Google News Initiative Stories July 21

Google News Showcase launches in Austria today

Google launched a $1 billion licensing program in October 2020 to support publishers and surface card-based content across its platforms. Google News Showcase is now coming to Austria.

Google News Initiative Stories June 24

Google News Showcase is coming soon to Canada

Google unveiled a $1 billion licensing program in late 2020 to support publishers and surface card-based content across apps and experiences. Google News Showcase is next set to arrive in Canada.

Google News Initiative Stories October 14, 2020

The Google News Initiative has provided funding and grants to publications, as well as built tools to aid subscriptions and analytics. The latest effort is to provide reporters with a suite of tools, dubbed Journalist Studio, that leverage technology to simplify workflows.

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Google News Initiative Stories October 1, 2020

Back in June, Google announced that it would license content from news publishers for a new feature that would appear across its products. The company today unveiled “Google News Showcase” and a $1 billion investment.

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Google News Initiative Stories August 21, 2020

Back in June, Google announced that it would pay publishers for content as part of an upcoming feature in Google News and Discover. Google yesterday provided an update on the news licensing program, including priorities and who it’s working with.

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Google News Initiative Stories June 25, 2020

Google announced today that it will pay publishers for high-quality content. Licensed stories and articles will appear in a “new news experience launching later this year.”

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Google News Initiative Stories June 9, 2020

Google helping fund print, online ad campaign to ‘Support Local News’

COVID-19 has exacerbated many problems in society. Local journalism has seen a drop-off in advertising revenue and a lack of reporters to cover community-related pandemic developments. Google today is donating $15 million to run ads encouraging people to support local news.

Google News Initiative Stories May 28, 2020

Last month, Google launched a Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to “deliver urgent aid” for news publications in light of COVID-19 job losses, furloughs, and closures. The company today announced some of the 5,300 small and medium local newsrooms that will get funding.

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Google News Initiative Stories April 17, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 has had an impact on every type of business as millions are told to stay at home. In many cases, that means cutting jobs too. Today, Google has announced that it will be cutting fees for Ad Manager for the next few months to support publishers.

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Google News Initiative Stories April 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the decline in local news as job cuts and furloughs are on the rise. Google wants to help tackle this trend with a “Journalism Emergency Relief Fund” for small to medium-sized publications. expand full story

Google News Initiative Stories December 5, 2019

Google’s Analytics newsroom dashboard integrates Google Trends topics

Back in March, Google released a useful Analytics-powered dashboard for newsrooms. Great on large screens, Realtime Content Insights (RCI) is now integrating trending topics from Google Trends.

Google News Initiative Stories November 19, 2019

Since 2016, Google Assistant has let you ask for and hear the news. Users previously had to manually curate publications and sources, but a new “Your News Update” feature handles that work for you.

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Google News Initiative Stories July 18, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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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Google News Initiative Stories September 12, 2018

Earlier this year, Google launched a $300 million company-wide effort to support journalism by adding features throughout various products. Today, the Google News Initiative is offering 200,000 free G Suite licenses for local to medium-sized news organizations.

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Google News Initiative Stories July 31, 2018

Google Search results can now display tables from data journalism articles

With the Google News Initiative announced earlier this year, the company is working to support journalism with features throughout News, YouTube, and of course Search. A new feature today for the latter product will display data tables right at the top of result pages.

Google News Initiative Stories May 23, 2018

Google Trends updated w/ simpler design, infographics, & focus on curated data stories

As the name implies, Google Trends is a very useful service for finding what’s popular among users of the Search engine and generating historic term comparisons. Google is today introducing a new design that adds more data features for finding what’s trending, as well as a new focus on editorial content.

Google News Initiative Stories March 20, 2018

Google’s relationship with the news industry was occasionally contentious due to policies like “first click free” that could circumvent paywalls. However, in recent months, the company has deescalated some of those hostiles, with Google today unveiling a $300 million News Initiative to help the industry on a number of fronts.

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