ORIGIN AND WEIGHT OF NEWS MEDIA OUTLETS INDEXED ON GOOGLE NEWS: An exploration of the editions from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico

Tania Lucía Cobos

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ABSTRACT – Google News is a controversial news aggregation service owned by Google. By analyzing 3,738,375 news stories added in the Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico editions from January to March of 2015, 2,246 news media outlets were identified. In these editions, specific to their countries, large, popular, and traditional news media such as G1 (under Globo.com), Terra Brasil, El Universal, ElTiempo.com, and Caracol Radio had the highest rates of news aggregation in their respective country edition. This meant that they had greater visibility as well as a higher probability of receiving traffic from it, above the other indexed news media outlets.

RESUMO – O Google News é um serviço controverso de agregação de notícias de propriedade do Google. Ao analisar 3.738.375 notícias adicionadas nas edições Brasil, Colômbia e México, de janeiro a março de 2015, foram identificados 2.246 meios de comunicação. Nessas edições, específicas de seus países, grandes mídias, populares e tradicionais como G1 (sob Globo.com), Terra Brasil, El Universal, ElTiempo.com e Caracol Radio apresentaram as maiores taxas de agregação de notícias em suas respectivas edições de cada país. Isso significava que eles tinham maior visibilidade e maior probabilidade de receber tráfego deles, acima dos outros meios de comunicação indexados.

RESUMEN – Google News es un servicio de agregación de noticias controvertido propiedad de Google. Al analizar 3.738.375 noticias agregadas en las ediciones de Brasil, Colombia y México, de enero a marzo de 2015, se identificaron 2.246 medios. En estas ediciones, específicas de sus países, grandes medios, populares y tradicionales como G1 (bajo Globo.com), Terra Brasil, El Universal, ElTiempo.com y Caracol Radio presentaron las tasas más altas de agregación de noticias en su respectiva edición por país. Esto significaba que eran más visibles y más propensos a recibir tráfico de éste, por encima de otros medios noticiosos indexados.


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Google News; Media outlets; News aggregators; Infomediation; Latin America

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