Google is launching a brand-new feature for Google News in order to help bring rich, in-depth journalism to users. Along with the daily news cycle, the company wants to put a focus on long-form journalism that dive deeper into the stories.
The company says the new feature, Beyond the Headlines, is part of its mission to help people understand the world through increased quality, trustworthy, and “enjoyable” news.
More often than not, in-depth stories were getting buried inside the fast daily news cycle, and so Google wanted to solve that problem by putting increased focus on these stories. With the new feature, Google News will highlight these stories beyond the fast daily news cycle, so the publishers behind the stories don’t have their work go unnoticed, and readers also get more in-depth information about the daily news.
Beyond the Headlines will also offer a read-time feature that provides an estimated read-time figure that you can use to decide if you want to spend the time required to read a long story. The feature is first launching on the desktop globally in U.S. English, while support for more languages and a mobile version is expected in 2020.