Press release

Gruner + Jahr joins Google DNI, develops new technology for news app

Hamburg, 10 August 2016 – Gruner + Jahr has joined Google’s Digital News Initiative (DNI), which was established to promote innovative digital journalism projects. The initiative has also pledged a six-figure sum in support of a project by the Hamburg publishing house: the development of a news application centered around a new technology for content curation. Gruner + Jahr will continue to develop the app and the underlying technology in-house – with funds including Google’s support. The publishing house expects to release the app sometime next year.

“It’s not enough to just think about new approaches in digital journalism – they have to be tried out. We do this at G+J. For instance, we are currently testing how the latest technology can be combined with journalistic creativity for the purposes of our increasingly mobile readers. We’re very pleased that this approach has won over the recognized technology experts at Google as well,” says Arne Wolter, Chief Digital Officer Gruner + Jahr.

As part of its DNI, Google has earmarked 150 million euros in funds for supporting innovative journalism projects. Media companies can apply for a grant with their projects. A jury of media experts decides on the allocation. Projects by, NZZ, of Spectrm, Tagesspiegel and Wirtschaftswoche are among those already receiving support. DNI members in Germany include the Bauer Media Group, DER SPIEGEL, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Die Zeit.


Ann-Catrin Boll
Press Officer G+J Digital
Gruner + Jahr GmbH & Co KG
Corporate Communications
D-20459 Hamburg
Phone +49 (0) 40 / 37 03 – 3196