Funke named Google News Lab Fellow

Daniel Funke, a senior journalism student at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, has been named a Google News Lab Fellow.

The Google News Lab Fellowship offers journalism students from around the country the opportunity to apply for one of eight summer work experiences at premier journalism organizations including Nieman Journalism Lab, Pew Research Center and ProPublica. More than 1,800 applications were received for the eight fellowships this summer.

“I’m excited to be part of a program that I’ve admired since I started college and I can’t wait to keep learning about how technology can help solve some of journalism’s most pressing problems,” Funke, a native of Alpharetta, Georgia, said. “The media industry is at a crossroads, and I can’t think of two organizations that are better suited to tackle the future of news. Having the opportunity to report on the media alongside some of the industry’s brightest minds is an honor.”

Funke has been assigned to the Poynter Institute where he will be a contributor to Poynter Online through publishing video, data and interactive storytelling techniques. He will contribute to Poynter’s conversations about the future of journalism, as well as to their social media presence. The summer program begins with a short course with the other fellows at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, to learn more about the News Lab.

Funke is double majoring in journalism and international affairs, minoring in Spanish and earning a certificate in New Media. During this time at Grady College, he has served as the editor-in-chief of the Red and Black and was a Cox Innovation Fellow with the Cox Institute for Journalism Management, Leadership and Innovation where he created a podcast, “The Lead.” He studied business journalism in New York as a Cox Fellow with the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and was a McGill Fellow. His previous internships have included experiences at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today College and The Los Angeles Times.

Keith Hendon, journalism professor and director of the Cox Institute, has worked closely with Funke through his Cox fellowship and involvement with the Mobile News Lab.

“Daniel has demonstrated what it means for a journalism student to study innovation in this field,” Herndon said. “He is eager to explore new models for creating and distributing news. This national recognition is well deserved and a testament to his work ethic and willingness to continually try new things.”

In addition to the fellowship, Google News Lab has also created a university training network affiliated with universities from around the globe, including the Cox Institute at Grady College. The university network shares resources and best practices for training with Google’s extensive set of tools for journalists and news organizations.

Cox Institute joins the Google News Lab University Network

The James M. Cox Jr. Institute for Journalism Innovation, Management and Leadership has joined a new university training network established by the Google News Lab.

The Cox Institute, a training and industry outreach unit of the Grady College’s Department of Journalism, will affiliate with an initial group of 46 universities from around the globe to form a collaborative forum for sharing resources and best practices on training with Google’s extensive set of tools for journalists and news organizations.

“The Google News Lab has become an important resource for news professionals plying their craft in the digital age. To have access to proprietary tools and resources for training Grady journalism students and faculty is an exceptional opportunity,” said Keith Herndon, director of the Cox Institute. “Becoming an affiliate of this network will add significant new resources and greatly expand our training agenda.”

Google News Lab said its new university network will promote knowledge sharing among its member schools and will feature exclusive training through both in-person and remote sessions. Also, members of the network will collaborate with Google News Lab on white papers and will provide feedback on Google products, project ideas and training curriculum.

“Journalism schools around the world are shaping the future of media by training the next generation of journalists in their classrooms,” wrote Nicholas Whitaker, a training and development manager at Google News Lab, in a blog post announcing the network. “At the News Lab, we believe Google’s tools like Google Search, Google Trends, Google Maps, Google Earth, and others can play a unique role in helping provide the skills necessary for these students to succeed in the newsrooms of tomorrow.”

The network will allow its members to use relationships the Google News Lab already has established with professional organizations such as the Society of Professionals Journalists. The Cox Institute will collaborate with SPJ to hold its first on-campus training session as part of the network on February 15, 2017.

For a complete list of the colleges and universities participating in the network’s initial cohort, please see the Google News Lab’s blog post: