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

SJSU Crime Watch Marketing Plan

SJSU Crime Watch is an Alexa skill catered to SJSU students and staff or anyone who may be interested in crime activity around campus. We plan on growing our audience through social media engagement and advertisements. We will add the name of our skill to our email signature, post about it on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. Snap and Instagram stories have a feature that allows you to link websites to a post on our story which makes it easy for anyone viewing our story to visit our Alexa skill page.

We will also buy an advertisement in the Spartan Daily and the Metro as well as a radio ad in SJSU’s student-run radio station. Another way we will try to get users is by raffling prizes for people who enable our skill. People can enter by enabling our skill and retweeting/reposting our tweets and Instagram posts. Then we will pick a winner at random and they will win an Amazon Echo that our team will purchase with our budget.


Weekly Status Update

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

What we did the past week: Posted one flash briefing. Gathered info for one in-depth story.

Issues we had with gathering material (finding sources, verifying facts, interviews, etc.): The material is not posted on the SJSU crime bulletin in real time so we have to wait 24 hours before we can see it. Our posts will include events from the previous day instead of the day of publication.

Issues we had with producing the content (writing, recording, editing, etc.): None

Technical issues (with WordPress or Alexa, etc.): Vinny cannot access storyline.

Other questions we ran into: None

What we are going to do this week. Things to improve. Who is doing what: This week we will produce an in-depth story and update SJSU Crime Watch skill every day or as many days as there is content on the crime log.

How we are going to test our skill this week: Ask Alexa to read the in-depth story.

Help we need: Ideas for future in-depth stories.

Selina Ramirez, Week 6, Revised Script

On February 14 we found ourselves reading the headline we know all too well: A man walked into an American school with a gun and took the lives of 17 people. We are once again faced with the difficult question: What can we do to prevent these senseless acts of violence? I spoke with a college student who shared her thoughts on a possible solution.

Law enforcement officials revealed that the shooter legally owned the assault rifle he used at the Florida high school.

Survivors of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School are leading the movement toward what they hope will be a change in policies that make it easy for guns to fall in the hands of the wrong people.

“In most other countries you have to go through background checks, you have to take a psych exam, you have to see a doctor and all of these things before you can have a gun.”

They blame politicians and the National Rifle Association for the the gun laws they say are too lenient.

“We’re not at war in this country so there’s no reason for a random citizen to have a gun and be walking around with one in the first place.”

The teenagers leading this movement are calling on politicians to end their ties with the NRA and create laws banning assault rifles like the ones used in so many of the mass shootings in America.

Salvatore and Selina Script Revised

Ortega is an economist, professor, powerlifter and hopes to soon add California lieutenant governor to the list. A firm believer in the power of the individual and the value of education, Ortega wishes to take her role as advocate for students to the state capitol. Salvatore Maxwell reports.

We are at Ortega’s office in the economics department where her busy schedule teaching and running a campaign keeps her moving from one place to the next.

During her time as economics department chair at San Jose State, Ortega has seen firsthand the difficulties students face paying for school and working with limited resources.

“I don’t underestimate what the trustees know but sometimes they need to hear a story about what has happened to the students and where they’re being hurt the most on this.” 0:43

She plans to spend a big part of her time voicing student’s concerns if she is elected lieutenant governor.

“That means going to the campuses. Going up and down California and both listening and talking to constituents to tell them what’s going on in Sacramento and to take their concerns back to Sacramento.” 0:17

Ortega recognizes that it will not be possible to achieve her goals at the state legislature level without compromise.

“I had training on that since I was a child.” 1:22

Mediating the arguments between her republican mother and her democratic father taught Ortega the art of compromise.

“They fought a lot and I was the peacemaker. I was the one that found the common ground.” 1:29

Her parent’s arguments allowed Ortega to understand two different political views but it was neither her mom nor dad that influenced her decision to register as a republican.

“What made me think about a particular party was Milton Friedman.” 2:45

Ortega was in college when she first heard the Nobel prize-winning economist’s ideas about the free market.

“I said I agree with this. I agree with the rational thinking, with the logic that he’s presenting and then I looked for the party that supported that agreement and that would have been the republican party.”

Ortega has never let anything stop her from pursuing something she wanted. She admits feeling defeated at times when things like sexism threatened to put her behind but she did not let it stop her.

“I pulled myself up by my bootstraps.” 13:34

The run for lieutenant governor is just another challenge Ortega is ready to take.

Week 5 Homework Task 5 – Selina

How often do you lose your car keys, TV remote or cellphone?

If you’re anything like me,

all the time.

I sit down on the couch and realize,

aw man,

I do not have my phone.

So I immediately get up and search for it. Since my phone is usually always in my hand I never really know in which room of the house I left it. Other times I will look for it all over only to realize it is in my backpack or a coat pocket. The same goes for my car keys and the TV remote. Both seem to find a way of ending up in

small ,

hard to see places. Wouldn’t it be great if we could ask Alexa to tell us where we left our phone or car keys? Our phones are already equipped with locating technology and Alexa has the ability to decipher between different rooms in a house with the smart home technology.


there was a way to give Alexa

access to the tracking feature on our phone and install that same technology

into car keys or TV remotes, we would save ourselves the

task of looking for our keys on the days we cannot be late or searching all over the house for our phone only to realize we left it in the car. This new skill would allow us to say “Alexa, where are my keys?” and

Alexa would locate the keys and respond with something like “Your keys are in the kitchen,” or “Your phone is in the bathroom.”

Week 4 Assignment Task 2 (Selina)

On February 14 we found ourselves reading the horrible headline we know all too well: A man walked into an American school with a gun and took the lives of 17 kids and teachers. Many of us asked ourselves: What can be done to prevent another tragedy of this magnitude? Is the solution in the hands of lawmakers in Washington? Does the problem lie in the educational system? Or is the issue of mass shootings a public health one? Today we talk to the New York Time’s John Doe about what he thinks can be done to prevent mass shootings.

John Doe: The first thing we want listeners to understand is the amount of guns found in the United States.

Host: How many, roughly?

One for every citizen

Host: Wow.

Doe: We have an obscene amount of guns in the United States yet we don’t regulate them as we should.

Host: What would you consider an efficient way to regulate them?

Doe: We need to impose a public health approach modeled after the automobile industry.

Host: But don’t gun owners say that cars kill just as many people as guns do yet we don’t try to get rid of them like we do guns?


But we regulate them like crazy in order to reduce the amount of deaths by automobiles. Since 1921 we’ve reduced the death rate by

95 percent

Per 100 million miles driven.