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12/17/13
Original Poster
Stacie C. - Google Search

Google News Archive update

Hi everyone, 

We are performing a much needed facelift on our News Archive search function as we swap out an old system for an improved one. We are focusing engineering resources on building this new system, and as a result, for the next several months users will only be able to access archived stories through Google Search (google.com), as explained in our Help Center article.

Best,
Stacie
The Google News team
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Mike_P.
12/17/13
Mike_P.
Hi Stacie,

Will the improved system allow for advanced searches (by sources, dates, keywords, phrases, etc.) of newspapers at http://news.google.com/newspapers ?

Where will you announce that the new system is available for use? Google News Blog at http://googlenewsblog.blogspot.com/ ?

Thanks.

Natty
Mark Nowlin
12/17/13
Mark Nowlin
Oooooo, this was a huge blow for me. I was in the beginning stages of a book project in which I relied heavily on the newspaper archive for research. If you are truly re-architecting, please do restore the search capabilities across the content archive.

I don't like the looks of this. First Google abandoned the entire archiving project, began to strip out content from the archive, and then inch by inch over the past year or so reduced access to and search capabilities of the content that remains. Then they posted instructions that don't work in their Help Center article.

The newspaper archive is static, non-revenue content to serve up at a cost. Why on Google Earth would they allocate precious engineering resources to build a new system for it?

Hate to say it, but I'd start saving up for the paid archive subscriptions, my friends.
Eric Author
12/21/13
Eric Author
Please, please restore the functionality of searching a specified range of dates across all newspapers as soon as possible. Removing this functionality has rendered the News Archive moot as a research tool, and restoring it will restore a basic usability. It's like the library has removed the card catalog (either the old version or OPAC) and you have to go looking through the stacks of books to find information hoping to stumble across what you are seeking. Its pointless.
Graham Osteen
12/23/13
Graham Osteen
Hello.
My family's newspaper - The Sumter, S.C. Item - was one of the newpapers that willingly provided our own microfilm archives to be scanned.....it was with the understanding that you would provide this data back to us in a usable form.....the access would be both online and on a physical disc.....can you address this, or put me in touch with someone who can?
Thanks very much.
Graham Osteen
Co-owner, Osteen Publishing Co., Sumter, S.C. 
Founded 1894
graham...@gmail.com
843-307-0196
bohomoth
12/23/13
bohomoth
Thanks Stacie!
Mike_P.
12/23/13
Mike_P.
Richard Gingras is Google's Sr. Director, News & Social Products. Maybe he could help. According to his website at http://www.richardgingras.com/ his email address is gree...@richardgingras.com. He also appears to be on Twitter at @richardgingras or https://twitter.com/richardgingras.

On Monday, December 23, 2013 8:12:42 AM UTC-6, Graham Osteen wrote:

.....can you address this, or put me in touch with someone who can?
12/27/13
Original Poster
Stacie C. - Google Search
Hi everyone, 

For all newspaper publishers in the archive program who have questions about the status of the digitized files, please contact Laura Driussi, ldri...@google.com.  

Graham, Laura will be in touch with you shortly.

Best, 
Stacie
jodiefostermuseum
12/29/13
jodiefostermuseum
Hi Stacie,

I second all of the above requests for restoring the newspaper archive search from pre-2011, including source, timeline, date, keyword etc search across all newspapers within the archive. As mentioned elsewhere the changes were totally unasked-for and against Google's own principle #1. Since no Google exec ever commented on that issue in years, one can only assume the truth is there a conflicts with paid services like Proquest, Newspaperarchive.com or publishers and as a consequence you made access worse/impossible to not violate other principles.
Anthony Princiotti
2/27/14
Anthony Princiotti
Dear Stacie,

Another problem with the archive that's cropped up over the last 6 to 9 months is that the browser "back" button doesn't work properly, no matter what browser I use.  For instance, if I want to look at PIttsburgh Press articles from early to mid January of 1933, I find the link for the paper archive, click on it, and thumbnails of the paper are displayed organized by decades.  In my example, I'd click on the 1930s, which would bring up links to individual years; I'd find 1933 and click on that, which would bring up links to individual months; I'd click on the January link, and individual days are listed.  Now, say I choose to click on and look at the Jan. 7th edition of the paper; if I read a bit and decide I want to look at the Jan. 8th edition of the paper, I hit the browser back button, expecting to see thumbnail links for individual days in Jan. 1933, which was my previous "step".  Instead, I'm brought back to the very first display, showing the archive organized by decades.  It's incredibly frustrating.
NewsMaker
2/27/14
NewsMaker
I have also noticed that more than 6 months, the news do not show up.
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J. Clemens
1/1/19
J. Clemens
Hi Stacie,

Thanks for providing this important change to the system. Will be on the watch for the new and improved to come online. Is there a ETA on the completion?

Kind Regards,

James
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