What a daily newspaper and its parent company are learning as staff experiment with Amazon Alexa 7/24/17


By Jennifer Nelson, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Although news stories can be fed automatically from a CMS to Alexa-equipped devices like the Amazon Echo, Christopher Biondi, senior director of digital development at GateHouse Media, believes tailoring the content to the new platform is the best way to provide a good listening experience.

This is just one takeaway GateHouse newspaper leaders are learning as they try out the voice assistant technology. The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch is one of the newspapers hand-picking its content.

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Journalists, let's create stories for Alexa 6/6/17

"Alexa, tell me how to make chilaquiles."

This was one of the conversational commands University of Southern California journalism students programmed when creating a new skill for the Amazon Echo device that uses Alexa voice-powered technology. Chilaquiles is a Mexican dish made with corn tortillas and chili sauce, but this story wasn't just about a recipe.

The students put themselves in the place of their users and thought Amazon Echo would be an interesting device to experiment with.

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