Sir Richard Hotham, the 18th century property developer and politician, is widely acknowledged as the founder of Bognor (before the royal suffix Regis was added); the man who put the town firmly on the map.
Now, more than 200 years later, we too are on the map here at Bognor News. That’s because we have just been granted a prestigious accreditation by Google, the online search engine that processes more than 40,000 search queries every second; that’s a mind-boggling 3.5 billion searches per day and, wait for it, 1.2 trillion searches each year worldwide.
Having our stories as visible as possible online is crucial. Google is one of the biggest online authorities and we are very much encouraged by their endorsement of what we are doing and to be considered as an authoritative news source by Google News is a huge fillip.
In my experience in main stream media as a journalist I know only too well that exposing stories to greater coverage and subsequent narrative is a big boon. In fact, there are so many benefits. And as far as recruitment is concerned it can only be an enticement to attracting journalists who want their work to have as big as online audience as possible.
Ryan Ewen, Head of Digital at Falbros Media Group – the tech company behind Bognor.News, is delighted with the accreditation and says the endorsement is a fitting reward for the team’s dedication and editorial nous. He said: “Being an accredited Google news source is a big step forward for Bognor News and something that we have worked hard on over the past six months.
“This status builds on our intention to be the leading online news source for Bognor by providing quality, reliable and expertly structured news coupled with the benefits of increased traffic which is associated with this status.”