co Does Google Consider You A Publisher? |

Google likes to experiment. One of the ways Google is experimenting right now is with letting publishers submit their original news stories to Google News for greater exposure. But what constitutes a publisher in Google’s eyes?

For now, the experiment is only open to certain publishers, which means that I haven’t been invited. When and if this experiment is rolled out to the public, will their be stipulations about what kind of news is eligible for submission and will there be stipulations about what publishers will be allowed to submit news? Will it be open to anyone?

According to Nieman Journalism Lab, the following news organizations are currently involved in the experiment:

  • The Washington Post
  • Newsday
  • Reuters
  • Slate

But that’s not all. According to the Nieman article, the experiment includes “less than a dozen news outlets”.

The experiment is called Editors’ Picks, so named because it allows the editors at the various news outlets to pick the stories they deem are worthy of promoting through this outlet. My guess is that when the experiment is released out of beta that only bona fide news organizations will be allowed to participate, but how broadly defined will that be? Any ideas?