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Google is teaming up with one the UK’s biggest regional news publishers in a bid to find new ways of making local digital journalism viable in a world dominated by social media.

The tech giant is working with Archant, the company behind more than 50 newspaper titles across the country, on an experimental project that hopes to save local news.

It is understood that the partnership involves several million pounds of funding from Google.

According to Press Gazette research published earlier this year, 43 UK local news titles closed in 2018 while 29 were launched.

New all-digital news platforms separate from Archant’s existing portfolio will be built, aimed at up to three UK communities.

The properties will be 100% owned and operated by the Norwich-headquartered firm, with support and expertise from the Google News Initiative.

“We will endeavour over the next three years to launch three new community websites in communities in the UK that have been identified as being under-served by local news, either because the existing news provider has withered away to nothing as has happened in many

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