member Dr Julius Kinyeki
MCK CEO David Omwoyo and board member Dr Julius Kinyeki
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Google communication manager for Africa Dorothy Ooko and Information ministry communications secretary Judy Munyinyi
Google communication manager for Africa Dorothy Ooko and Information ministry communications secretary Judy Munyinyi
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Deloitte partner Urvi Patel
Deloitte partner Urvi Patel
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