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.

 

California News update 4/16/2018

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

What we did the past week: We have put the finishing touches on our schedule for who is doing what each day, and we have begun posting daily. 

Issues we had with gathering material (finding sources, verifying facts, interviews, etc.): We had no issues with gathering material, this is probably the easiest part of producing content- the hardest part is converting it into a form more suitable for audio.

Issues we had with producing the content (writing, recording, editing, etc.): The main issue for producing content is maintaining the schedule, as we have to post it at the correct time to make sure the content is fresh. Other issues we had was finding the best method for attributing sources.

Technical issues (with WordPress or Alexa, etc.): No issues that we have noticed yet, the content is published through Get Storyline and the audio is coming up when we ask Alexa. 

Other questions we ran into: No other questions we have to ask yet, but if something comes up we will e-mail Julie.

What we are going to do this week. Things to improve. Who is doing what: This week, we are making sure we are consistent with out posts so we have a week’s worth of content. We can improve the quality of the posts by making sure the converted story is suitable for listening rather than reading. Next up I believe is Tiana who will be posting Monday and Tuesday.

How we are going to test our skill this week: We will continue to check to see if the audio is coming through clear and concise. We will also be adding SSML to add some flavor in the story when necessary (especially for the fun stories!)

Help we need: No help needed yet, but we will contact immediately if it is necessary.

Assignment 2: Yale and Jessica

Last week in San Jose, the humble family owned Cafe Pomegranate laid off all its employees and abruptly closed for good. Cafe owner Khaled Alterkeet decided to “deport” himself and his family to Kuwait after experiencing a legal issues while renewing his business license. Our reporters Jessica Stopper and Yale Wyatt talked to Alterkeet’s lawyer Steve Riznyk regarding the circumstances that forced his family out of the country.

“He had two companies he was investing in.”

Yale: “Does that make it more complicated?”

“No, it makes it more of a solid case.”

Steve Riznyk says that an extension of the L1 visa is normally a simple process, and that Alterkeet fit the “formula” of what is usually accepted. But for some reason, Alterkeet was deemed not qualified despite clearly demonstrating he could operate two separate businesses.

“He was not only rejected outright, but also on an insubstantial basis. If he did not qualify, okay, I got it. But if he does qualify, that is another story.” 

Riznyk said that the auditor administering the visa extension was insistent on Alterkeet providing the day to day details of the future of his business.

“How could I predict it? If I could predict it, I’d be in the bloody stock market.” 

Riznyk argued that the way we treat those who wish to do business with our country will leave a lasting impression on how others view the United States.

“People in foreign countries, they look as us a bullies. Tough guys. They begin to not like us before they get to know us. I think it hurts us as a country.” 

“That’s how we treat our foreign investors.” 

After he was denied the extension of his Business Visa, Alterkeet went back Kuwait to settle some personal matters, before returning to the United States on a visitor’s visa to make preparations to permanently move back to his home country. Riznyk said he was detained in San Francisco for nearly four hours, where he was “treated like a prisoner.”

“People in foreign countries, they look as us a bullies. Tough guys. They begin to not like us before they get to know us. I think it hurts us as a country.” 

 

 

Script:

Intro: It has been nearly three weeks since the horrific mass shooting that occurred in Parkland, Florida that claimed the lives of seventeen people. The topic of gun control has one again become the topic of discussion in American politics. But some citizens are frustrated with the lack of progress on achieving any meaningful solution to what seems like a recurring tragedy. I interview a concerned student how he feels about his relationship to the debate as a student.

Quote (Jay): I think it’s very important- when you have lives at stake- obviously, that will be important, as a student, you can’t help but have a relationship to what’s happening.

Honestly, the thing that affected me the most was the students, was how strongly and how competently they expressed their opinion and make a difference in the situation.

Quote (Yale): But Jay remains unconvinced that there is an an easy solution to stop these tragedies from occuring.

Quote (Jay): I don’t want to say “Well obviously it can be fixed, it can change,” but, of course, every country is different. We’re a diverse country, culturally, ethnically, obviously a huge melting pot. And with all these clashing opinions I think it’s harder to mobilize people to come together for a common goal nowadays. But… I think it is possible. You just have to get the majority of people to find it important enough.

Gun Violence Story

 

Script:

Intro: It has been nearly two weeks since the horrific mass shooting that occured in Parkland, Florida that claimed the lives of seventeen people. The debate surrounding gun control has been thrust back into front of the American consciousness. But some citizens are frustrated with the lack of progress on achieving any meaningful solution to what seems like a recurring tragedy. Our reporter Yale Wyatt interviewed student Jay Clouse how he feels about the current media cycle surrounding the debate:

Quote (Jay): I think it’s very important- when you have lives at stake- obviously, that will be important, but lives of your own, as a student, you can’t help but have a relationship to what’s happening.

 

Honestly, the thing that affected me the most was the students, was how strongly and how competently they expressed their opinion and make a difference in the situation.

Quote (Yale): But Jay remains unconvinced that there is an an easy solution to stop these tragedies from occuring.

Quote (Jay): I don’t want to say “Well obviously it can be fixed, it can change,” but, of course, every country is different. We’re a diverse country, culturally, ethnically, obviously a huge melting pot. And with all these clashing opinions I think it’s harder to mobilize people to come together for a common goal nowadays. But… I think it is possible. You just have to get the majority of people to find it important enough.

 

(Note: I am following the exporting specifications of last week’s assignment and the result in sound quality was much worse than last week. The sound quality (especially with the microphone) was really great when editing… Let me know if you’d like me to re-upload with higher exportation quality.)

Alexa Pitch

Millennials have no idea what doing when it comes to their own diet. It isn’t that they hates like healthy foods or has an undistinguished palate. They simply don’t have a clue when it comes to actually making meals. Imagine an Alexa skill that on command would spout a recipe ideas for Harris. After Alexa asks you a few questions about what he might be in the mood to eat, and bada bing bada boom Alexa will find a recipe online to match the suggestion. Alongside the recipe will be short description of the meal.

This will help our millennials solve their problem of not knowing how to make the meals they want. Alexa reading the recipe will show how simple making a potential meal can be, and even if you aren’t in the mood for that particular item, you can store the recipe for later.. This way, over time, the user will establish a wide recipe book that they can peruse at the leisure later.

And this isn’t just for hapless millennials. No, this skill could be beneficial to anybody that doesn’t own a five star restaurant. You and the boyfriend unsure of what to make? Ask Alexa! Know a timeless recipe, but what to find a way to give it some new zest? Ask Alexa! Just curious about all the different ways you can make cookies? Ask Alexa! With a little help from Alexa, you’re one step closer to being the genius cook you’ve always wanted to be. Bazinga!

Gonzo the Great: Testing SSML

What compels a man to live life on the edge? What causes somebody to risk it all, just for the thrill of it? Meet Gonzo the Great, the D I Y stunt devil extraordinaire.

“The feeling I get before the jump is something everybody should feel once in their life. The feeling of complete badassery.”

In Los Angeles, we met up with Gonzo the Great- in a house of his own construction located in a refurbished lot.

“This… this is where you live?”

“Yeah. This is where the magic happens.”

Gonzo took out a loan to buy this lot after an abandoned church had been demolished. He lives alone, spending most of his time working on his make shift stunt palace in his “backyard.”

“Building the house was the easy part. I spend most of my time working on the ramps and traps.”

The “house” is a mainly just a shack. Behind it is dirt ramp, with a dirt bike propped up just a few feet away from it.

“Well, you came here for a reason. Want to see me jump?”

Gonzo quickly changes, donning a- you guessed it- a home-made bedazzled jumpsuit, rife with sparkles and sequins. It’s quite a sight.

*sounds of a dirt bike*

“Ok, ok, you ready? Here we go!”

*sounds of dirt bike speeding off*

With great confidence, Gonzo the great speeds up to the ramp. He doesn’t even make ten feet off the ground.

“Oh man, that was great! Did you see that? That might’ve been the best jump I’ve ever had! Woohoo!”

With Gonzo the Great, the title might be better fitting for his confidence and not his abilities.