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.

The Milestone Called the Capstone

By Monique L. Lewis, iMedia ‘15

I cannot believe how fast time has been flying by! We are three weeks into the spring semester and iMedia15 has hit the ground running to start working on our capstone projects. COM 590: Interactive Media Capstone brings about a time of self-reflection when everyone is thinking about his or her career goals and skills, and how to display them to potential employers/clients. How we identify ourselves professionally plays a big part in what we decide to do for our capstones and self-promotional portfolios, which is also a requirement of COM 590.

Capstone is an opportunity for us to apply everything we’ve learned so far in the program to produce an original interactive media project on a topic of our own choice. The self-promotional portfolio will showcase our best work examples and résumé, as well as provide access to contact information when we apply for jobs. The pre-production phase began the first week of the semester when we turned in our proposals, which describe the goals, significance, challenges, and solutions to our projects, for approval by our capstone advisors. After the proposals were approved we moved on to creating a persona or personas to identify our target audience. Another task that we are working on is to create a self-promotional strategy for our portfolios, which includes providing a list of potential work samples. While putting together my strategy I realized how amazing the iMedia program is because it helped me change my career path from a journalist to a graphic designer with eight portfolio samples that range from infographics to websites.

The production phase will begin in mid-March and students will work on both the capstone and self-promotional portfolio simultaneously until May when we present our projects at the capstone exhibit. iMedia15’s capstone projects will range from rebranded websites, mobile apps, parallax infographics, and interactive magazines, just to name a few.

Learn, Experience and Network

By Monique L. Lewis, iMedia ‘15

Outside of the great information and skills we are learning in class, the iMedia program also offers many learning, experience, and networking opportunities. I’ve gathered a collection of upcoming events for iMedia ’15 to attend and to give future iMedia students an idea of what to look forward to when they’re in the program:

Lights, Camera, Hired! Resumes for Hollywood
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 6:30 PM
McEwen 011
“Interested in making it in ‘The Industry?’ Learn what makes a resume standout in Hollywood straight from the professionals. Presented by Elon University ’12 alum Raj Rawal, who has hired interns, worked with What’s Trending, 20th Century Fox, and Creative Artists Agency, and also participated in resume workshops with William Morris Endeavor talent agency and Warner Brothers. Come and learn the secrets of landing and conquering an entertainment interview and jump starting your career.”

Smart Social Media for the 21st Century: Becoming a Social Media Tastemaker
Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 4:15 PM
McEwen 011
“Learn how to use social media for more than just ‘likes’ and re-tweets. Former ‘What’s Trending’ Associate producer and current Streamline Producer for ‘MissGlamorazzi,’ Elon University ’12 alum Raj Rawal shares what it takes to become a tastemaker in a social media and digitally driven world.”

Matthew Duncan
Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 3:00 PM
Powell
Matthew Duncan is an iMedia ’12 alum and associate product manager at ESPN. He will speak with iMedia ‘15 about his opportunities and career choices.

Rails Girls RDU
Friday, October 17, 2014- Saturday, October 18, 2014
Durham, NC
Rails Girls RDU is offering women who are interested in learning Ruby on Rails, an application framework that greatly simplifies the development of web apps, a free two-day workshop. Applications will be accepted until 10/15.

CreateAthon
Thursday, October 23, 2014- Friday, October 24, 2014
Greensboro, NC
Every year, SalesFactory + Woodbine in Greensboro hosts a 24-hour non-profit media blitz called a CreateAthon that results in new projects for non-profits and local organizations. They have reserved three spots for iMedia ’15 designers to pitch in for the event. The event runs from Thursday, October 23 at 8 AM to Friday, October 24 @ 8 AM.This is a great opportunity to make connections and create a nice portfolio piece.

This list is only the beginning of opportunities that iMedia instructors and alumni pass along to students through email and the Elon University Interactive Media Community Facebook page.

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.