August 5, 2011

Nieman Lab | Official Google Blog
Google News created a new space on its homepage to feature “editors’ picks” of top headlines, and any news organization can apply to be included. To join, follow the instructions to provide a customized RSS feed to Google. As it launched Thursday, the sources include The Atlantic, Slate, The New York Times, Politico, Reuters, msnbc.com, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, ProPublica, the Guardian and The Root. Google has been experimenting with this idea for about a year, working with many of those organizations as testing partners. The introduction of editorial judgment from human journalists is new to Google News, which is otherwise managed by algorithms.

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