The Google News desktop website has been redesigned “with a renewed focus on facts, diverse perspectives, and more control for users,” said product manager Anand Paka. “The new UI has a clean and uncluttered look, designed for comfortable reading and browsing,” he added.
Google has adopted a card format that it says makes it easier to browse, scan and identify related articles about a story. The new layout focuses on key elements, such as publisher names and article labels, and maintains your view and place on the page as you click in and out of stories and explore topics. The navigation column on the left is dedicated to sections that you can customise. At the top of the page there’s a new navigation bar for ‘Headlines’, ‘Local’ and ‘For You’, with the latter two being customisable when signed in to your Google account.
A feature called Story cards can help you explore different perspectives “to gain a well-rounded understanding of an issue,” said Paka in a blog post. “The first view offers a quick glance into a story. From there you can go deeper and read articles with different points of view which are frequently labeled with helpful tags (e.g., Local Source, Most Referenced, Opinion, or Fact Check). People have told us these labels identify important facets of a story and provide more context. As a result, whenever possible, we now show a second labeled article in addition to the top headline for each story. This way you can see additional context on stories immediately even as you are scanning.”
A ‘Full Coverage’ page allows immersion in a particular story or issue, displaying articles “with a diversity of perspectives”. Paka added: “Facts are at the heart of a story’s credibility. Last year we introduced the Fact Check label so you can get easy access to fact checking articles that investigate claims made in the story. Now we’re adding a Fact Check block on the right column of ‘Headlines’ that shows the top fact checked articles recently published.” However, this feature is currently available in the US only.
“We’re rolling out this update globally in the coming days. We hope the new design enables you to easily access quality journalism, bolstered with meaningful insights and comprehensive coverage,” he said.