The Google News Blog announced that the leading article will contain the Google + profile information of the author, when available. This is being rolled out in the upcoming weeks to the English Google News portal.
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Google said, "When reporters link their Google profile with their articles, Google News now shows the writer’s name and how many Google+ users have that person in their circles. For the lead article for each story, Google News also shows that reporter’s profile picture and enables readers to add them to their Google+ circles right from the Google News homepage."
Craig from the Google News team said in a Google News Help thread:
Beginning today, we're making it easier to let your audience know who's writing the articles they read. With this new feature, readers can easily access an author's Google profile, allowing them to learn more about the reporter and the site that they write for, and add them to their Google+ circles. This is also useful to the authors themselves, enabling interest-based communities to form around them as identified contributors. To learn more about this new feature, please check out our official blog post: http://goo.gl/Jz8Wi
To get started with the authorship feature, visit our Help Center article: http://goo.gl/Jrb2i
If you have any questions or comments on the feature, please let us know!
Forum discussion at Google News Help.