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I have a new site that is compiling news stories on a particular topic. What criteria does Google look for in a news source?
You can apply online at: [google.com...]
When your stories do get indexed they will expire from Google news search results after 30 days.
I was rejected several times before my sites were eventually accepted. If you are rejected ask why and then make the changes they suggest.
Also, the problem I mentioned earlier seems to be affecting all publishers Indexed by Google news. Try a search on Google news for "Reuters", which is one of the larger news wire services in the world and the number of stories in the search results will vary from 26,900 to 13,500 to 0 each time you refresh the search. Some searches for recent news stories are returning 0 results. I suspect something is very broken.