Across the United States, local news organizations are disappearing. What is more sad is that the deceptive and manipulative media are gradually replacing the local news organizations. Today, more than ever, local news organizations in the United States rely on attracting readers’ attention to generate online advertising revenue. But in a new study, Google News has found that readers are guided to read large national media articles rather than local media. < / P > < p > the Washington Post conducted a survey of Google News, testing the search results of a group of queries in different counties in the United States. The test method is to change the location of the browser to each county in the United States when querying the content. Then use similar keywords to search and collect news results on many different topics on Google. < / P > < p > the questions used by the Washington Post are mainly about local topics, such as “mayor” and “school board”, as well as widely concerned topics, such as “President” and “government shutdown”. Then, the source media of news results are divided into “national” or “local”. < / P > < p > for example, USA today will be classified as a national newspaper, while Portland Tribune is a local newspaper. The survey conducted about 96000 searches and screened nearly 9000 channel sources from more than 12 million search results. < / P > < p > it is obvious from the survey that the search results of local content query will show more local media sites, but once the query content is more extensive, the main source of display is national media sites. < / P > < p > researchers have found that few people look beyond the first page of search results; in fact, most people only look at the first or two links. Google News usually shows more national media at the top of search results, even for local search. < / P > < p > for example, this paper investigates the proportion of local and national search results of Google News “early voting” before the 2020 election (October 26). Some people who search for the word will no doubt want information about local or state early voting. < / P > < p > however, only 20% of the top 10 results came from local media. National media is the most common source of search results, so it is more likely to be hit. In addition, in the first two search results, the probability of national media coverage is 56%. About 74% of the time, the preferred source of Google news shows is almost national media. < / P > < p > the study also investigated whether the number of local news sources displayed in search results would be affected by the number of local news media. The conclusion is that no matter the number of local media in a region is large or small, the chance to see local news media in Google news search results is the same. First of all, the algorithm of Google news seems to have been adjusted to give priority to the display of national media content. As a result, local news media have little place on the search page. < / P > < p > secondly, even in the face of some topics that may be looking for local news, Google news does not seem to change its mode of giving priority to large national news organizations. This shows that the search algorithm does not consider the topic, and does not make any efforts to help the local news media improve the ranking of search results. < / P > < p > it is worth mentioning that more and more Americans are turning to Facebook and other social media platforms for news. But even less is known about how youtube, twitter and Facebook algorithms recommend content to users, and how other news portals choose and organize content. Given that a large proportion of Americans rely on these platforms for news, they are more likely to influence citizens’ news sources, political understanding and common sense than Google News. SpaceX beat blue origin and Northrop Grumman to win a $316 million air force contract

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