Partnering with top 30 regional and national news publishers, Google has recently launched its News Showcase program in India. The announcement came when India is fighting against one of the worst-hit COVID-19 outbreaks.
As per Google’s blog post, “Today’s announcement comes at a particularly challenging moment in India, with Indians seeking out authoritative news and information as the COVID-19 crisis deepens.”
Today, most people in India are relying on social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for regular news updates. At times, news on these platforms is not accurate. And, hence, spreads misinformation among the people. So, to cater to these publications and incentivize their high-quality content, Google has decided to expand its New Showcase program in India. It will help post relevant and high-quality content on Google News and Discover platforms.
Some of the news organizations under this program are The Hindu, ABP LIVE, NDTV, Reuters, Dainik Jagran, Zee News, India TV, The Statesman, Punjab Kesari, Amar Ujala, and more. So, starting from today, you will start seeing a dedicated News Showcase section in Google News and Discover. As of now, the news will be only in Hindi and English. However, Google says that in the coming days and weeks, it will roll out news in regional languages as well.
About Google News Showcase
For those unaware, Google’s News Showcase is a licensing news program that was launched last year. More than a dozen countries have partnered with it, signing 700 news publications. It includes countries such as Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, the UK, Brazil, and more.
Google is also committed to imparting training to 50,000 journalists and journalism students over the next three years. This will happen with support from its News Lab initiative. The focus will be on combating the misinformation by verifying it using effective digital tools. So, this is one of the future plans of Google to create a better news environment in the country.
“We believe it’s important that digital platforms contribute to a sustainable, independent, and diverse news ecosystem, working with journalists, news outlets, and news associations,” said Google in its blog post.