A closer look at Google’s plan to spotlight ‘original reporting’

Google’s VP of News explains the wider implications of the new search algorithm.

Attend a GEN study tour and stay in the vanguard of the field! The November study tour includes a visit to Culture Trip’s office in Tel Aviv.

An editor’s lens is about getting the great work of his or her team fully amplified. Ours is to provide the best and most helpful set of results to our users. Those objectives might be proximate but they are not fully overlapping.

Click here to see how Google has been changing its algorithm since the early 2000s. Source: fiftyfiveandfive

How long the canonical stays in a prominent position will vary with the time and progression of the story.

Google dominates the US search engine market
Excerpt from Google’s 167-page rater guidelines

To be hired, raters must pass a vendor-administered test that shows the raters have a deep understanding of our 167 page rater guidelines.

Google intentionally develops systems to eliminate the bias of any individual on our algorithmic results. No individual makes decisions as to who goes where.

The Journalist Trust Initiative was launched by Reporters Without Borders together with Agence France Presse, GEN and the European Broadcasting Union to develop a self-regulatory solution in support of ethical conduct and transparency in media.
The Trust Project is a consortium of top news companies led by award-winning journalist Sally Lehrman, developing transparency standards for journalism.

Google’s signal collection and data modeling serves the purpose of powering Google Search results, not of being a way to inform users of journalistic characteristics of publications.

SEO & Subscriptions: Frenemies?

There are no ranking distinctions made between paywalled and non-paywalled content.

Attend a GEN study tour and stay in the vanguard of the field! The November study tour includes a visit to Culture Trip’s office in Tel Aviv.
Richard Gingras, VP News products, Google

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The Global Editors Network (GEN) was the worldwide association of editors-in-chief founded in 2011. It ceased its activities in November 2019 due to lack of sustainable finances.

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Ana Lomtadze

Associate Program Specialist at UNESCO (CI sector). Formerly at Global Editors Network & Open Society Foundations.