Newspack - Google's Own Publishing Platform Will Arrive This Year

Google is soon going to introduce Newspack, a cost-effective publishing system which aims to assist the local news publishers around the world.

According to the official announcement, Google has partnered up with web development giants, Automattic and WordPress in order to create this publishing platform. This Google News Initiative will give equal opportunity to every small newsrooms in the digital world.

Around $1.2 Million has already been invested in the pre-development phase whereas the prototype will soon be ready in the upcoming weeks. However, Newspack will only be available to the general publishers later this year.

Publishers on this platform will have access to all the plugins of Wordpress created by their development team and the goal is to make journalists write as much as they want without having to worry about the complications of a system.
“Journalists should be writing stories and covering their communities, not worrying about designing websites, configuring CMSs, or building commerce systems. Their publishing platform should solve these problems for them.”
On the other hand, Automattic will be creating more ease for the small publishers by associating with Spirited Media and News Revenue Hub as Newspack wants to target the requirements of publishers for their success and evaluate the business impact of its features and capabilities.

Apart from the investment, Google will focus more on Newspack feature set, based on feedback obtained from local publishers. It will also play its role in providing technical support for the integration of Google products.

Currently, Newspack has also received funding from the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Civil Media which together sums up to another $1 million. For journalists striving to thrive on digital platforms in the Asia- Pacific region, Newspack might just be what they were looking for.

Google & WordPress Are Offering Early Access to Newspack

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