Rivet partners with The Dallas Morning News to create audio content and Flash Briefing skill for Amazon’s Alexa speakers
CHICAGO, Nov. 2, 2017 — The Dallas Morning News is the latest media company partnering with Rivet to reach listeners at home through Amazon’s line of Echo smart speakers. Dallas News (TDMN) has launched a three-month pilot delivering audio newscasts featuring its stories via Alexa.
Listeners can access this “Flash Briefing” by enabling the “Dallas News” skill on Echo devices and then asking simply, “Alexa, what’s in the news?”
“Home smart speakers are booming, and opening a new channel for media companies to reach their audiences with audio content. Specifically for television and print media companies, this new channel provides an opportunity to maintain and grow their audiences,” said Rivet CEO John MacLeod. “Our goal at Rivet is to bring media companies into the smart-speaker channel and partner with them through the continuing technological advancements.”
“At The Dallas Morning News, we understand the potential impact the home speaker market may have on how our subscribers consume news,” said Eric Evans, Product Manager. “We are taking advantage of voice-first devices to continue to deliver the highest quality content to our audience, and will continue to advance our offerings as new technologies develop.”
Flash Briefing and other custom Alexa skills Rivet is delivering for partners including Dallas News are just the latest in a long list of innovations meeting customers’ unique “smart audio” needs. Its proprietary content management system powers delivery of audio news to smartphone and website users, idle on-hold call participants and retail sound systems.
Rivet is a “smart audio” creation and distribution company. From its studios in Chicago, it produces award-winning journalism—including news stories licensed by The Associated Press and Deloitte’s Resilient podcast.