Google will launch digital news sites to fill the void left by the closure of local newspapers

Google’s new initiative, called the Compass Experiment, rolled out in March with the goal of providing local news coverage to three small to mid-sized U.S. communities that are underserved. The company announced that Youngstown has been selected as the inaugural city for its news initiative. The Compass Experiment is part of the Google News Initiative, an effort launched by Google in March 2018. As part of the initiative, Google committed to spend 300 million dollars over three years on a variety of local journalism projects. Two additional cities will be selected for the experiment in the next months.