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Klaxon helps journalists track newsworthy website changes

Klaxon, an open-source tool from The Marshall Project, allows reporters to monitor a specific part of a website and sends them notifications when there are notable updates.

The Marshall Project, a non-profit news organisation that covers the criminal justice system in the United States, has developed a free and open-source tool that allows reporters and editors to track websites of interest and receive notifications via Slack or email when newsworthy changes happen.

The news organisation has been using the tool, called Klaxon, internally for more than two years, and the latest public version was made available last month, after The Marshall Project had already received some feedback from early adopters.

The installation instructions are available on GitHub and Klaxon is hosted on a platform called Heroku, although it can also be set up on a different server according to each newsroom’s preferences.

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