Google's latest project - News Labs

Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and Apple are all trying to shape the future of online news creation. Citizen journalist often scan social media first, and Google+ has often fallen behind. Today Google unveiled its project News Labs, led by Steve Grove, that will help them stay competitive in this important field by working with journalists and entrepreneurs. According to Google’s official blog, News Labs mission is to, “Help build the future of media. And we’re tackling this in three ways: though ensuring our tools are made available to journalists around the world (and that newsrooms know how to use them); by getting helpful Google data sets in the hands of journalists everywhere; and through programs designed to build on some of the biggest opportunities that exist in the media industry today.”

Some of these tools will include Earth, YouTube, and Maps — and data for news stories. While the tools are mostly aimed for use at major newsrooms, it will also help promote citizen journalism. News online comes from a variety of sources, and user-generated content has become more and more important over the years.

News Labs hope that its tutorials and guides such as First Draft, WITNESS Media Lab, and YouTube Newswire will help as many people as possible take advantage of their many tools and use Google’s data in their articles.

In order to write interesting and meaningful content, users need a variety of data and this is something that Google has in large quantities. It is a smart move for Google to put all of its data in one spot and making it easier to sort through all of it. "Given Google’s mission to ensure quality information is accessible and useful everywhere," Grove writes, "we want to help ensure that innovation in news leads to a more informed, more democratic world."


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