Google News is a great tool for sourcing recent news items without having to pay a fee to your preferred fee-based news service. One weakness of Google News though is its lack of information regarding the primary news sites it indexes.
Google News Report is a web site that tracks the source(s) of news items that appear on the Google News homepage. Its data is available for a number of the local news homepages (eg. USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India… plus others), and provides a number of different break-downs of the data (eg. news sources by month and top 25 sources by date… plus others).
I will find this very useful if I manage to make any progress on a project I’d like to undertake that compares the results of running saved searches on Google News vs. my organisation’s preferred fee-based news service for current awareness purposes. I’ve been under the impression for a while that a lot of the news that comes through these fee-based services such as Lexis-Nexis and Factiva are available online for free, but haven’t yet had the opportunity to do a proper comparison. If I do manage to make some comparisons it will be important to know what sources Google News indexes and makes available, hence my excitement at finding this very useful website.