Newsknife has just produced a ranking of the Top News Sites of 2007, based on its study of the listings of over 3,800 news sites in Google News through the past year.
The Top News Sites of 2007 compiled by Newsknife's analysis of listings by news sites at Google News during 2007 are:
1 New York Times
2 Voice of America
4 Washington Post
5 ABC News
6 Houston Chronicle
8 Times Online, UK
11 Los Angeles Times
12 Associated Press
Newsknife's ratings are based on monitoring the main US-oriented Google News site. Its Top 12 for 2007 suggests a trend towards US-based news sites, compared with previous years.
As I reported earlier this year in a post entitled, "Was Google's AP announcement a PR disaster?", the big event was the late-August debut of several major wire services at Google News. Calculated on an annual basis, Associated Press made Newsknife's Top 12 this year and Newsknife expects to see it climb in 2008.
In the Newsknife rankings posted today, there is a section entitled, "Associated Press winning the numbers game." Newsknife takes a closer look at November 2007 rankings and observes, "It looks like Associated Press could be taking up the position of greatest volume supplier of news items to Google News."
Of course, one month of data does not a trend make. Still, it reinforces a recommendation that I made back in September: "Pitch your next big story directly to one of the 3,000 AP journalists in one of the more than more than 240 AP bureaus worldwide. If they write a story, it has a better chance of appearing in Google News than any of the “duplicate articles” that might appear in one of the thousands of daily newspaper, radio, television and online customers that AP serves."