Google announced Saturday that news organizations can add "standout" metadata tags to their best stories and the U.S. edition of Google News may include a "featured" label when it displays a link to the story. There's no guarantee "standout" stories will be featured, the company said.
If a news provider puts the standout tag on more than seven stories in a week, Google's algorithm won't factor in the tag from that company as much, or may ignore it, Google warned. News organizations can also use a standout tag to highlight strong work by other providers.
The plan was announced at the Online News Association conference in Boston.