Google News refreshes your desktop site with a new design that lets you keep track of global and local news on a single screen. The redesign places the Your Briefing, Local News, and Top Picks sections on a single page in different columns to make it easier to find news about topics and areas of interest.
So far, if you log into Google News, you’ll see the headline section first, along with a weather widget on the side. Other sections like World, For You, and Local News can be accessed by scrolling down or clicking on the topic from the sidebar.
The redesign moves all topics from the sidebar to the top of the screen, so it can accommodate other columns like Local News and Top options. The weather widget now takes up a small space at the top right of the screen. Google has tried to mimic the feeling of reading a newspaper or magazine – but through a desktop website.
“These changes are the latest way to bring local news to users around the world. Last year, we expanded the feature in Google Search so that readers around the world can now see a carousel of local news stories when Google finds relevant local news coverage. This helps to easily find stories from local news publishers, “the company said in a statement.
What’s more, you can click the customization button next to your Topics section to select the topics you want to see on the home page, and even shuffle the display order.
The redesigned Google News also features a revised Fact Check section, which now also shows original claims and assessments that have been verified for other contexts. Earlier this year, Google launched a new label “most cited” in search to highlight the original source for the story.
The company noted that along with the changes, Google News returned to Spain after eight years, due to new copyright laws. The company says Google News is available in 125 countries and 40 languages, and generates 24 billion clicks to publisher websites each month.
Google says it is opening applications for the News Equity Fund, a grant to independent journalists or small news organizations to produce original stories. The company will accept applications until July 21 from almost all countries around the world, except China and Russia.
Yesterday, Google quietly dropped an appeal against the € 500M antitrust news license penalty in France. This comes after French authorities accepted a promise of corporate conduct offered in December. In a blog post, Google noted that it has made content deals with more than 150 publications in the country.