Google Launches Portal to Aid Journalists
Google's new portal, News Lab, will connect journalists to more data and digital tools, including written and video tutorials, to aid in their reporting.Google has launched a new portal dubbed News Lab that seeks to connect journalists with tools, programs and data to aid in their reporting. In a blog post Monday, the director of the new site, Steve Grove, described News Lab as an effort to empower better journalism through the innovative use of new digital technologies and services. Under the effort, Google will collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs from around the world to shape the media of the future, Grove said. Services such as Google Maps, YouTube, Fusion Tables and Earth already provide journalists with a rich set of resources for use in their reporting. With News Lab, Google is making available new tutorials on how to take advantage of such tools in the context of a newsroom, he said. Google will provide written and video tutorials that showcase best practices in the use of these tools from newsrooms around the United States and the world. "As Google develops new products that help journalists, we'll update these resources regularly," Grove said. Grove pointed to an update to Google Trends that the company announced last week as an example of the kind of data resources that it hopes to make available to journalists through News Lab. With the update, Google has basically begun delivering minute-by-minute, real-time data from Google Search on stories that are trending on news or that people are searching for. The idea is to give reporters and others a way to track topics of interest at any given moment during the day and to determine where exactly that interest might be peaking.
With last week's update to Trends, Google has begun including data from YouTube and Google News as well when providing users with information on stories and topics that might be trending around the world. The new Google Trends gives journalists access to deeper, broader real-time data and reflects feedback collected from data journalists around the world, Grove noted.