Today, Google confirmed that they have awarded The Ferret €50,000 to kick-start a fact-checking project based in Scotland.
A full list of the 124 projects across Europe that won funding is available here.
Announcing the award, a Google spokesperson said: "We received more than 850 project submissions from 25 countries, and of the 124 projects funded today, 43 are committed to the spirit of collaboration and partnership. And among the 30 Large projects selected for funding, 15 are collaborative.
“We see this collaboration–across countries, across newsrooms and across specialties–as an amazing display of the intent to energise the European news ecosystem with new ideas, new technologies and more.”
The Ferret will set-up a dedicated microsite to support the project, and the grant will help us to increase the volume and range of content we currently publish.
@rob Edwards Chair of The Ferret said: "The Ferret, Scotland’s investigative journalism cooperative, is delighted to have been awarded €50,000 funding from Google’s digital news initiative.
"We will use the money to launch a fact checking service that will challenge misinformation and expose the truth behind the big stories. Ferret Fact Check will be a new and distinct project, in line with Google’s application criteria, that will augment our growing reputation as a transparent, independent and reader-owned platform for multi-media stories that hold power to account.
“We will announce further details soon.”