Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/14/google_news_editor/

Google lets puny humans choose the news

So much for brave new world

By John Oates

Posted in Applications, 14th June 2010 12:16 GMT

Google News has introduced human editors - a step away from the site's supposed superior news-sniffing algorithms.

The news aggregation site last week introduced an "Editor's Picks" section. This allows editors from a small number of selected sites choose their own favourite news stories.

Google said the change was a small experiment - one of between 50 and 200 it runs at any one time on its various websites.

It told Nieman Journalism Lab, which spotted the change, that it was a short experiment and publishers were not paying for the privilege of taking part.

The self-promotion section contains five headlines chosen from the editor's own site. ®