California News Weekly Update 3 April 2n

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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 Reviews

Tiana

From my interviews I found that people were fine with the Alexa voice and that it was easy to understand. The pace also works and gave enough time to think about what was said. My older sister who is 26 said that she would most likely listen to it in the morning or when she was bored. She did suggest that adding titles in between the story would help. Such as “in politics” or “in business.” Most people said they would listen in the morning or the evening. My youngest sibling did point out that she found the content interesting however, “as a teenager,” this skill would not be of interest to her.

I interviewed my three sisters age 26, 18, and 16 and my husband who is 22..

Matt’s interviews

I found from my interviews that most people were fine with just hearing the Alexa voice. The only complaint was from Kelly Abbott, Teacher at Castro Valley High school age 36 who said the Alexa voice had a little bit of a hard time with some words and names so she was forced to play the flash briefing over once or twice. All three of my interviewees said they liked how the skill gave news from different parts of the state. They all also agreed that they would most likely use the skill in the morning when waking up before starting their day. Tim Seitz age 26 did say he would like if the skill could give emergency updates if something big took place in the state that day.

People interviewed, Tim Seitz age 26, Matt’s roommate, Brendan Byrne age 24, SJSU engineering student, and  Kelly Abbott, Teacher at Castro Valley High school age 36,

Yale’s interviews

It seems that with my interviews the common consensus really boils down to whether or not they are buying the central premise of the skill. Jay had an issue with the daily nature of the post, but I don’t think with our current workforce we would be able to post twice a day. None had mentioned any grievances with the Alexa voice or the length, which lends me to believe that our approach is solid. I do agree that we might need some more political content, maybe we can ensure that one post is at least somewhat politically measured.

Jay Clouse, roommate: Said he thought the length of each individual item was compact, which is good. The focus on California is neat, but he was not sure if he would use it EVERY morning.

Danny Lin, roommate: Kept his attention at the very least, most of these Alexa skills don’t really do that. Wouldn’t see himself really using it too often because he felt it didn’t really apply to him that much.

Karin Wyatt, mom: She likes the California focus and the fun story at the end, helps her pay attention to the newsier elements. Maybe put some more political intrigue in there.

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.