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Google has partnered with WordPress.com to offer a one-stop platform for local news publishers

By Wong Chung Wee - on 16 Jan 2019, 2:35pm

Google has partnered with WordPress.com to offer a one-stop platform for local news publishers

(Image source: WordPress.com)

Google News Initiative (GNI) has joined forces with Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com, to create Newspack, a fast, secure and bespoke low-cost publishing platform that promises to fulfil the requirements of small newsrooms. Other backers include the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Civil Media. Collectively, they have contributed US$2.2 million to Newpack’s launch.

According to Automattic, Newspack isn’t a finished product, and the company is interested in helping Newspack adopters flourish. Automattic is working in partnership with Spirited Media and News Revenue Hub to understand contributing factors to publisher success as well as to measure the business impact of those factors. Newspack’s feature set development will also be closely monitored and improved based on feedback from Automattic’s extensive contact with local publishers.They will also provide technical support on the integration of Google products.

In short, Automattic is committed to making Newspack a commercially-viable platform for small news publishers. According to the company, Newspack will begin development soon and will be made available globally in the coming months.

(Source: WordPress.com Blog)

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