Google News Starts Highlighting Long-Form Journalism

Posted on November 15, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Google with 5 Comments

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.

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Comments (5)

5 responses to “Google News Starts Highlighting Long-Form Journalism”

  1. Thom77

    Just in time for the new Presidential cycle.

    THATS what this is really about ... controlling information way better then they were able to in 2016.

    • behindmyscreen

      In reply to Thom77:

      By “controlling information “ do you mean pointing people to journalism worth reading? That’s what this is. Avoiding listicles and nonsense 5 paragraph articles to encourage attention span when reading.

      it makes people think more so of course the conspiracy nuts will have a problem with it.

  2. Gramenos Gregoriadis

    The image headlines shown above doesn't inspire much confidence, with examples like "Earth shattering" and "could this be the solution to the global food crisis"