Google News Initiative Newsroom Leadership Program 2022 for Indians

Google News Initiative Newsroom Leadership Program 2022 for Indians

Deadline: December 20, 2021

Applications are open for the Google News Initiative Newsroom Leadership Program 2022. This virtual program aims to enhance the leadership skills and nimble decision-making capacity of newsroom leaders working and living in India, with particular focus on applied technology, audience-centric behaviors, design thinking, data applications, emerging business models and editorial innovation.

Fellows will gain skills and knowledge to make better strategic decisions for their newsrooms and audiences. Each Fellow will also work on a specific project during the year that is relevant to their newsroom within the main fellowship topics: technology, monetization and data. Each fellow’s work should further diversity within newsroom leadership in India, including though not limited to age, caste, gender, gender identities, religion, abilities, geographic location, and sexual orientation.

 The program emphasizes:

  • Building a practical understanding of how news companies around the world —large and small, legacy and start-up—actually operate as businesses, and how technology has revolutionized what it means to be a publisher.
  • Developing a framework for evaluating the costs and benefits of introducing technology-driven changes into the workflows and resourcing of units, and how to present a plan for change to managers and direct reports.
  • Leveraging data and the latest technology to create compelling content and understand audiences, while thinking about publishing products when putting together the complete reporting package. 


  • Successful applicants are mid-career newsroom leaders working full-time in editorial positions at news organizations in India. These leaders are furthering diversity, equity and inclusion within their news organizations, and they have been endorsed by their employers.
  • The program is academically rigorous, requiring day-long lectures and speakers, reading and written assignments conducted in English, with no translation. Fluency in English is necessary.


The application requires:

  • A complete CV;
  • One personal goals essay;
  • One letter of recommendation from a current colleague or manager who can speak to the applicant’s current role, professional achievements and capabilities;
  • A letter of endorsement from the applicant’s employer, attesting to allowing paid leave for the applicant to participate in the virtual residency and other components of the program and endorsement of the individual project area/ issue that the applicant will work on for the duration of the fellowship;
  • Articulation of the individual project area/issue that they want to focus on during the program term.

All application materials must be submitted by 11:59pm ET, December 20, 2021.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Google News Initiative.