Links for Published Skills

SJSU News:

https://www.amazon.com/SJSU-mcom-107-News/dp/B07CQVMK98/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-skills&ie=UTF8&qid=1525301208&sr=1-1&keywords=sjsu+news

California News:

https://www.amazon.com/SJSU-School-Journalism-Mass-Communications/dp/B07C728CYG/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-skills&ie=UTF8&qid=1525301208&sr=1-2&keywords=sjsu+news

SJSU Crime Watch

https://skills-store.amazon.com/deeplink/dp/B07CSP28LK?deviceType=app&share&refSuffix=ss_copy

California Voter Guide

https://alexa.amazon.com/spa/index.html#skills/dp/B07CM1G782/?ref=skill_dsk_skb_sr_0&qid=1525364323

California Speaks — Not Yet Certified.

 

California News Weekly Update 3 April 2n

Team Name (tag this post with your team name as well):

California News

What we did the past week:

Made sure we stay with our determined scheduled of posting, so that the app was ready for full publication.

Issues we had with gathering material (finding sources, verifying facts, interviews, etc.):

No issues with finding sources or material.

Issues we had with producing the content (writing, recording, editing, etc.):

We had no issues with producing the content, beyond the publishing issues we discussed with Julie with Get Storyline.

Technical issues (with WordPress or Alexa, etc.):

No technical issues with either.

What we are going to do this week. Things to improve. Who is doing what:

We will be maintaining our current posting schedule. With publication now active, we will be looking forward to enacting our advertising plan.

How we are going to test our skill this week:

We will be testing our skill with a variety of users, trying to incorporate as much feedback as we can.

Help we need:

Just advising on how to enact our advertising plan and running the skill through its publication phase.

 

SJSU Crime Watch User Interviews

John said there should be markers so that the user can clearly distinguish between the three or two stories that are in that day’s bulletin. Most of the people who we interviewed said that the bulletin is very informational but some of the terminology was a little confusing for them to understand, especially some of the police terms. Most of the listeners agreed that we should continue recording the crime update in our own voice because it sounds more conversational and is easier to understand than Alexa’s voice.

Some suggestions they offered were to include more information that may not be related to crime. For example, Max suggested we also include traffic information. Considering that people will most likely listen to SJSU Crime Watch when they are getting ready for the day and would be interested in dangerous traffic or weather conditions on that day.

Elyse: Selina’s roommate

Maya: Selina’s roommate

Lili: Selina’s friend

Amy: Selina’s boss

Max: Selina’s friend

May: Vinny’s mom

John: Vinny’s dad

Jaleny: Vinny’s friend

Keiana: Vinny’s friend

Riley: Vinny’s roommate

California Speaks update of 4/25

Team Name (tag this post with your team name as well): California Speaks

What we did the past week: Fully implemented the search function (“search for {term}”) in the skill, and have uploading of files reside on Amazon S3 (not any personal server).

Issues we had with gathering material (finding sources, verifying facts, interviews, etc.):

Issues we had with producing the content (writing, recording, editing, etc.): It looks like California Speaks won’t be updating for a while, so there won’t be new content in the near future.

Technical issues (with WordPress or Alexa, etc.): I struggled with running ffmpeg on AWS, it’s just running manually on my laptop for now.

Other questions we ran into:

What we are going to do this week. Things to improve. Who is doing what: Publish the skill, and respond to user feedback.

How we are going to test our skill this week: Go through the flow diagram and make sure each path works as expected.

Help we need: