Google in the Newsroom

If you think newspapers and media are biased now, wait til you see what Google has planned.

Google is already so rife with liberal bias itself, it’s ridiculous. However, they don’t think you are liberal enough so they are going to make you as liberal as they can.

How? Their plan is to place 1,000 “journalists” in local newsrooms in the next five years.

Kristen Hare from the Poynter Institute explains:

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, said co-founder Charles Sennott, founder and CEO of the GroundTruth Project. But at its most fundamental, local journalism is about protecting democracy, 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.

Sennott and Steven Waldman co-founded RFA, which comes from a partnership between Google News Labs and the Groundtruth Project. RFA also gets support, and its reporters will get training, from the Center for Investigative Journalism, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, the Solutions Journalism network and the Knight Foundation (which funds my job covering local news at Poynter. Poynter also gets funding from Lenfest and Google News Labs).

This will give Google an amazing role in what Americans get as news.

There’s a reason why newspapers are in decline and this is just more of the same medicine.

With jobs tight in newspapers, how are the older reporters going to feel about younger, cheaper people flooding their market? You can imagine there will be resentment, plus labor problems. Most newspapers already have interns, but for a limited time. This makes them permanent.

But, perhaps I am wrong. Perhaps they will embrace it. After all, subverting America is waaaay more important than a few little jobs, eh?

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