August 4, Google News introduced a new section in the right-hand column of the U.S. edition called "Editors" Picks," and it displays original content that publishers have selected as highlights from their publications, informs Google News Team.
"An array of news organizations, including local, national and niche publishers, are now using Editors' Picks to display their best, most engaging content. Because Google News relies on algorithms, Editors' Picks will always be just that--picks provided by publishers themselves, and not by Google. You can browse a set of publisher feeds that span national, specific and local interests--like The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, ProPublica, the Guardian and The Root, among many others--via the side-to-side arrows next to each publisher's logo.
The feeds you see are chosen based on a variety of factors, including your news preferences. If you're interested in using source preferences on Google News, Editors' Picks helps you do that with the slider that appears just below the articles," stated Yogita Mehta, Software Engineer, Google News Team.
Mehta said "You may have first noticed Editors' Picks as an experiment last year. Based on the data from that experiment, we've been working with nearly two dozen publishers in recent months and have seen a positive response from readers and publishers alike: readers get the news they're interested in from the sources they trust, and publishers receive higher traffic to their websites."
News organizations that are interested may visit Help Center to get started.
[Source: Google News blog]