It is a proud moment for News Sense, which has been working in the area of development communication since May 2017 has been awarded with Google Journalism Emergency Relief Fund by Google News Initiative.
The fund will be utilised for furthering the activities of News Sense which includes content, technical up gradation, training and publications. A handbook on Factcheck is soon going to release soon, which will be available to the readers and practioners, both offline and online.
Speaking about the fund, Richard Gingras, VP, News, Google Org says, “Local news is a vital resource for keeping people and communities connected in the best of times. Today, it plays an even greater function in reporting on local lockdowns or shelter at home orders, school and park closures, and data about how COVID-19 is affecting daily life“.
He also adds, “Today’s news builds on other efforts we’ve made to support the industry and connect people to quality information at this time of need. We believe it is important to do what we can to alleviate the financial pressures on newsrooms, and will continue to look at other ways to help with more to announce soon“.
The funding is a big boost for team News Sense, as it gives confidence that we are in the right direction. Speaking on the occasion, Joydeep Das Gupta, Editor, News Sense says, “We are Thankful to Google News Initiative for recognising our efforts and funding our endeavours. We are also thankful to our readers and a group of well-wishers, who have time to time supported us in continuing our commitment to positive Journalism. “.
He further says, “News Sense started in the year 2017 with an objective to spread positivity around by informing, analysing, engaging and promoting good works and useful information. Since 2018 we have introduced fact check too, and have emerged as a prominent fact checking agency in Eastern India, helping and advising Kolkata Police in dealing with the fake news“.
News Sense is committed towards society and people and have established itself as the real voice of unsung amidst loud noises of the conventional news organisations.