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I'm not surprised that your content would get into Google News. There's been a good bit of discussion in the online news (ie professional media) community about the lax standards, which allow press releases and student papers to be presented on a par with the New York Times.
Thanks for the feedback. My news is indeed real news. e.g. articles about local council decisions, civil development, tourism, environmental issues, etc. I just wonder if the area is too niche for something like Google news. I would like to know if people with niche news producing only 2 or 3 articles a day are included in Google news.
I would assume if you would see your news showing up and referred to in other media, that would help.
Keep us informed of what happens, I particularly am interested in the ins and outs of local council decisions for a council in Scotland. I am hoping to do something the same as you but perhaps for a different reason. I don't think Google will add mine - mine would be kinda like private-eye format and content only worse.