Classifying the News: Metadata as Structures of Visibility and Compliance with Tech Standards

Lisa Merete Kristensen, Jannick Kirk Sørensen

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Metadata tags are key to visibility in today’s datafied world as they organize news articles through meta-information that allows news to be recognized by algorithms and disseminated across the web. For the news media, this means that news must be classified according to predefined categories. This chapter examines metatags of 260 European news websites and determines the extent to which they apply metatags that allow webpages to be featured in Google search results. Furthermore, the chapter examines how media organizations are compliant with the metadata library of, which is organized by, among others, Yandex, Google and the World Wide Web Consortium. While a majority of media are compliant with Google and libraries, only a few large organizations utilize these to the full extent. Finally, the chapter discusses the impact for mediated public formation in the context of access to information via the news delivered through search engines.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDataPublics : The Construction of Publics in Datafied Democracies
EditorsJannie Møller Hartley, Jannick Kirk Sørensen, David Mathieu
PublisherBristol University Press
Publication date31 Jul 2023
ISBN (Print)9781529228625
ISBN (Electronic)9781529228632, 9781529228649
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2023

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