When the Virginia shooting happened last week, the staff at Al Jazeera English didn’t get the news from a wire service. It wasn’t Twitter either. Instead, they got an alert on Slack.
That’s right, Slack, the trendy real-time messaging app that has quickly become ubiquitous in so many newsrooms.
Al Jazeera has a custom bot that is constantly on the lookout for breaking news. When it finds something that’s ‘breaking’, it sends a Slack message to the team.
Reuters tweeted out the news before sending an alert on its wire, and that’s when Al Jazeera’s breaking news Slack channel received an update.
The bot was built around two weeks ago by Alaa Batayneh, producer and data analyst at Al Jazeera English’s online department.
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