Provide a publication date to Google News

Google News uses a variety of ways to try to determine an article’s time and date for display. You can help ensure we get it right by using the following methods:

  • Show one clear date and time: It’s required that articles show both a clear, visible date and time to be considered in Google News. Ideally, position these between the headline and the article text. 

  • Don’t artificially freshen stories: If an article has been substantially changed, it can make sense to give it a fresh date and time. However, it’s against our guidelines to artificially freshen a story without adding significant information or some other compelling reason for the freshening. Also, do not create a very slightly updated story from one previously published, then delete the old story and redirect to the new one. That's against our article URLs guidelines.

  • Use structured data: Use the datePublished and/or dateModified fields with the correct time zone (see guidelines for AMP and non-AMP pages).

  • Use sitemaps entries with publication dates: If you created a Google News sitemap, the sitemap entry for this article needs a <publication_date> tag. Each URL needs to include the article publication date in W3C format.

  • Review general guidance on dates: See our help page about how Google generally determines dates for more detailed advice.


If our crawler has trouble finding an article's date or determines the publication date of an article is older than 2 days, we may not be able to include it in Google News. If you suspect this is happening to your new articles, we recommend following the tips above to display the date more explicitly and help our system include your content.  

If you find the date shown doesn’t appear to be accurate, consider the tips above. Also consider preventing other dates from appearing on the page whenever possible, like those for related stories.

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