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The New York Times expands its briefing series on Alexa

Expect news briefings, quizzes, book recommendations and more.
Kris Holt, @krisholt
January 11, 2019
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The New York Times is expanding its slate of audio programming to Alexa, with dedicated daily news briefings, quizzes and arts and travel coverage. On weekdays, the paper will offer a news briefing hosted by The Daily's Michael Barbaro. Once you've activated the skill by saying "Alexa, enable The New York Times Briefing," you can hear a rundown of the day's top stories by requesting your flash briefing or asking "what's in the news?" Alternatively, you can ask the voice assistant to play the latest installment of The Daily.

On Fridays, you can test your knowledge of recent events with the publication's news quiz. Meanwhile, to kick off the NYT's latest audio offerings, this Sunday's print paper will include Alexa prompts, such as to hear book recommendations, roundups of the latest pop music and dispatches from the reporter who's visiting every destination on this year's 52 Places To Go list. The paper will regularly update those features.

The Alexa experiment seems to be part of the NYT's broader push into multimedia. A half-hour documentary show called The Weekly is in the works, and is set to debut on FX and Hulu sometime this year.

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