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News Showcase is launching in Slovakia

Journalists have long been committed to providing reliable information to people when they need it, with the last few weeks proving this more than ever. With products like Search and News, Google is committed to helping people find reliable and relevant information.

Today we're going further in our support for journalism in Slovakia by rolling out Google News Showcase, our product and licensing program for news publishers.

Google has signed partnerships with six Slovak publications including national news outlets, a television broadcaster and a press agency, which provide essential news coverage to people all over the country. The titles included in the News Showcase launch in Slovakia are Nový čas, Denník N, SME, TA3, Topky and Webnoviny. We’ll continue to work with other news partners in the country to add additional resources in the future. News Showcase is part of our global investment in news and reinforces our commitment to journalism in Slovakia and around the world.

This GIF shows examples of News Showcase panels from publishers in Slovakia as they scroll through Google News. Publishers appearing include Nový čas, Denník N, SME, TA3, Topky and Webnoviny.

An example of how News Showcase can look for some of our partners in Slovakia

News Showcase panels can appear on Google products, currently on News and Discover, and direct readers to the full articles on publishers’ websites, helping them deepen their relationships with readers. Panels will also include extended access to paywalled content from select participating publishers to give readers even more from their favorite sources, with the intention of leading to more subscribers for the news organization. In addition to the revenue that comes directly from these more-engaged readers, participating publishers will receive monthly licensing payments from Google.

“At SME, we realize that only high-quality and independent journalism will gain long-term support from subscribers,” says Peter Macinga, Chief Digital Officer of Petit Press, the publisher of SME and of other national and regional news titles in Slovakia. “We appreciate our partnership with Google on News Showcase, which will make our premium content available to an even larger audience.”

“Dennik N only exists thanks to the support of our subscribers, and we are therefore always looking for ways to provide them with faster and more convenient access to information,” says Lukas Fila, CEO of N Press, the first Slovak national publisher that made a move to derive the majority of their revenue from subscriptions. “Google News Showcase is a new way for our interviews, investigative journalism and analyses to reach readers. With the free access to some of our normally paywalled content, brand new audiences will be able to try out access to our paid articles.”

Since we launched News Showcase in October 2020, we’ve signed deals with more than 1,400 news publications around the world and have launched in 15 countries including India, Japan, Germany, Portugal, Brazil, Austria, the U.K., Australia, Czechia, Italy, Colombia, Argentina, Canada, Ireland and now Slovakia, bringing more in-depth, essential news coverage to Google News and Discover users.

This image shows examples of how some publishers in Slovakia will appear using News Showcase panels

An example of how News Showcase panels will look with some of our partners in Slovakia

“As one of the longest established media companies in Slovakia, we are glad to be among the first to participate in this Google project,” says Samuel Schlarmann, Digital Media director of news agency SITA, a national news outlet. “We are glad that we can develop our journalistic, analytical and digital skills in this direction. We see our partnership in Google News Showcase as an opportunity to bring our work closer to new readers, and we firmly believe that we will enrich the Google platform with quality content.”

Google News Showcase is our latest effort to support publishers and the news industry in Slovakia. We supported 12 local Slovak newsrooms through the Google News Initiative’s Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to help them continue their vital work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and provided 1.5 million euros to support six Digital News Innovation Fund experimental news projects, from titles such as SME, Denník N, Postoj and Vot. Around the world, the Google News Initiative has supported more than 7,000 news partners in over 120 countries and territories. Since 2015, the Google News Lab has trained more than 300 Slovak journalists, newsroom staff and journalism students on a range of digital tools to help them research, verify and visualize their stories.

Google also sends eight billion visits each month to European news websites from products like Search and News, which publishers can monetize with online advertising and subscriptions on their websites and apps. Our ad technologies enable news organizations to sell their ad space to millions of advertisers globally.

We’re dedicated to continuing our contribution to and collaboration with the news ecosystem, supporting the open web and continuing to provide access to information in Slovakia and elsewhere.

Verifica los hechos con estas funciones de Google

En estos días, se siente como si la información viniera hacia nosotros desde todas las direcciones. Es probable que te haya pasado antes: escuchaste brevemente una transmisión de noticias, te encontraste con un meme viral o una foto en las redes sociales, has recibido una alerta en el teléfono o un miembro de tu familia te ha enviado un mensaje en un chat grupal, y es posible que sientas que no tienes toda la información sobre la historia.

La amplia disponibilidad de información, desde todo tipo de fuentes, es ideal para aprender nuevos hechos y perspectivas de todo el mundo. Pero también puede dificultar la tarea de determinar qué información es creíble y cuál no.

A principios de esta semana, Sundar anunció que Google está invirtiendo 10 millones de dólares para ayudar a combatir la desinformación sobre las realidades y los hechos de la guerra en Ucrania. Esto incluye nuevas asociaciones con grupos de estudio y organizaciones de la sociedad civil para llevar a cabo investigaciones específicas de la región sobre desinformación y apoyos en efectivo para dar soporte a organizaciones sin fines de lucro y redes de verificación de hechos.

El Día internacional de la verificación de hechos (2 de abril) es un buen recordatorio sobre el valor esencial de la verificación en este complicado panorama de información. Para hacer esto de manera eficiente, es útil tener herramientas fáciles de usar para verificar las fuentes, obtener un contexto valioso y evaluar la información. Estas son cuatro formas en las que puedes usar Google para ayudarte:

Consejos para evaluar la información, directamente en la Búsqueda

A veces, cuando las noticias son recientes o un nuevo tema es tendencia, la información que estás buscando aún no está ampliamente disponible. En estos momentos, la Búsqueda muestra automáticamente un aviso en los resultados de búsqueda que indica que puede tomar tiempo para que una serie de fuentes publiquen información sobre un tema. Estos avisos están disponibles actualmente en más de 20 idiomas alrededor del mundo.

A partir de hoy, en las búsquedas en inglés en los Estados Unidos, estos avisos también incluirán consejos para ayudarte a evaluar la información en línea, recordándote que puedes verificar si una fuente es confiable o no sobre un tema o volver más tarde cuando haya más información disponible.

También puedes consultar nuestra nueva página de recursos con indicadores para ayudarte a navegar por la información que encuentras en línea, con base en la investigación de expertos en alfabetización informativa. Aquí, puedes encontrar recordatorios útiles para cuando encuentres nueva información, como buscar sobre el autor de un contenido para tener una idea de su credibilidad, o verificar la fecha de publicación para asegurarte de que sigue siendo relevante.

Este GIF muestra un ejemplo de cómo aparecerán los nuevos tips de alfabetización informativa para las historias que evolucionan rápidamente. Para la búsqueda “OVNI filmado por un piloto de avión”, el GIF muestra una notificación para indicar que el resultado está cambiando rápidamente, así como un consejo de alfabetización informativa sugiriendo que verifiques la fuente y que regresas más tarde para ver si hay más información disponible.

Un ejemplo de los nuevos consejos y notificaciones sobre alfabetización informativa para las historias que evolucionan rápidamente

Una nueva etiqueta para las fuentes ampliamente citadas

Una organización de noticias local revela una historia de investigación que indaga sobre los problemas en el distrito escolar local. La historia es tan grande que es citada por muchos otros medios de comunicación. Pero, ¿y si no viste esa historia original, que tenía un contexto único para los residentes locales? Estamos presentando una forma de ayudarte a identificar historias que han sido citadas con frecuencia por otras organizaciones de noticias, dándote una manera sencilla de encontrar la información más útil o relevante para una noticia.

Esta etiqueta aparecerá para las historias principales. Podrás encontrarla en cualquier formato de contenido, desde un artículo de investigación, una entrevista, declaración, un comunicado de prensa o una noticia local, siempre y cuando otros editores indiquen su relevancia al enlazarla en su pieza de contenido. Estamos particularmente entusiasmados con destacar la información original, haciendo que sea aún más fácil para las personas descubrir e interactuar con los editores y los periodistas cuyo trabajo aporte un valor único a la historia.

La etiqueta para el contenido ampliamente citado se lanzará pronto en dispositivos móviles en inglés para los Estados Unidos y estará disponible a nivel mundial en las próximas semanas.

Este GIF muestra un ejemplo de cómo puede aparecer la etiqueta de “ampliamente citado” en las historias principales. Muestra una historia sobre la Major League Baseball del Tampa Bay Times con la etiqueta, con historias de ESPN y otras organizaciones de noticias en la parte inferior.

Un ejemplo de cómo pudiera aparecer la función de “ampliamente citado” en las historias principales.

Verificación de datos por parte de organizaciones independientes de verificación de hechos

Las funciones de verificación de hechos en Google son otra forma de encontrar fácilmente información que ha sido verificada por organizaciones independientes de verificación de hechos. Cuando buscas un tema que puede ser disputado, es posible que veas artículos de verificación de hechos en tus resultados. Estos resultados muestran fragmentos para ayudarte a obtener contexto acerca de una afirmación. Además, cuando navegas por Google Noticias en el escritorio, puedes ver las afirmaciones recientemente verificadas por los editores independientes en tu región, cuando se relacionan con las principales historias del día.

¿Busca verificar un tema o historia específica de la que escuchaste hablar? El Fact Check Explorer de Google te permite buscar diferentes temas sobre los que tienes preguntas. Esta herramienta recopila más de 150.000 verificaciones de hechos de editores de renombre alrededor del mundo.

Este GIF muestra un ejemplo de una búsqueda que puedes hacer en Fact Check Explorer. En este ejemplo, una persona busca la frase “bird fire” (ave de fuego) y obtiene resultados con verificación de hechos para esa afirmación.

Un ejemplo de una búsqueda que puedes hacer en Fact Check Explorer

Obtén más información sobre cualquier página en línea

A todos nos ha pasado esto antes: estás buscando en línea y te encuentras con una historia de un sitio web del que no habías oído antes. En estas situaciones, es útil verificar la fuente; por ejemplo, si estás buscando información sobre una nueva opción de inversión popular, debes asegurarte de seguir los consejos de una fuente con experiencia en finanzas. Es fácil verificar la fuente directamente en la Búsqueda, con “Acerca de este resultado.”

Este GIF muestra un ejemplo de cómo puedes usar “Acerca de este resultado” para saber más sobre una fuente o tema. Muestra a una persona haciendo clic en el panel “Acerca de este resultado” en el resultados de una búsqueda sobre inversión en NFTs, y muestra información acerca de la fuente del resultados e información de otras fuentes sobre el tema.

Un ejemplo de cómo puedes usar “Acerca de este resultado” para saber más sobre la fuente y el tema.

Cuando toques los tres puntos de cualquier resultado de búsqueda, haz clic en el enlace "Más información sobre esta página" para:

  • Conocer más sobre la fuente para tener una idea de cómo se describen a sí mismos, en sus propias palabras
  • Aprender lo que otros en la web han dicho sobre un sitio, para obtener una segunda mirada
  • Conocer el contexto adicional sobre el tema, como la cobertura de noticias más importante, para ver lo que una variedad de fuentes tienen que decir.

Estas funciones estarán disponibles muy pronto para todas las búsquedas en inglés en todo el mundo.

Apoyando a los verificadores de hechos en el mundo

También estamos apoyando una serie de nuevos esfuerzos para reforzar la verificación de hechos a nivel mundial a través de Google News Initiative. Nos estamos asociando con la Red Internacional de Verificación de Hechos (IFCN) en el Instituto Poynter sin fines de lucro para proporcionar capacitación y recursos a verificadores de hechos y expertos de la industria alrededor del mundo. El IFCN establecerá un programa para fomentar la colaboración en temas emergentes, apoyar a los verificadores de hechos contra el acoso y organizar una serie de talleres sobre herramientas y técnicas digitales. También se brindará apoyo para ayudar a los participantes de comunidades subrepresentadas a asistir al evento "Global Fact 9" que se celebrará en Oslo a finales de este año.

Además, nos asociamos con una serie de otras organizaciones de verificación de hechos:

  • Chequeado y Maldita en los Estados Unidos para ayudar a lanzar FactChequeado, una iniciativa para identificar nuevas formas de combatir la desinformación en las comunidades latinas en este país.
  • LatamChequea en América Latina para capacitar a 500 nuevos verificadores de hechos en Argentina, Colombia, México y Perú.
  • Comprova, en Brasil, la mayor coalición de verificación de hechos en el país que se centra en las elecciones presidenciales
  • Agence-France Presse para crear “Objectif désinfox”, una coalición de más de 20 redacciones comprometidas con la verificación de hechos colaborativa de la campaña presidencial francesa de abril de 2022.
  • Australian Associated Press (AAP) traducirá verificaciones de hechos a 40 publicaciones cultural y lingüísticamente diversas.
  • #FactsFirstPH, una coalición de más de 100 grupos diferentes en Filipinas para desmentir la desinformación antes de las elecciones de mayo en el país.

Estamos comprometidos a ayudar a las personas a detectar información errónea en línea y apoyar el ecosistema de verificación de hechos a largo plazo y esperamos que los anuncios y consejos de hoy permitan a las personas sentirse más seguras al explorar la información en línea.

Para obtener más consejos y mejores prácticas, consulta los recursos reunidos por la Red Internacional de Verificación de Hechos en factcheckingday.com. Y si eres periodista, echa un vistazo al Centro de Formación de GNI.

Check the facts with these Google features

These days, it can feel like information is coming at us from every direction. It’s probably happened to you before: You caught a few minutes of a news broadcast, came across a viral meme or photo on social media, got a push alert or a family member messaged you in a group chat — and you may not feel like you got the whole story.

The widespread availability of information – from all different kinds of sources – is great for learning new facts and perspectives from around the world. But it can also make it difficult to sort out what information is credible and what isn’t.

Earlier this week, Sundar announced Google is investing $10 million to help fight misinformation about the realities and facts of the war in Ukraine. This includes new partnerships with think tanks and civil society organizations to conduct region-specific research into misinformation and disinformation and cash grants to support fact-checking networks and nonprofits.

International Fact-Checking Day on April 2 is a good reminder of the essential value of fact checking in this complicated information landscape. To do this efficiently, it’s helpful to have easy-to-use tools to check sources, get valuable context, and evaluate information. Here are four ways you can use Google to help:

Tips for evaluating information, right on Search

Sometimes when news is breaking or a new topic is trending, the information you're searching for isn't broadly available yet. In these moments, Search automatically shows a notice on your search results indicating that it can take time for a range of sources to publish information on a topic. These notices are currently available in more than 20 languages around the world.

Starting today, on searches in English in the U.S., these notices will also include tips to help you evaluate information online – reminding you that you can check whether a source is trusted on a topic, or come back later when there’s more information available. You can also check out our new resource page with pointers to help you navigate the information you’re finding online, based on research from information literacy experts. Here, you can find helpful reminders for when you come across new information, like searching about the author of a piece of content to get a sense of their credibility, or checking the publication date to make sure it’s still relevant.

This GIF shows an example of how the new information literacy tips will appear on notices for rapidly evolving topics. For the query “UFO filmed by airline pilot,” the GIF shows a notice that results are changing quickly and information literacy tips suggesting that you can check the source or come back later when more information is available.

An example of new information literacy tips on notices for rapidly evolving situations.

A new label for highly cited sources

Let’s say a local news organization breaks an investigative story looking into problems at your local school district. The story is so big that it gets picked up by numerous other media outlets. But what if you didn’t see that original story, which had unique context for local residents? We’re introducing a way to help you identify stories that have been frequently cited by other news organizations, giving you a simple way to find the most helpful or relevant information for a news story.

This label will appear on Top Stories. You will be able to find it on anything from an investigative article, to an interview, an announcement, a press release or a local news story, as long as other publishers indicate its relevance by linking to it. We’re particularly interested in the potential to elevate original reporting, making it even easier for people to discover and engage with the publishers and journalists whose work brings unique value to a story.

The highly cited label is launching soon on mobile in English for the U.S. and will roll out globally in the coming weeks.

This GIF shows an example of how the new “highly cited” label can appear in Top Stories. It shows a story about Major League Baseball from the Tampa Bay Times with the label, with stories from ESPN and other news organizations below.

An example of how the “highly cited” feature could appear in Top Stories

Fact checks from independent fact-checking organizations

Fact check features on Google are another way to easily find information that has been verified by independent fact-checking organizations. When you search for a topic that may be disputed, you might see fact-check articles in your results. These results display snippets to help you get context about a claim that was made. Additionally, when you browse Google News on desktop, you can see recently fact-checked claims from independent publishers in your region, when related to the top stories of the day.

Looking to fact check a specific topic or story you heard about? Google’s Fact Check Explorer lets you search different topics you have questions about. This tool collects more than 150,000 fact checks from reputable publishers from around the world.

This GIF shows an example of a search you can do in Fact Check Explorer. In this example a person searches for the phrase “bird fire” and gets results fact checking that claim.

An example of a search you can do in Fact Check Explorer.

Learn more about any page online

We’ve all had this happen before: You’re looking online and come across a story from a website you haven’t heard of before. In these situations, it’s helpful to check the source – for example, if you’re looking for information about a popular new investment option, you want to make sure you follow advice from a source with expertise on finance. It’s easy to check the source right on Search, with About This Result.

This GIF shows an example of how you can use About This Result to learn more about a source and topic. It shows a person clicking on the About This Result panel for a result on a search about investing in NFTs, and shows information about the source of the result and information from other sources about the topic.

An example of how you can use About This Result to learn more about a source and topic.

When you tap the three dots on any search result, click the “more about this page” link to:

  • Learn about the source to get a sense of how they describe themselves, in their own words
  • Learn what others on the web have said about a site, to get a second look
  • Learn additional context about the topic, like top news coverage, to see what a range of sources have to say.

These features will be available soon for all English-language searches worldwide.

Supporting fact checkers globally

We are also supporting a number of new efforts to bolster fact checking globally through the Google News Initiative. We are partnering with the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) at the nonprofit Poynter Institute to provide training and resources to fact-checkers and industry experts around the world. The IFCN will establish a program to foster collaboration on emerging topics, support fact-checkers against harassment and host a series of workshops on digital tools and techniques. Support will also be given to help participants from underrepresented communities attend the Global Fact 9 event being held in Oslo later this year.

Additionally, we are partnering with a number of other fact-check organizations:

  • Chequeado and Maldita in the United States to help launch FactChequeado, an initiative to identify new ways to fight misinformation in Latino communities.
  • LatamChequea in Latin America to train 500 new fact-checkers in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
  • Comprova, in Brazil, the largest fact-checking coalition in the country that are focused on the presidential elections
  • Agence-France Presse to create “Objectif désinfox,” a coalition of more than 20 newsrooms engaged in collaborative fact-checking the April 2022 French Presidential campaign.
  • Australian Associated Press (AAP) to translate fact checks to 40 culturally and linguistically diverse publications.
  • #FactsFirstPH, a coalition of more than 100 different groups in the Philippines to debunk disinformation ahead of the country’s May election.

We’re committed to helping people spot misinformation online and to supporting the fact-checking ecosystem for the long term and hope today’s announcements and tips help people feel more confident about navigating information online.

For more tips and best practices, check out the resources put together by the International Fact-Checking Network at factcheckingday.com. And if you’re a journalist, check out the GNI Training Center.

Empathy and trust: How 3 women influence Google products

This Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating Googlers who contribute to products and features that people rely on each day. Last week we heard from women working on our crisis hotlines and Street View. Today, we hear from three more Googlers about how they build products — like Maps, Google Assistant and Google News — with safety, empathy and collaboration in mind.

Making the internet safer for women

What do you love most about building at Google?

Few companies in the world have the level of impact that Google does. When I tell people I work on Google Maps, they tell me how much they love Maps and how it’s a part of their everyday life. That’s the best part of doing this job!

What is the best career advice another woman has given you?

I had a lot of self-doubt and uncertainty about returning to work after my daughter was born. During that period, my mother encouraged me to think beyond the initial anxiety and adapt to my new way of life as a working mother. Her simple advice was to take a long-term view of my life and happiness and make decisions based on that.

Why is it important to moderate things like reviews on Google Maps?

Women-owned businesses often face threats of trolling, shaming and digital sabotage through fake reviews and other malicious practices. To make Google Maps universally safe and trusted — especially for women — we must constantly invest in fighting abuse and misinformation.

Bringing empathy to technology

What’s early career advice you’ve gotten from another woman?

When women don’t meet every qualification on a job description, they often assume they’re not qualified for the job. A friend gave me the advice to believe in my capabilities and tell the story of what made me qualified in the moment, instead of assuming that I needed to do more or be more. It’s a mindset shift that’s allowed me to stretch and grow in unexpected ways.

When you create experiences with this in mind, it keeps you focused on being of service to people as opposed to being of service to goals or ideas.

Your work focuses on making the Assistant more empathetic. Why is empathy an important part of the user experience?

Empathy is an important part of the human experience. We need each other, and we all want to feel understood and cared for. When you create experiences with this in mind, it keeps you focused on being of service to people as opposed to being of service to goals or ideas.

Other than Google Assistant, what’s your favorite Google product or feature?

I’d be lost without Maps.

Collaborating across perspectives

How have your experiences impacted the way you build products?

Before joining Google, I’ve felt at times that my voice wasn’t heard; this led me to approach my current role with empathy and curiosity. I have a strong desire to deeply understand and incorporate a wide array of perspectives — from considering the needs of people using Google News to collaborating with others internally to create different ways to deliver essential news through the app. I believe this helps us build more inclusive experiences for people with a wide range of circumstances and needs.

Making sure everyone has equal access to this essential information empowers everyone, including women, and fuels a well-functioning society.

Why is it important for women to access quality news and information?

Everyone needs to be able to access reliable and authoritative news to make informed decisions, engage in their local community, have conversations with friends and family, and stay safe. Making sure everyone has equal access to this essential information empowers everyone, including women, and fuels a well-functioning society.

Empathy and trust: How 3 women influence Google products

This Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating Googlers who contribute to products and features that people rely on each day. Last week we heard from women working on our crisis hotlines and Street View. Today, we hear from three more Googlers about how they build products — like Maps, Google Assistant and Google News — with safety, empathy and collaboration in mind.

Making the internet safer for women

What do you love most about building at Google?

Few companies in the world have the level of impact that Google does. When I tell people I work on Google Maps, they tell me how much they love Maps and how it’s a part of their everyday life. That’s the best part of doing this job!

What is the best career advice another woman has given you?

I had a lot of self-doubt and uncertainty about returning to work after my daughter was born. During that period, my mother encouraged me to think beyond the initial anxiety and adapt to my new way of life as a working mother. Her simple advice was to take a long-term view of my life and happiness and make decisions based on that.

Why is it important to moderate things like reviews on Google Maps?

Women-owned businesses often face threats of trolling, shaming and digital sabotage through fake reviews and other malicious practices. To make Google Maps universally safe and trusted — especially for women — we must constantly invest in fighting abuse and misinformation.

Bringing empathy to technology

What’s early career advice you’ve gotten from another woman?

When women don’t meet every qualification on a job description, they often assume they’re not qualified for the job. A friend gave me the advice to believe in my capabilities and tell the story of what made me qualified in the moment, instead of assuming that I needed to do more or be more. It’s a mindset shift that’s allowed me to stretch and grow in unexpected ways.

When you create experiences with this in mind, it keeps you focused on being of service to people as opposed to being of service to goals or ideas.

Your work focuses on making the Assistant more empathetic. Why is empathy an important part of the user experience?

Empathy is an important part of the human experience. We need each other, and we all want to feel understood and cared for. When you create experiences with this in mind, it keeps you focused on being of service to people as opposed to being of service to goals or ideas.

Other than Google Assistant, what’s your favorite Google product or feature?

I’d be lost without Maps.

Collaborating across perspectives

How have your experiences impacted the way you build products?

Before joining Google, I’ve felt at times that my voice wasn’t heard; this led me to approach my current role with empathy and curiosity. I have a strong desire to deeply understand and incorporate a wide array of perspectives — from considering the needs of people using Google News to collaborating with others internally to create different ways to deliver essential news through the app. I believe this helps us build more inclusive experiences for people with a wide range of circumstances and needs.

Making sure everyone has equal access to this essential information empowers everyone, including women, and fuels a well-functioning society.

Why is it important for women to access quality news and information?

Everyone needs to be able to access reliable and authoritative news to make informed decisions, engage in their local community, have conversations with friends and family, and stay safe. Making sure everyone has equal access to this essential information empowers everyone, including women, and fuels a well-functioning society.

Seeking news innovators in the Middle East, Turkey & Africa

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From Kenya to Lebanon, innovation lies at the heart of the many news organizations across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa where we are today inviting applications for the Innovation Challenges program.

As part of our ongoing commitment to support the news industry around the world, we are launching our third Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge in the region. Funding up to $150,000 is available via this open call for any digital innovative project and all news providers are eligible, regardless of size.

The program has been running in the region since 2019 and the first two rounds saw 43 projects selected from 18 countries. Those recipients answered a call for projects which would increase reader engagement and/or explore new business models. The ideas ranged from novel membership strategies to Arabic language search tools.

Successful past recipients include those featured in the videos on this blogpost as well as:

  • Eco-Nai+ from Ripples in Nigeria is the first digital geojournalism platform for the country. Geojournalism is a form of data journalism which takes information from users, authoritative sources such as Google Earth, meteorological agencies and others, to cover issues tied to the question of climate change.
  • Diaspora par TelQuel from TelQuel Digital in Morocco is a diaspora subscription platform for Morrocans of the world, publishing original content, practical guides, and history articles for audiences viewing abroad: mainly France (35%), Canada (9%) and Belgium (8%).
  • My Town, My News from ynet in Israel is a newsroom tool which helps journalists create multiple hyperlocal stories individualized to specific locations across the country to provide statistical information such as COVID-19 rates or vaccination figures.

You can find out more about all the previous recipients on the website.

How to apply

Applications are open from now until Tuesday, April 5 2022. Established publishers, online-only players, news startups, publisher consortia, freelancers, press agencies, broadcasters and local industry associations are all eligible to apply.

Projects will be evaluated against five criteria: innovation, impact on news ecosystem, diversity, equity and inclusion; inspiration; and feasibility. The range of projects could be varied — we are intentionally not being prescriptive and instead welcome your boldest ideas. This could be anything from using Artificial Intelligence in the newsroom to diversifying your business model or figuring out ways to increase audience engagement or even reach new audiences. Whatever it is, we want to hear your sharpest solutions to the challenges faced on the ground.

The selected projects will be eligible to receive up to $150,000, not to exceed 70% of the total project cost. Please note that Google does not take any equity or intellectual property rights in any projects or submissions.

Applications must be made online via our website and are open until Tuesday, April 5 2022 at 23:59 GMT. As part of the application process, applicants are required to produce an explanatory slidedeck (please note the link opens a page to make your own copy to work in). We will also be holding an online town hall on Tuesday, March 8 at 10am GMT with a live presentation and the opportunity to ask questions.

We are looking forward to seeing fresh ideas come out of the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, a region rich with talent, potential and opportunity. For more information about the challenge, visit g.co/newsinnovation.

Here’s how local news in the UK is using News Showcase

Editor’s note: This is part of our ongoing series featuring local publishers from around the world using Google News Showcase, our new product and licensing program for publishers, the Google News Initiative and other products and features. Read more in our series, from CityNews in Italyand ADIRA in Argentina.

DC Thomson is one of the UK’s leading media companies. Headquartered in Dundee, Scotland, it has been publishing newspapers and magazines for well over 100 years. We’re a privately owned, family-run business with people, customers and communities at the heart of our operations. In addition to our newspaper and magazine portfolio, we also publish classic titles such as the comics Oor Wullie, The Broons, The Beano and Commando, and have been diversifying into digital technology, radio, TV and events. Using audience insight and data, we create content and experiences that connect with our customers and build loyal communities. One of the new ways of working that is helping us to more deeply engage with readers is Google News Showcase, which we joined in February of last year.

Since we launched our content on Google News Showcase, we’ve been serving both paywalled and non-paywalled content from our titles, such as The Courier and The Evening Telegraph, the Press & Journal and Evening Express, and The Sunday Post, to readers. News Showcase allows us to decide how our content appears on Google News and on Discover, a Google service that allows people to customize their feed to match their interests. We publish and curate several news panels throughout each day, which allows us to tell stories differently, expand on a topic and give our readers and new audiences different ways into the news. It gives us additional opportunities to continue to more deeply engage our readers and help them understand important stories.

Working with Google to re-focus on our audiences

Through the Wan-IFRA's table stakes program supported by the Google News Initiative (GNI), we learned how to better serve audiences with the content they were looking for, on platforms they are already using and in the moments when they want it. We discovered how to turn occasional users into subscribers, create revenue from those new audiences, build partnerships with third parties to expand our skills and drive audience growth. We transitioned from being 95% print focused to being truly audience focused, serving outstanding digital content.

Delivering interest-based content

We achieved all this by reorganizing our newsrooms to create 10 small, specialized “Mini Publisher Teams,” each serving a variety of distinct audiences, with content including food and drink, nostalgia, transport and environment, crime and courts and health and wellbeing. The teams have the autonomy to make data-driven decisions relating to their content and are encouraged to be creative in how they produce it — all with the aim of increasing engagement and moving users through the funnel to becoming loyal subscribers.

This visualization by DC Thomson shows a static image of a graphic about poppy flowers and where they are located. It helps users find the poppies that are closest to them.

An example of one of the visualizations created by a DC Thomson publication.

By focusing on content verticals, investing in digital journalism like podcasts and video, and testing out data visualization tools, we have seen newsletter sign ups grow by 68% over an 18 month period.

This image shows an example of a visualization that the publisher DC Thomson has created. This one shows a breakdown of how many seats different political parties won in the United Kingdom over the years.

Another example of one of the visualizations created by a DC Thomson publication

Improving how we monetize and curate news to deepen engagement with audiences

One of the biggest challenges companies like ours are facing right now is finding new sources of revenue. The digital transformation inspired in part by the GNI program enabled us to produce ever more compelling premium content that was valued by our readers. For example, on The Courier we have locked more premium content and premium content now accounts for 85% of sales, almost doubling in volume. The result: after starting the programme with a few hundred subscribers we now have a five-figure subscriber base.

Sustainable growth through subscriptions

Most recently we participated in the Subs Lab Europe, an eight-month program run by the GNI, the International News Media Association (INMA) and FT Strategies. The Lab has changed our way of working and now we focus more on cross-functional experimentation — even when we don’t know the answer to a particular challenge. We ran a number of experiments during the program with meaningful results: we grew subscription sales by more than 180% in 8 weeks after once again experimenting with content behind our paywall. We increased the proportion of annual subscriptions sold by 400%. And we launched five new newsletters, which quickly earned the best open and click-through rates in The Courier’s portfolio.

Together, Google News Showcase and these GNI programs are helping us to shape our business plan for the next 18 months. They’re enabling us to get more economic value from our quality journalism, reach and engage new audiences and grow our subscribers at an important time for the news industry.

Dive deeper into local news with News Showcase

I’ve been a local news reader for a very long time, starting with my hometown paper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in Missouri. Admittedly, I started with the comics and word games like the junior jumble, but I came to appreciate the daily pulse of news about what was happening in my city. The Post-Dispatch was my connection to the city and to my neighbors.

In building Google News Showcase, our product and licensing program for news publishers, we want people who use Google’s news products to feel the same way about their local paper. Google News Showcase gives local publishers a way to show their editorial expertise and explain important issues to readers. In doing so, we hope readers are able to more deeply connect with their communities.

Today, we’re doing more to make it easier to find local publishers in Google News Showcase by bringing their panels into the local section of Google News. News Showcase publishers hand pick the content for these local panels, enabling them to highlight the most important stories of the day in their area and giving them another powerful way to deepen their relationship with readers. To get to the Local section on Google News, simply tap the Local section on the left of news.google.com or navigate to your local section of the For You feed in the Google News app.

This image of a local Google News page shows an example of how News Showcase panels will appear to some publishers in Canada

An example of how News Showcase panels for local publishers in Canada can appear in the local section of Google News.

This image of a local Google News page shows an example of how News Showcase panels will appear to some publishers in Argentina

An example of how News Showcase panels for local publishers in Argentina can appear in the local section of Google News.

More than 90% of the publications that are part of News Showcase represent local or community news. They include Citynews in Italy, La Capital in Argentina, Frankfurter Rundschau in Germany, Jornal do Commercio in Brazil, El Colombiano in Colombia, Guelph Mercury Tribune in Canada, the ​​Anandabazar Patrika in India, and Iliffe Media in the United Kingdom. We’ve been working closely with these publishers since before the launch of News Showcase to make sure the product works well for them.

Outside of today’s news, we’re always making additional changes behind the scenes to help publishers improve their experience with News Showcase. Notably, we recently launched the ability for publishers to see how readers are engaging with their News Showcase content in real time, so they can better understand what people want to read. This gives publishers the ability to respond quickly to what's trending, add more context to their stories or add related panels to stories that are getting traction. We’ve also introduced the ability to edit the images that appear in panels directly in our publication tool, giving News Showcase editors more control and saving them time.

Since we launched News Showcase in October 2020, we’ve signed deals with more than 1,200 news publications around the world, ensuring millions of people are able to find, engage and support the news organizations that cover issues that matter to them. We’ve also launched in more than a dozen countries including India, Japan, Portugal, Germany, Brazil, Austria, the U.K., Australia, Czechia, Italy, Colombia, Argentina, Canada and Ireland. Today, we’re rolling out the product in Poland.

News Showcase is just one way we’re helping readers find news that matters to them. We recently added a new news feature in Google Search where readers see a carousel of local news stories when we’re able to find local news coverage related to their search. This helps readers find important local news around their searches and helps local news publishers reach people looking for their news. This carousel is available globally in all languages.

We also improved our ranking systems so authoritative, relevant local news sources appear more often alongside national publications in our features such as Top Stories. This ensures people will be able to find coverage from authoritative local news sources, helping them see how national stories can impact them locally.

Supporting local publishers is also a key focus of our work and that of the Google News Initiative (GNI), our effort to help news organizations and journalists thrive in a digital age. For example, the GNI Digital Growth Program is a free program aimed at helping small and mid-sized news publishers around the world develop the capabilities required to accelerate the growth of their businesses online. And the GoogleNews Lab offers partnerships and training in over 50 countries. We’ve also built our products to help journalists with different technical abilities and resources. One example is Pinpoint, a tool that uses the best of our Search, AI, and machine learning technology to help reporters quickly go through thousands of documents like forms, handwritten notes, images, e-mail archives, PDFs, and automatically transcribes audio files.

This GIF shows different ways that Pinpoint helps news organizations go through documents. For example, typing in a search for STDN Mission will bring up results in hand written notes, photos and text documents.

Pinpoint helps news organizations quickly and efficiently go through hundreds or thousands of documents.

We’re dedicated to playing our part to help support local journalism thriving in a digital age — and to helping readers discover the local news stories and understand the issues that affect them.

News Showcase is launching in Poland

We know how hard it can be to keep on top of what’s happening in your community, let alone news globally. To help address this, Google News Showcase, our product and licensing program for news publishers, will begin rolling out today in Poland as “Showcase w Wiadomościach Google.” Google has signed partnerships with 47 Polish publications, including national, regional and local publications from across the country such as Wprost, NaTemat, Spider’s Web, 300Gospodarka, Lublin24 and TuŁódź. News Showcase is part of our global investment in news and reinforces our commitment to journalism in Poland and around the world.

This image shows 47 logos of publishers from Poland that we are partnering with for News Showcase. The image is one a white background with the logos tiled.

Logos of our News Showcase partners in Poland

News Showcase panels can appear on Google products, currently on News and Discover, and direct readers to the full articles on publishers’ websites, helping them deepen their relationships with readers. Panels will also include extended access to paywalled content from participating publishers to give readers even more from their favorite sources, hopefully leading to more subscribers for the news organization. In addition to the revenue that comes directly from these more-engaged readers, participating publishers will receive monthly licensing payments from Google.

“News Showcase is another Google project supporting media outlets worldwide and once again they are doing it on such a large scale,” says Michał Mańkowski, editor-in-chief, chief operating officer and board member of naTemat Group, a nationwide online media publisher. “I am glad that Google recognizes more and more the important role of reliable and trustworthy publishers, and supports them in this way. We are proud to be in this group.”

“We are thrilled to be joining Google News Showcase. We are now certain this new platform will help us even better control how our content is seen by our readers,” says Przemysław Pająk, editor-in-chief of Spider’s Web, an independent business and technology news company. “We are not only going to use News Showcase to promote important news that we have been regularly bringing onto the media market, but also present our best columns and premium articles in an attractive way.”

Since we launched News Showcase in October 2020, we’ve signed deals with more than 1,200 news publications around the world and have launched in 14 countries including India, Japan, Germany, Portugal, Brazil, Austria, the U.K., Australia, Czechia, Italy, Colombia, Argentina, Canada and Ireland, bringing more in-depth, essential news coverage to Google News and Discover users. More than 90% of the publications that are part of News Showcase represent local or community news. Local news is an essential way for readers to connect to their communities and ensure they get the news that impacts their day-to-day lives.

This image shows examples of how some publishers in Poland will appear using News Showcase panels.

An example of how News Showcase panels will look with some of our partners in Poland.

"Projects like this one, supporting real journalism, are extremely important in a world overloaded with quick and short information, which often misses issues that matter,” says Michał M. Lisiecki, founder of PMPG Polskie Media SA, a traditional and new media publishing group. “Google News Showcase has a chance to gain recognition not only among editors and journalists but, most importantly, among readers who value quality content. I keep my fingers crossed for success, because it is now time for substantive and economic cooperation between global technology leaders and local media.”

“Quality local journalism plays a significant role in communities today. We are excited to be joining the project,” says Piotr Piotrowicz, CEO of Południowa Oficyna Wydawnicza, a local publishing group in central Poland, and CEO of the Local Media Association. “I believe Google News Showcase offers a chance for those important stories to reach new readers in our region and for local media to grow their digital future.”

This GIF shows examples of how News Showcase will look with the content of some of our news partners in Poland

An example of how News Showcase panels will look with some of our partners in Poland.

Google News Showcase is our latest effort to support publishers of all sizes and the news industry in Poland. Through the Google News Initiative we supported 163 local Polish newsrooms through our Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to help them continue their vital work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We also provided 6.6 million euros to support 33 Digital News Innovation Fund experimental news projects from leading publishers like Agora, Fratria, Gremi Media, Polityka, Polska Press and ZPR Media. Around the world, the Google News Initiative has supported more than7,000 news partners in over 120 countries and territories.

Since 2015, the Google News Lab has trained nearly 12,000 Polish journalists, newsroom staff and journalism students on a range of digital tools to help them research, verify and visualize their stories. Every year, we run an open Google News Lab Summer School for reporters from media located across the country to help them use those tools in their vital daily work in their local communities.

Google also sends eight billion visits each month to European news websites from products like Search and News, which publishers can monetize with online advertising and subscriptions on their websites and apps. Our ad technologies enable news organizations to sell their ad space to millions of advertisers globally — including advertisers they wouldn’t have access to without these services.

We’re dedicated to continuing our contribution to and collaboration with the news ecosystem, supporting the open web and continuing to provide access to information in Poland and elsewhere.

News Showcase is launching in Portugal

Google News Showcase, a product and licensing program for news publishers, will begin rolling out in Portugal today as “Destaques Jornalísticos no Google” in Portuguese. Participating publishers from local, national and independent Portuguese outlets can give readers more insight into the topics they choose to highlight, through curated story panels which can appear on Google News and Discover.

This is part of our global investment in news and reinforces our commitment to Portugal and journalism. With News Showcase (Destaques Jornalísticos), publishers can provide additional context about stories via curated panels, and add related articles, timelines and more. Publishers get more control of their presentation and branding, helping them be more visible to their dedicated readers and to those who are just discovering them.

Google has signed partnerships with 28 Portuguese publications, including O Jornal Económico, Jornal de Notícias, Observador, O MIRANTE and Jornal do Fundão. News Showcase (Destaques Jornalísticos) panels can appear on Google products, currently on News and Discover, and direct readers to the full articles on publishers’ websites, helping them deepen their relationships with readers. In addition to the revenue that comes directly from these more-engaged readers, participating publishers will receive monthly licensing payments from Google.

This image shows the logos of: 4gNews, A Bola, A Voz de Trás-os-Montes, Açoriano Oriental, Diário As Beiras, Diário de Notícias, Diário de Notícias da Madeira, Diário do Minho, Dinheiro Vivo, ECO, IOL, Jornal da Madeira, Jornal de Notícias, Jornal do Centro, Jornal do Fundão, Mais Futebol, Mensageiro de Bragança, Notícias ao Minuto, O Jogo, O Jornal Económico, O MIRANTE, Observador, Público, Região de Leiria, The Portugal News, TSF, TVI24, Visão

Logos of our News Showcase partners

“Quality journalism has a paramount importance in a free and democratic world. It gives everyone the knowledge to play an active role in society as the world evolves, beyond witnessing history,” says Marco Galinha, CEO of Global Media Group, who owns several titles in Portugal, including Dinheiro Vivo, Jornal de Notícias and TSF. “Sharing our quality information, strengthening our audience and connecting even more people is what we expect from Google News Showcase (Destaques Jornalísticos no Google).”

Since News Showcase (Destaques Jornalísticos) launched in October 2020, we’ve signed deals with more than 1,000 news publications around the world and have launched in more than a dozen countries: India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Austria, the U.K., Australia, Czechia, Italy, Colombia, Argentina, Canada and Ireland. More than 90% of the publications that are part of News Showcase (Destaques Jornalísticos) represent local or community news. Local news is an essential way for readers to connect to their communities and ensure they get the news that impacts their day-to-day lives.

This image shows four different News Showcase panels (including timeline and related articles)  with just some of our news partners in Portugal

An example of how News Showcase panels will look with some of our partners in Portugal

“A Voz de Trás-os-Montes is a local newspaper, seeking, over time, to reinvent itself in the production of content and the formats in which it is presented, whether on paper or digital.” says João Vilela, Director at A Voz de Trás-os-Montes. “Google News Showcase (Destaques Jornalísticos no Google) assumes itself as a product that will enhance the presence of this title in the digital world, also promoting the practice of quality, reliable and independent journalism, and providing readers with a good experience in accessing regional information.”

To further strengthen these relationships, we offer News Showcase (Destaques Jornalísticos) readers the ability to read select paywalled content from publishers. This feature means readers will have the opportunity to read more of a publisher’s articles, encouraging them to learn more about the publication — and potentially subscribe.

“Earlier this year, we challenged Google and the Portuguese Press Association to work together to find solutions to support a sustainable Portuguese media ecosystem, and in particular the local and regional media, in order to respond to the digital challenges, based on a framework that respects individual rights and copyright and ensures that the Portuguese citizens continue to have access to credible and relevant information”, says André de Aragão Azevedo, Secretary of State for the Digital Transition. “We are proud to see such great progress and we are in full support of initiatives like this.”

Google News Showcase (Destaques Jornalísticos no Google) is our latest effort to support publishers of all sizes and the news ecosystem in the country. Through the Digital News Initiative (DNI) Fund, Google has invested nearly eight million euros to support 32 Portuguese projects, tackling major challenges such as boosting digital revenues to telling local stories and exploring new technologies. In 2020, with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Google News Initiative offered financial support to 71 Portuguese newsrooms through its global Journalism Emergency Relief Fund. Around the world, the GNI, alongside a $300 million investment, has supported more than7,000 news partners in over 120 countries and territories.

Google also sends eight billion visits each month to European news websites from products like Search and News, which publishers can monetize with online advertising and subscriptions on their websites and apps. Our ad technologies enable news organizations to sell their ad space to millions of advertisers globally — including advertisers they wouldn’t have access to without these services.

Beyond working with publishers on their digital transformation, it’s vital we also support access to accurate and reliable information. Since 2015, the Google News Lab has trained 2,550 Portuguese journalists and journalism students on a range of digital tools to help them research, verify and visualize their stories. We’ve also supported a number of Portuguese specialists including Media Veritas, a project by the Portuguese Press Association to promote media literacy and combat misinformation, and we contributed 25 million euros to the European Media and Information Fund, managed by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, European University Institute and the European Digital Media Observatory to strengthen media literacy skills.

“Rather than a threat, digital can be an opportunity for publishers. This is why APImprensa is supporting its members (regional and local) to deploy all the advantages of participating in the Google Showcase project,” says João Palmeiro, President of thePortuguese Publishers Association. “The advantages are a unique opportunity to understand how to compete in the digital world using tools that can bring more information, knowledge and skills to newsrooms and to the digital business.

Google News Showcase (Destaques Jornalísticos no Google) helps readers discover even more news and provides publishers with a new online experience to deepen their engagement and relationship with their audience. We are happy to contribute to the news ecosystem, support the open web and continue to provide access to information in Portugal and elsewhere.