Google is partnering with WordPress/Automatic to develop a low-cost system specifically designed for publishing local news.
Google says that it has invested 1.2 million into creating the Newspack platform. Development in Newspack will be starting on coming weeks and will be available to publishers worldwide later this year.
Google says about the Newspack development-
“Journalists should be writing stories and covering their communities, not worrying about designing websites, configuring CMSs, or building commerce systems. Their publishing platform should solve these problems for them.”
Publishers on Newspack will have access to all plugins created by the WordPress developer community.
Newspack is specifically created to help small publishers write more stories. Google says on a article
“It is trying to help small publishers succeed by building best practices into the product while removing distractions that may divert scarce resources. We like to call it “an opinionated CMS:” it knows the right thing to do, even when you don’t.”