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The Washington Post created a tool to measure the speed of its breaking news email alerts

Nieman Lab

A new tool developed by The Washington Post called BreakFast is helping the Post measure the speed of its breaking news email alerts against other news organizations. BreakFast monitors alerts from the Post and nine other news organizations and parses the alerts to determine if the topic is the same as previous alerts. BreakFast then tracks how quickly the alert is sent, whether the alert is something that’s been covered before, and if an alert could be considered spam if two or more news organizations send an alert about the same topic. Washington Post data scientist Shuguang Wang says BreakFast has helped the Post increase the speed of its breaking news email alerts by 80 percent.

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