Here are the comments I wrote on the DA betas for three of my classmates. Being so close to the due date of the DA, the majority of the comments were just pointing out things I found positive about their projects and suggesting extra research. I’ll go into more detail about each comment below.
I liked Dakoda had taken on the feedback about downsizing her project as she definitely had a great idea, but it was going to be very difficult to achieve everything she set out to do. I also thought that finding a niche area to explore helped with this, and with making the project have more of a utility as it is now more specific. A lot of the research I did for extra information to offer her was US-based, so when I found an article from the ABC I thought it would be relevant and interesting for Dakota to read, even as background issue or extra information for her piece.
I’m very excited about Matilda’s project, as it’s very relevant to my degree and my current job as the assistant editor of an online publication/magazine. Knowing the ins and outs of how funding an online publication in 2019 works, I thought that the model Bitch Magazine was interesting and something Matilda could potentially look into for an article in her online magazine. I thought this would be helpful as people are very familiar with advertising, sponsorship, and paywalls, but the Hearken tool is a little bit different – closer to Patreons than anything. I thought her method of presenting her DA was great – and online magazine about the future of magazines – and so I passed on this feedback as well.
For Kiana’s DA, the feedback I provided was mostly in reference to how she is addressing the future in her project. She had mentioned wanting to monetise her channel using Google Adsense as this was a good way for Youtuber’s to make money. This is true, but there have also been pretty drastic changes to the Youtube algorithm and way it gives money to content creators recently, and so I found some articles online about these changes, and alternative ways channels make money. As Kiana’s channel is still in the early stages, some of the suggestions in the second article might be ways she can try to reach the goal of monetising her channel in the future sooner.