Yes, Google just removed the ability to open their images using their popular "View Image" option. Crazy how useful that was; but didn't it make us too dependent on it, anyway? If you're one of those who will miss this terribly, you can always right-click the image and open it in a new tab, which isolates the image as before.
Otherwise, one is directed to visit the sponsored webpage that hosts that image- it may be Google's way of ensuring that we all use copyrighted images more responsibly...and consciously. And that is not a bad idea, particularly if you work with students. Creating a newspaper relies on appropriate pictures: they need to enhance your stories; they can be B&W; they can be vivid color; they can set the tone of your stories, arguably more than text can.
So how can you find and use public domain images more easily in Google? Here's a tip when searching for images using the monster search engine. Sure you could always go to some established websites that provide copyright free images but if you insist on using Google, try out that nifty little TOOLS button after clicking IMAGES. Ever go there? This overlooked feature gives the end user some awesome filters for images, such as time, size, and type. Need only drawings and not actual photos? Use the Type filter. Looking for only new images? Utilize that Time option. But the story here is finding public domain pictures that are legal to reuse. And to find those, you'll need to click the Usage Rights drop-down for images that are labeled to reuse. Any of these have been marked for you to copy and paste into your newspaper, or optionally, to do a Save As, and then Insert into the newspaper template.
Scott, Founder of Build a Newspaper