Why Is Google Hiring 1,000 Journalists To Flood Newsrooms Around America?

So what do you do when you fail to elect your chosen candidate and your former political allies and mainstream media turn against you by painting you not as the 'progressive', open-minded, friendly tech company that you used to be but as an evil, racist, Russian-colluding corporate villain intent upon destroying all that is sacred in the world?  Well, you just buy the media, of course.

As Poynter notes today, after a series of public relations debacles in recent weeks, from the firing of James Damore to news last week that Google's algos served up some fairly disturbing keywords to potential advertising buyers (e.g. "Why Do Black People Ruin Neighborhoods"), Google is ramping up its media presence with the announcement that the Google News Lab will be working with Report For America (RFA) to hire 1,000 journalists all around the country. 

Many local newsrooms have been cut to the bone so often that there's hardly any bone left. But starting early next year, some may get the chance to rebuild, at least by one.

 

On Monday, a new project was announced at the Google News Lab Summit that aims to place 1,000 journalists in local newsrooms in the next five years. Report For America takes ideas from several existing organizations, including the Peace Corps, Americorps, Teach for America and public media.

 

Unlike foreign or domestic service programs or public media, however, RFA gets no government funding. But they are calling RFA a national service project. That might make some journalists uncomfortable  – the idea of service and patriotism. But at its most fundamental, local journalism is about protecting democracy, said co-founder Charles Sennott, founder and CEO of the GroundTruth Project.

 

"I think journalism needs that kind of passion for public service to bring it back and to really address some of the ailments of the heart of journalism," he said.

 

Here's how RFA will work: On one end, emerging journalists will apply to be part of RFA. On the other, newsrooms will apply for a journalist. RFA will pay 50 percent of that journalist's salary, with the newsroom paying 25 percent and local donors paying the other 25 percent. That reporter will work in the local newsroom for a year, with the opportunity to renew.

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Of course, while the press release above tries to tout the shared financial responsibility of these 1,000 journalists, presumably as a testament to their 'independence', it took about 35 seconds to figure out that the primary funder of the journalists' salaries, RFA, is funded by none other than Google News Lab.

 

Meanwhile, as a further testament to RFA's 'independence, we noticed that their Advisory Board is flooded with reputable, 'impartial' news organizations like the New York Times, NPR, CBS, ABC, etc....

 

That said, as Jeff Bezos found out this morning, you can buy the media outlet but that doesn't necessarily mean you can buy their loyalty (see: Did WaPo Break The Law When It Disciplined A Writer For This Negative Article On Jeff Bezos?)....

Comments

Bob Beachcomber TeamDepends Mon, 09/18/2017 - 22:53 Permalink

Put Adnauseum on your browser.  If you have chrome run in developer mode and click okay when ever it prompts.  It blocks adds and BS, but clicks on as many ads as you specify I usually do 50%.  Google pays the website back.  I am currently looking at 7 clicks back at 50% typing this.  It sucks money out of Google, pays Zerohedge and it's all in the background.  Doesn't even slow down the computer.

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Luc X. Ifer Paul Kersey Mon, 09/18/2017 - 23:59 Permalink

As a hired journalist these day you are no more than a hired pen to spit what it is told you to spit not what you think. Only independent/indie journalist have the luxury to speak their mind but it is a high risk job choice.

BTW, it seems blood started to be drawn due to loss of mafia money invested in the shady Toronto' real estate - realtor pays with life for probably providing bad investment advice just before housing started to collapse in Toronto

http://www.cp24.com/news/realtor-spoke-to-gunman-seconds-before-fatal-s…

http://www.cp24.com/news/man-fatally-shot-inside-downtown-restaurant-wa…

http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/toronto-real-estate-broker-identified-as-vict…

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warsev Bob Beachcomber Tue, 09/19/2017 - 01:50 Permalink

Just built and installed AdNauseum in Vivaldi browser (linux). Seems to work, but I'm not sold on the benefit of the outcome. Not sure I'll use it. The problem I have is that there is some good content out there (even sometimes on ZH) that I want to see and that advertising pays for. I have no problem with using an ad blocker to blacklist ads on sites that throw obnoxious stuff in my face, but sites that offer decent content and reasonable ads I don't mind supporting by viewing the ads.

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coast1 Mon, 09/18/2017 - 22:48 Permalink

totally off topic, going to bed and wont bother you guys for the night...but I have been watching videos of Trey Gowdy, and I really like the guy...I dont know all about him, but I sure love watching his congressional hearings...

Proctologist Mon, 09/18/2017 - 22:55 Permalink

Q:" Where have you come from?"

A:"I have come from wandering to and fro across the earth, and inspecting my dominion thereof"

google journalists = ethical bankers

coast1 Mon, 09/18/2017 - 23:10 Permalink

I held on to windows xp as long as possible...Then when I went to windows 8 and 10, it sucked...seriously you all, you know this, they want to tell you want you want to read...they shove it down your throat...I had to learn how to bypass it all...THEY WILL TELL YOU WHAT YOU WILL READ AND NOT READ!...  Most of you know this, just sayin

ThePhantom Mon, 09/18/2017 - 23:51 Permalink

also, aliens are real. AI must already exist. i would never say this unless i was a whitness. i was tripping a low dose of shroom at .5 grams. but i have video so fuck you. and everybody knows shrooms increase your visual acuity.. i guess all those pilots and nuclear bunker guys were all telling truth..go figure. were in the dark for sure...there must be some big advancements from all the decades of black research.. the race is on. AI or die... what the fuck is going on here? and better yet ...what should we do? mushrooms religion? consciousness... or war? the inner world our mind reflects itself outwardly ... war inwardly means war outwardly... effort is not useful . effort is resistance to what is .is there a way to be without effort..without conflict, without desire. there is no WAY . it is not an achievement to be proud of. the greedy man can never free himself from greed in time, through effort, for all effort is born of desire and therefore an extension of greed . of will. humility is not a result of desire , its not an achievement. its all in our minds. the key. is consciousness like gravity? , pervasive... all knowing. are we like neurons to it? what is consciousness . what has meaning. how is one to act without creating further fragmentation. i wonder if we see the totality of the problem?.

SantaClaws Mon, 09/18/2017 - 23:39 Permalink

The CIA has been sponsoring (paying off) journalists for years in every newsroom.  Funny Google did this; I would have thought Amazon would have been the more logical choice given Amazon's existing hosting of the CIA's cloud services.

Chupacabra-322 ThePhantom Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:10 Permalink

"I'd say they're all linked."

And, they are. Started with seed money from In-Q-tel.

They're nothing more than a "Company Man" / front man for the

Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA.

Pure Evil Goolgle's front man is Criminal Schmitt.

FaceFuck's is Zuckerberg.

Amazon's is Bezos.

All "Company Men."

#Vault7
#UMBRAGE

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Yen Cross Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:15 Permalink

   Honestly!  GULAG search has sucked for almost three years. I switched to Duck Duck Go, around that time, and can't believe how much better DDG search results are. What's troubling, is the fact that GOOG could just gobble up DDG.  There's other good search engines, but DDG is definitely "top notch" for basic searches right now.

SillySalesmanQ… Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:16 Permalink

Google News Lab... that says it all.

"We brew (concoct) the news (propaganda) fresh, three times daily."
"Let's go to our Washington DC correspondent, $hillary Cunton. Shill, tell us What Happened...."