Within hours of Google launching its "news showcase" initiative in Australia The Beagle has signed up to ensure its readers are able to enjoy the new features being offered. The news showcase is accessed through Google's mobile application, and allows users to read news direct from their favourite papers, even those like the ACM mastheads, such as the Canberra Times, that are located behind paywalls. Google Australia's managing director Mel Silva told a recent Senate inquiry into the code that deals had been closed with seven companies, including Australian Community Media, InDaily, Solstice and Private Media. This will come as pleasing to ACM who already benefited with a $10.4m Federal grant intended to ensure regional media was supported. As this early version of News Showcase rolls out, the partnerships will provide financial support for some of the country’s most respected independent, local and regional publications including The Canberra Times, The Illawarra Mercury, The Saturday Paper, Crikey, The New Daily, InDaily and The Conversation.
Image: Google Keyword The Keyword reports "Panels on News Showcase display an enhanced view of an article or articles, giving participating publishers more ways to bring important news to readers and explain it in their own voice, along with more direct control of presentation and branding. The panels will appear across Google News on Android, iOS and the mobile web, and in Discover on iOS, bringing high-value traffic to a publisher’s site."