Google News can provide all of the latest headlines for the area you are currently residing in, based on the location you enter. However, if you’re only using a town name to personalise this part of the news then you’re potentially missing out on an even wider range of news stories. In the sidebar over to the right, all of the local news stories will be presented in a list underneath your chosen location. However, by clicking on the ‘Change location’ link you will see an option called ‘Automatically determine my geographic area’ with a checkbox to tick. When you activate this feature, Google News will provide a wider range of headlines based on its sourcing – and best of all, if you then log into Google News in a different location, you will automatically see all of the news for that area listed. So you can constantly stay abreast of local news without having to lift a finger to physically find it out. Here we guide you through the process of accessing and then setting up this useful feature to help ensure that no local news passes you by, so you will always know exactly what is going on, no matter where you are.
Widen your local news search
1: Check your sidebar While logged into Google News, activate the sidebar over to the right (if it isn’t activated by default, click on the arrow icon to the far-right of the Top Stories bar at the top of the page).
2: Click on ‘Change location’ Once the right sidebar is up, scroll down and you will see your current location displayed along with the local news headlines underneath. Click on the ‘Change location’ link next to the location.
3: Click new option As well as changing your current location, you can tick the box that says ‘Automatically determine my geographic area’ to widen the net of local news and deliver news automatically wherever you are.
4: Save changes After you have ticked the option box, click on ‘Save changes’ and you will be provided with more news stories that stem from further afield than your previous location news stream.
Fine-tuning sources to get pure news
Receive less press release and blog material
1 To reduce the amount of press releases and blog posts in your news feeds, start by clicking the cog icon in the top-right corner to bring up your News Settings.
2 Scroll down to the Adjust Sources area. This lists all your preselected news sources – the ones providing content for your news feed. Click on the Settings link.
3 On the source settings page you will see a section called Sources. Click on the ‘Fewer’ or ‘None’ options for Blogs and Press Releases, then click on ‘Save changes’.