Last week, Google announced the launch of YouTube Newswire, a live section that gathers newsworthy video material, specially selected and curated by Google. YouTube Newswire comes to the help of journalists that can use the feature as main source or subject for relevant news.
Google News Lab will open its gates and offer a helping hand to journalists who are in search for strong information and good quality material. The new site is conceived as a destination aiming to connect journalists with the best sources, programs, data, details and other resources that could strengthen their reporting. The site will feature a large number of tools for newsrooms, tutorials, guides and best practices on the way Google products can be used in reporting.
Google has also updated their Trends service and with the help of that journalists can track exactly what are the matters of interest for the large public.
The Google effort to upgrade reporting is a part of its growth strategy and a little speculation allows us to say that it can be a strategic step to better manipulate information. There is a huge proliferation of tools generating data and information today and Google is the main info tool of our times.
Google News Lab will house YouTube Newswire that is developed in partnership with the social news agency Storyful. News Lab will also host Google Trends, to offer journalists information on what is trending all over the world. Google Trends just benefited from an update offering real-time information for 28 countries all over the world.
Those who want to perfect their journalistic skills will be trained by Google, as the giant recently partnered with Witness Media Lab and First Draft Collection. While the WITNESS Media Lab will offer guidelines and projects related to the human rights issues, the First Draft Collection aims to train journalists on ethics, research and video verification. The News Lab is an open platform that will be constantly updated. This way, Google aims to offer the best root services for journalists who can further juggle with information and create newsworthy content and valuable pieces of information.
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