Pecha Kucha: Your New Style of Presentation

By Monique L. Lewis, iMedia ‘15

The first big hurdle of the iMedia program is over!

iMedia ’15 has submitted annotated bibliographies and the first draft of research papers, which are (hopefully) about the topic we want to pursue for our capstone projects, are due in a week and a half. In the meantime, Pecha Kucha presentations began in Dr. Derek Lackaff’s class, Theory and Audience Analysis in an Interactive Age.

Pecha Kucha is a concise presentation style that’s made up of 20 slides that advance automatically every 20 seconds and you talk along to the slides, for a total of six minutes and forty seconds. The format sounds a little intimidating to keep all of your information in such a short amount of time for each slide, but the first set of seven presenters all did a great job handling the pressure. All students in Lackaff’s class are required to prepare a Pecha Kucha presentation on a course-relevant topic that goes beyond the assigned reading and their research topics “to present a coordinated and interesting treatment of the subject under investigation.” Students are graded on topic choice, expertise, organization, evidence-based argumentation, visual clarity, visual aesthetics, time management, professionalism and engagement.

The first week’s topics were Beauty Vlogging on YouTube, Fantasy Football, Bitcoin, 3D Printing, The Power of Video, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and Near Field Communication (NFC). The class live tweeted during the presentations using the Twitter hash tag “#pktheory” making the presentations very interactive. Some iMedia students’ tweets were retweeted and favorited by companies and profiles related to the topic.

Pecha Kucha presentations will continue for the next four weeks until Lackaff’s class ends before fall break. I am looking forward to seeing the upcoming presentations and learning about the new topics that my classmates have managed to become experts in on top of all the other work we have to do this semester.

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About Monique L. Lewis

Monique graduated from North Carolina Central University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in Communication Studies. During her time at NCCU, Monique was a reporter and assistant editor of the school’s award-winning student newspaper, The Campus Echo, from which some of her articles also appeared in the Durham Voice, a community newspaper serving Northeast Central Durham. She has interned with Duke University School of Nursing’s Marketing and Communication team and NCCU’s WNCU 90.7 FM Radio news and public affairs department. Monique was on a clear path to journalism until she took a desktop publishing class that lead to a passion for design. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Interactive Media at Elon University and is looking forward to a future in graphic design.

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