Local publishers should pay attention to the rise of smart speakers

Joe Amditis
Jun 15, 2017 · 4 min read
USC journalism students Cristina Galvan, left, and Almond Li worked on stories for Alexa in the “Advanced Journalism for Mobile and Emerging Platforms” class. Photo by Alan Middlesteadt via MediaShift.

“There’s a lot of potential here for public newsrooms, even local ones,” they explain. “Smart speakers are expanding the parts of the day in which listeners have easy access to your content. The platforms they’re running seem well-suited to hard news.”

No word yet as to how publishers might monetize this new on-demand audio format, although that didn’t seem to stop people from falling all over themselves trying to figure out how to use Snapchat for news. (Behold exhibits A, B, C, D, and E.)


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Joe is the associate director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University and the host of the WTF Just Happened Today? podcast.

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Experiments in Mobile News Innovation from the Center for Cooperative Media