I do a lot of research and recently have needed to search news sources online. I can do Google searches, but then have to weed through all the miscellaneous junk to find stories from reputable journalism sources. It’s a pain. Is there a smarter way to do searches? I just wish there was a “.news” domain or something for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, etc.
That’s a really interesting idea, a TLD (top level domain) for news sources, newspapers, TV channels and the like. On the other hand, as an old school Internet user, I cringe at each new domain that shows up because it means that thousands — millions? — of trademark holders then have to jump in and register their domain name on that TLD too. Why? To ensure that a domain like “coke.news” or “starbucks.news” wouldn’t be taken by someone else or subverted to a different purpose than the trademark holder would intend.
Heck, here at AskDaveTaylor we have the same issue because “askdavetaylor” is a registered trademark and so we’d need to get the domain in the “.news” category too, to ensure someone else doesn’t grab it. Lots of work, lots of hassle.
Instead, Google has you covered with Google News search. Far, far easier than creating yet another top level domain, the Google team has curated the best news sources from the online world and made them a separate group you can search without any other junk showing up.
Better yet, once you’ve entered a search, it’s just a single mouse click away. No kidding.
Here’s a typical Google search, for news about In ‘n Out Burger coming to Colorado, with Google’s hints automatically showing up:
If you look closely on the Google toolbar along the very top, you’ll see “News” as an option. It’s the white text against the black background. But it isn’t what you seek: Click on it and you’ll be in Google News, but your specific search will have been forgotten in the transfer.
Instead, complete the search so you can see what’s below the search box, then click on “More” to bring up the additional menu options:
As you can see, the “News” option is what you want. Click on it and your search will be handed off to the Google News search, with the results appearing sans those useless Facebook posts, personal blogs and miscellany of the vast ocean of Internet stuff:
Truth be told, I’m a huge fan of Google News and wish the company put a bit more attention into the layout and presentation of the content. It’s a terrific personalized newspaper in a way that the LA Times, Washington Post, NY Times, etc, are not. It just needs a bit more love from the UI team…