Google News Initiative Stories July 18

Google’s local news Compass Experiment will kick off in Youngstown, Ohio

Earlier this year, Google announced a project to help revive local news in areas around the United States. Today, Google has officially announced that Youngstown, Ohio, will be the first city to benefit from that local news project this fall.

Google News Initiative Stories March 26

Last week, the Google News Initiative celebrated its first anniversary with new fact checking and expanded subscription tools, as well as an analytics dashboard. Google’s latest effort to help journalism is by directly funding local news websites with the Local Experiments Project.

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Google News Initiative Stories March 25

Last week, Google marked the one year anniversary of its Google News Initiative aimed at supporting publications with new technology and funding. The company today announced new analytics tools to help news organizations make better use of incoming data.

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Google News Initiative Stories March 20

The Google News Initiative launched in 2018 to tackle “fake news” and create products that support journalists and the broader industry. One year later, Google is providing an update on its progress, and announcing new tools to fact check content.

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Google News Initiative Stories January 31

Speech synthesis technology has advanced a great deal in recent years, with neural networks from DeepMind doing an especially good job of creating realistic, human-like voices. Like with any technology, it can be abused and Google is working to advance state-of-the-art research on fake audio detection.

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Google News Initiative Stories January 14

While local media might not get as much coverage as the national press, it serves an equally important role in society. That’s why the decline of local newsrooms in the U.S. has been a troublesome trend in recent years. The Google News Initiative is now partnering with WordPress to invest $1.2 million in creating a “fast, secure, low-cost publishing system tailor-made to the needs of small newsrooms” called Newspack.

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