Start your day with a narration of local news stories, including the weather and a local event, with The Greeley Tribune’s new audio news offerings.
The Tribune’s daily news is now available on Amazon Alexa and Google Home smart speakers, as well as other streaming services. Teresa Ristow, Tribune engagement editor, said the new platform establishes another way to connect residents with what’s happening in their neighborhoods.
“We’re trying to find our readers on the platforms and the devices that they use,” Ristow said. “You could be getting ready in the morning or cooking your breakfast and … get an idea of what the biggest news of the day is and something to do that afternoon or evening for fun.”
The 2-3 minute briefings, read by a narrator, will be updated by 5 a.m. each weekday. In addition to the smart speakers, the updates are available on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify and Google Play.
According to a study from Edison Research and National Public Radio, about 43 million U.S. residents own a smart speaker, with up to 37 percent of those smart speaker owners listening to more than two hours of news on the devices each week. Nate Miller, Tribune editor, said the technology is a cutting-edge way to deliver the news.
“A lot of times people don’t think of a newspaper as necessarily being (cutting edge),” Miller said. “I think it’s really cool we’re able to offer our audience another way to connect with us and to engage with our content.”
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Ristow said the content of the daily audio updates are curated to provide engaging, local news, but might change to meet new demands as feedback comes in. To give feedback, email [email protected].
For more information about The Tribune’s smart speaker offerings, go to http://www.GreeleyTribune.com/smart-device. To learn about sponsorship opportunities with the Tribune’s audio news offerings, email Bryce Jacobson, Tribune publisher, at [email protected].
— Trevor Reid covers business news for The Tribune. Connect with Trevor at (970) 392-4492, [email protected] or on Twitter, @treid71.
How to enable The Tribune on your smart speaker
The Greeley Tribune offers daily audio news content each weekday, beginning at 5 a.m. on the Amazon Alexa and Google Home smart speakers. Here’s how to have top local news stories read to you each day on your smart speaker.
On Amazon Alexa:
» Flash Briefing: Search for “Greeley Tribune” on your Amazon Alexa app, and click “Enable.” To hear the latest, ask Alexa: “Alexa, what’s in the news?” or Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?” If you’re listening to other flash briefings, set the order you wish to receive your updates in under Settings in the app.
» Skill: After enabling the skill, ask Alexa, “Alexa, what’s the latest from Greeley Tribune?”
On Google Home:
» Narrative News: Ask your Google Home, “OK Google, what’s the latest from Greeley Tribune?”, “OK Google, play Greeley Tribune” or “OK Google, open Greeley Tribune.”
» To add the Tribune as a default news provider, open the Google Home app. Tap, “More settings,” then “News.” Then tap, “Add news sources” and tap the check mark next Greeley Tribune. Then say, “OK Google” or “Hey Google,” “Catch me up,” “Listen to the news,” or “Tell me the news.” Change the order of your default news providers by tapping “Change order” and dragging the source by the hashmark.
» Conversational Action: Ask your Google Home, “OK Google, talk to Greeley Tribune.”