“We always want our readers to be informed, so we’re excited to bring breaking news notifications to Alexa,” said Joseph Price, senior product manager at The Post. “Most importantly, we’re being selective of the news we surface, and we’ll continue to learn how users want to receive information using a voice service.”
To start receiving updates, Alexa users need to opt-in to notifications for The Washington Post skill in their Alexa app. When a notification is available, Echo devices will chime once and the halo will flash green. Then users may ask, “Alexa, what are my notifications?” or “Alexa, what did I miss?” to hear breaking news. The Post alerts expire so that only the latest news will be announced.
The Post skill will be updated with the functionality in the coming weeks.