I have very fond memories of me as a young girl sitting at the kitchen table with my father, reading the morning newspaper and filling out the crossword puzzle together. The tradition continues to this day; when I visit him at home, we have breakfast together and lively conversations about the day’s news. I’ve always valued quality journalism and firmly believe that it is key to a functioning democracy.
People look to the news to make sense of their world and become more informed citizens. This can mean everything from breaking news to analysis of how trends and decisions may impact local communities. At Google, we’re dedicated to supporting the reporters and publishers who work tirelessly to deliver essential news. This support includes programs like the Google News Initiative (GNI), our effort to help news organizations and journalists thrive in a digital age, and also our news products like Subscribe with Google or Ad Manager. As a result, each month, Google sends more than 24 billion visits to publisher sites around the globe, for free.
On June 22, Google News returned to Spain thanks to an updated copyright law allowing Spanish media outlets – big and small – to make their own decisions on how their content is discovered and monetised. Today we are announcing the launch of Google News Showcase, our curated online news experience and licensing program.
News Showcase is now available in Spain with 60 publishers representing more than 140 publications, including national, regional and local news outlets like the ABC, Atresmedia, Catalunyapress, El Español, Europa Press, El País, La Tribuna de Toledo and Servimedia. Since we launched News Showcase in October 2020, we’ve signed deals with more than 1,700 news publications and have launched the product in more than 18 countries. These include Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, Colombia, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand, Canada, Portugal, Italy and Argentina.