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.

Week 8 assignment

Part 1. This skill will give users news related to their local beaches. For example, how busy it is (determined by traffic), shark sightings, crime reports, weather, upcoming events, wave heights, Shark reports, local restaurants, weather (wind speed) ,  areas to surf, areas with bonfires, areas to skate (or like what kind of wheels are allowed), traffic (lightest/ heaviest traffic) (alternate routes) Inform users of upcoming events happening in the area, and general local news.

I chose this idea because I am from San Diego and I go to the beach a lot which is what gave me the idea. Than I spoke with my three sisters who all currently live in San Diego and these were some of things they were interested in knowing. I think knowing the traffic and how busy the beach is at the moment would be the most useful because I know a lot of times we head out to go to the beach and then to get their and see that there’s a million people there so we end up driving to another one when it would have been nice to know before we got there. In general I think people don’t always know what to do or need help planning their day and I think this skill would help. As well as provide local news to a very specific area. I think there will be two sets of users for this skill. First people who are local to the area and then tourist. I think the people who would interact with this skill will be trying to plan their day or weekend. So they would be using the skill in their homes right before they leave to go visit or spend a day at the beach or, they could also be using it in the car on the way to the beach. It will make planning your day or vacation easier. I think this skill allows users access to multiple resources all in one. The information might be available in other places but this skill brings it all together. The name of this skill is the Beach Report. I chose San Diego just as an example I think the skill could be used all throughout California. 

Part 2.

Script:

User: Alexa open Beach Report

Alexa: Welcome to the Beach Report. Would you like to hear local news, weather, traffic reports or more topics?

User: Weather

Alexa: In what area would you like to know the weather?

User: Pacific beach

Alexa: It is currently 72 degrees and partly cloudy.

User: Thanks.

Alexa: Your Welcome. Is there anything else I can help with you?   

User: Yes, what’s happening at mission beach today?

Alexa: Today the grunion run will begin. Would you like to hear more about it.

User: No

Alexa: Ok.  Would you like…

User: Alexa how high are the waves in La Jolla.

Alexa: Currently the waves are 1 to 2 ft or ankle to knee high.

User: Are there fire pits at La Jolla.

Alexa: There are 6 fire pits at La Jolla Shores.

User: Thanks.

Alexa: Your Welcome. Would you like to hear more about your local beaches?

User: No, that’s enough.

Alexa: Ok, enjoy your day at the beach.

Part 3. Link to map

Part 4. For this skill the data would come from theweather.com, GPS and I think mainly local news sources. So in this case my focus was San Diego so the sources could be the San Diego Reader, surfline.com (wave, wind, and tide reports) as well as the information from the city of San Diego website. I would also like to track how many people are in a certain area or how long the wait is at a certain restaurant near the beach is. I know google does this but I am not sure how we could do that with Alexa.

SB 320 Revised

Host intro: In California, Senator Connie Leyva proposed senate bill 320 that would require public universities to offer the abortion medications mifepristone (mefa-pri-stone) and misoprostol (Mice-o-prost-owl). We have Omar Perez on the campus of San Jose State University to hear student’s opinion on the controversial bill.

We met up with vice president of Spartans for Life Mariana Miranda on campus to discuss why she believes the possible health risk are overshadowed although the medication is FDA approved.

Miranda: “My primary concern is for the health of our female peers. It’s just not being talked about enough and the people who have written this bill or who are like working to support try to pass it off as extremely safe and private and it’s not going to lead to complications. But there are  history of recorded complications that occur with women who have used it.”

Host: Some of the possible side effects that she refers to can be hemorrhaging, blood clots or infections that may lead to death.

Miranda: “If there is even the risk of one girl having to go through that, that’s something that we should be really concerned about. “

Host: Not all students at SJSU share this point of view, Sociology major Alee Ransbottom thinks that the pill will be beneficial to students.

Ransbottom: “I think it may be a good idea in that sometimes it’s hard for people to go to Planned Parenthood and sometimes there even ashamed to go because people are outside protesting against it so maybe having it on campus would be a better way for them to get it.”

Even if the California Senate adopts the bill, there is still much to be done before becoming law. From San Jose State, Omar Perez.

Senate Bill 320

Host intro: In California, Senator Connie Leyva proposed senate bill 320 that would require public universities to offer abortion medication. We have Omar Perez on the campus of San Jose State University to hear student’s opinion on the controversial bill.

Mariana Miranda is vice president of Spartans for Life and she believes this legislation might not be the best for students at San Jose State.

Miranda: “My primary concern is for the health of our female peers. It’s just not being talked about enough and The people who have written this bill or who are like working to support try to pass it off as extremely safe and private and it’s not going to lead to complications. But there are  history of recorded complications that occur with women who have used it.”

Host: Some of the possible side effects that she refers to can be hemorrhaging, blood clots or infections that may lead to death.

Miranda: “If there is even the risk of one girl having to go through that, that’s something that we should be really concerned about. “

Host: Not all students at SJSU share this point of view.

Sociology major Alee Ransbottom has a different perspective.

Ransbottom: “I think it may be a good idea in that sometimes it’s hard for people to go to Planned Parenthood and sometimes there even ashamed to go because people are outside protesting against it so maybe having it on campus would be a better way for them to get it.”

Host: Even if the California Senate adopts the bill, there is still much to be done before becoming law. The legislation would have to be passed by the state Assembly and be signed by the governor from San Jose State, Omar Perez.

One minute gun control Updated

(Host): The 19 year old responsible for the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school faces 17 charges of premeditated murder. During his first court appearance His lawyer referred to him as a “broken human being.”

I’ve spoken with SJSU Sociology major and human rights minor Jordann Shields on what she thinks of this terminology. Shields believes that mental illness is rarely taking into consideration when the cases involve people of color. And that in this particular case his ruling should not be determined by his mental state.

(Jordann): Him being named a broken man. Like it’s kind of annoying I think it’s irritating because that’s how every single mass shooter if there white at least is named. I don’t think just because he’s mentally ill he should be excused from killing 17 innocent people 17 kids.

Host: The students will be allowed to return to school on Wednesday. Meanwhile preliminary proceedings take place as well as ongoing criticism towards law enforcement and the FBI on whether or not they could have done more before the shooting occurred.

One minute Gun Control Story

(Host): The 19 year old responsible for the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida highschool faces 17 charges of premeditated murder. During his first court appearance his lawyer referred to him as a “broken human being.”

 

I’ve spoken with SJSU Sociology major and human rights minor Jordann Shields on what she thinks of this terminology.

 

(Jordann): Him being named a broken man. Like it’s kind of annoying I think it’s irritating because that’s how every single mass shooter if there white at least is named. I don’t think just because he’s mentally ill he should be excused from killing 17 innocent people 17 kids.

 

Host: The students will be allowed to return to school on Wednesday. Meanwhile the trial continues as well as debate over new gun control policy.

 

Assignment 3: Flash Briefing

Sunday Feb 11 marked the 8th annual Feathers of fury pillow fight. This event took place between Camera 12 Cinemas and Starbucks. About 100 people came to the pillow fight. Any of the participants were wearing colorful costumes and wigs. The event is notoriously unpermitted however this year Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco promoted it.

http://www.sjsunews.com/spartan_daily/news/article_02836d6c-10a6-11e8-a3a2-27cc81f68aee.html

San Jose State’s women’s track and field team currently practice on the 50 year-old Bud Winter Field. The field is used by community members. It is also covered in potholes.  The National Collegiate Athletic Association or the NCAA has no regulations in terms of practice facilities. Chief Financial Officer Charlie Faas believes it would be wasteful to make temporary changes.

http://www.sjsunews.com/spartan_daily/sports/article_f7eb753e-0d21-11e8-a70d-af6c041c60f4.html

Bank of America will now charge customers $12 a month if their balance is below $1500. Or if their monthly direct deposit is below $250. The fee is waived for students under 23. SJSU senior Kim Ruiz said “I can use that money for something else, like, food.” Although a 7 year customer she is now considering switching banks.

http://www.sjsunews.com/spartan_daily/news/article_db523db4-0cc1-11e8-b7d2-9308582cab0e.html