Today Google announced a number of improvements to Google News to help people around the world find a broad array of authoritative news, through global support to news organizations and product innovation.
The new Google News
To help people dive deeper into important stories and more easily find local news from around the world, today Google has launched a redesigned, more customizable Google News experience for desktop.
The new look for Google News on desktop was inspired by feedback they received from readers. Google has made it easier for users to catch up on the most important news by bringing Top stories, Local news and personalized picks for you to the top of the page.
The newly redesigned Google News on desktop, with local news now easier to find.
As an example, Google has moved their local news section to the top of the page, so it’s easier to find. You can now use the filter button to add multiple locations to your local news section, so you’ll never miss important news about the cities and towns you care about.
To make sure this Google News desktop homepage feels truly yours, you now have the ability to customize the topics that appear. This new feature makes it simple to scroll and click through to the stories that most interest you. You can add, remove or reorder topics – just click the blue customize button in the top right of the Your Topics section to get started.
Your Topics now makes it easy to customize the subjects you’d like to follow.
An example of the customization options for Topics in the new Google News desktop.
To help you make more informed judgments about the information you come across online, Google has expanded our Fact Check section in Google News on desktop to provide more context. In addition to headlines, you’ll now see the original claim made along with the fact-checked assessment from independent organizations.
You can also find more information about sources right on Google Search, called About This Result. Next to related Search results, you’ll see three dots that you can tap to learn more about the result and where the information is coming from. With this extra context, you can follow expert recommendations to check the source and see what others say about a topic, helping you make more informed decisions about the sites you may want to visit and what results will be most useful for you.
As part of their announcements today to bring a redesigned Google News to people globally, Google is also announcing that after an eight-year hiatus, Google News is returning to Spain. This is a result of a new copyright law and Google hopes that the return of Google News to Spain helps more people find more news, from more places, and helps publishers find new readers
20 years of Google News
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Google News. When it launched, Google News broke new ground in news aggregation by gathering links in real time, grouping articles by story and ranking stories from publishers worldwide.
How Google News on desktop looked in 2002 versus how it looks now in 2022.
See a demo of the improvements below: