Introducing Our #iMedia18 Bloggers

The fall semester is in full swing and Elon’s ninth M.A. in Interactive Media class is busy with class projects, Winter Term fly-in prep and more as they discover all that the program has to offer.

#iMedia18 is eager to share their experiences with you right here on the Eye on iMedia blog.

You’ve already seen great posts from Kendra Sharpe and Kyndall Dysard. Check out the full slate of students you’ll hear from this year and read their full bios here. But don’t be surprised if a few others post from time to time.

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Kyndall Dysard

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Jess Farmer

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Kelsey Lane

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Kendra Sharpe

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Kaylin Skipwith

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Ashley Sugg

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Amanda Travis

In addition to the students’ perspectives, you’ll read posts from a few staff members. Maggie Mullikin, Coordinator of Graduate Outreach and Special Programs, will discuss happenings and careers with iMedia alumni; Amber McCraw, Assistant Director of Career Services, Communications, will discuss career development; and Tarah Holland, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions (that’s me), will discuss a variety of topics related to iMedia admissions. We may also have a few guest posts throughout the year.

Please be sure to subscribe/follow the Eye on iMedia blog to keep up with #iMedia18 this year. You can sign up by clicking “Follow” in the bottom right corner of your screen.

For more about the iMedia program, visit elon.edu/imedia and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Demand for iMedia Skills Continues to Grow

You’ve probably started to notice the shift. #iMedia17 has shared details about projects, offered insight about class assignments, and now, students are preparing for the end of their 10-month graduate school journeys. With just a little more than two months left before graduation, the job search is on and the pace for life after iMedia will be soon be set for these budding professionals.

And there’s a lot to look forward to. A quick internet search sheds light on how much digital and creative skills are in demand in a wide range of industries. Look further and you’ll learn more about the benefits of working in digital careers, key skills needed and the most sought-after job titles.

With help from CNNMoney and Payscale, let’s take a peek at a few iMedia-friendly positions and the job outlook of each. In the Best Jobs in American 2017 list, these sources highlight the “top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.” Here are 10 jobs from the list that are popular among iMedia graduates.

               JOB  MEDIAN PAY 10-YEAR JOB GROWTH
#1 – Mobile Applications Developer $97,100 19%
#14 – Webmaster $61,200 27%
#26 – Community Relations Manager $63,600 10%
#30 – Brand Manager $89,800 9%
#42 – Social Media Manager  $57,400 9%
#47 – Front End Developer/Engineer $81,000 27%
#56 – Videographer $49,600 12%
#57 – User Interface Designer $73,800  27%
#68 – Content Strategist $84,400 19%
#99 – User Experience Designer $85,900 13%

Visit CNNMoney for the complete list. For more about the Elon M.A. in Interactive Media program, visit elon.edu/imedia.

 

Seven Signs We’re iMmersed in iMedia

We are two weeks from finishing one of our classes this semester, and it’s hard to believe we’ve been working in iMedia for two whole months. There is a new challenge to tackle every day, but some things have remained consistent. Here are seven ways we’ve been immersed in iMedia!

  1. We survived bootcamp!

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It was a tough three weeks, but we made it through! Bootcamp gave us a crash course in all the programs and tools we need to be iMedia wizards and we aced it! If we can do it, you can too! 

2. We’re reading so much we’re pretty much ready to write our own book on media principles.

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Okay, maybe we couldn’t write a whole book, but definitely at least a literature review for our capstone projects next spring.

3. We may or may not be surviving on caffeine and caffeine alone.

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How else are we supposed to crank out that lit review (plus the seven other projects we have lined up)? We have four coffee and tea machines in our lounge that our fellow classmates have loaned us for those late nights (thanks, guys!).

4. We’ve coded at least one 90s-lookin’ website that’s still pretty rad.

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Are your friends coding websites? I think not! You go, master coder!

5. We’ve found a niche group of friends in the program, and everyone is here to support each other.

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We bring each other coffee, the stuff friendships are built on.

6. We’re getting more and more excited about the fly-in every day.

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We’re super pumped to get outta town and collaborate with our group members – wherever we might go with whomever they might be! We find out soon which country we’ll be working in and who our group members are, but “soon” feels awfully far away.

7. We’ve got our eyes on the prize.

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In eight months we’ll all have a Master’s Degree in Interactive Media and all the hard work will be worth it. In the meantime, we’re soaking up every bit of knowledge that we can – keep your heads up, iMedia 2017!!

 

From Surviving Digital Bootcamp to Thriving in the Fall Semester

Entering into week 4 of the fall semester, it is hard to believe how far we have all come since the beginning of August!

As new iMedia students, we were put through a grueling three-week Digital Media Workshop (also known as bootcamp), during the month of August – I would be lying if I said that it was all rainbows and butterflies. However, you literally hit the ground running and I can assure you, that is the best (and busiest) three weeks of your life.

For 4 of the 5 days each week, you are in one of three sections (switching to a new section each week), with three days of learning and a final on the 4th day. Trust me, this final you are fully prepared for!

  • Graphic Design
  • Photography & Video Production
  • Web Development & Design

Also, during these three weeks, you are divided up into groups to complete a bootcamp final project consisting of assignments we have learned over the past three weeks:

  • A logo (created in Adobe Illustrator)
  • A video (created mainly in Adobe Premiere)
  • An animation (created in Adobe AfterEffects)
  • A website – that we code in our group and include each of the above projects

GroupPic.jpgFor my groups’ bootcamp project, we chose to express our personal creativity and comment on the “bootcamp” experience by spoofing the beloved Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. With such an upbeat and fun project, we were able to demonstrate the variety of new skills we have learned while conveying the positive outlook that we have on the upcoming semester. All twenty-six students in this program deserve our sincerest recognition and gratitude, as we will continue to learn from and lean on each other as we accomplish our goals and truly become THE BEST of Powell-Air. Be sure to view our website for The Best of Powell Air!

You may wonder how what the point of the Digital Media Workshop is or how it prepares you for the fall semester? The answer is simple. Everything you learn in “bootcamp” is either a new concept or an in-depth review of something you may have learned in the past. Regardless, you work with the best professors and learn much more than you ever though possible in the short time of three weeks.

Meet Our #iMedia17 Bloggers

It’s nearly a month into the fall semester and students in Elon’s eighth Interactive Media class are well on their way to discovering all the program has to offer. And just as in previous years, they want to share their details about their journey with you here on the Eye on iMedia blog.

As you can imagine, the 10 months in iMedia go fast and a lot can (and does) happens. From alumni visits and class projects to winter flyins and career exploration, the year will be full of amazing experiences and we look forward to bringing conversations about those things to the blog. In case you’re wondering which students you’ll be hearing from, check out the bios below – but don’t be surprised if a few other post from time to time.

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Ashley Anderson

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Marquita Brown

kcarpenter

Katie Carpenter

gmerrill

Ginny Merrill

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Beth Pandone

krivera

Kristen Rivera

 

 

 

For more information about this year’s bloggers and the entire #iMedia17 class, visit the “Meet the Class” page.

Along with the students’ reflections, you’ll read posts from staff. Maggie Mullikin, Coordinator of Graduate Outreach & Special Programs, will discuss happenings and careers with iMedia alumni; Amber McCraw, Assistant Director of Career Services, Communications, will discuss career development; and Tarah Holland, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions (that’s me), will discuss a variety of topics related to iMedia admissions. We may also have a few guests posts additional staff throughout the year.

Please subscribe to the Eye on iMedia blog to stay up to date on #iMedia17 this year.

For more about the iMedia program, visit elon.edu/imedia.

Save the Date: iMedia ’16 Capstone Exhibition set for May 18

The iMedia Class of 2016 Capstone Exhibition is set for Wednesday, May 18 in the Powell Building at Elon.

The annual event gives students a platform to unveil their individual projects to area professionals, potential employers, faculty and staff, prospective students, family and friends.

SAVE THE DATE

With just two short months to go before the big showcase, iMedia students are busy developing a plan to host and market the event.

As a part of the planning process, iMedia students were split into three primary groups – public relations, creative and event management. The work of each group is critical to creating a successful capstone exhibition where all students have the opportunity to showcase the incredible work that we’re doing on a diverse array of creative projects.

Team 1 – Public Relations

The public relations team is charged with promoting details of the event on and off Elon’s campus via traditional and social media outreach. The team will develop communication material, determine key audiences and manage the event’s messaging.

Team 2 – Creative

The creative team is responsible for designing a variety of visual elements from print components to web and mobile site development to video and motion graphics. Members of this team will create the logo and identity of the exhibition.

Team 3 – Event Management

The event management team will coordinate the event space, technology requirements and other logistics. The capstone exhibition will be housed on the second and third floors of Powell.

Of course, in the midst of event planning, the work doesn’t stop. We continue to develop our capstone projects and digital portfolios, complete classwork for Spring courses and apply for jobs. No pain, no gain.

Stay tuned for more details. Click here for a look at projects from last year’s iMedia class.

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Sophie Waller

Sophie Waller is a 2014 iMedia graduate. Sophie is one of a handful of iMedia graduates who went with a start up following graduation. She had tips and insights to share when we met recently in Raleigh.

“I am the Community Manager at Photofy Inc. For starters I run and manage all social media channels for Photofy http://photofy.com/ This is everything from creating and posting content, monitoring all social interaction, and staying on top of complaints and queries.

Marketing is also a large part of my job. We are at the heart of the company focused on design, therefore we have a lot of ‘Featured Partners’ in our app. Featured Partners are graphic designers / typographers / or illustrators whose designs are featured in our app under their name (or company name).

One of my favorite parts of the job is to search through Instagram / blogs / websites etc. to find budding typographers or illustrators who are extremely skilled, yet may not have found enough work they deserve as of yet, to be featured in our app. I reach out to multiple designers on a daily basis to set up partnerships and pitch collaborations with them (each are different) and then arrange licensing with them.

iMedia prepared me for my job in a great way, in the fact that, if you looked at my job from an outside perspective, you probably wouldn’t think it would of helped me at all!

Working for a start up there are ten people in my company in total, therefore there is complete transparency when it comes to the design and business of the app. Although my job is social media and marketing based, because of my background, my input and opinions matter as they come from an educated background.

My boss comes to me with wire frames designs, asks me to contribute new design ideas for the app, I understand coding therefore can manage expectations for clients, and because of my understanding and knowledge of these aspects I contribute business ideas on a regular basis because I am aware of what we our capabilities are.

We are a start up, therefore I have a lot of customer / fan interaction on a daily basis. If ever there is something that is going wrong with a customers app, or they want to know a design question, a how to option, I respond to them directly.

I am very big on customer interaction, yes it might be stressful at times, but one of the biggest accolades we can get, and we have gotten countless times again, is how much our customers appreciate our one to one interaction.

When people message us saying, ‘Your app is amazing, and you’re all so helpful’, that’s the best part of my job.”

Sophie has advice for people considering iMedia.

“If you are on the fence about the program, do it. I was probably about 20% sure I was making the right decision when I joined, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Plus, it’s a really cool thing to show off about at parties”.

For students currently enrolled –

“Everybody’s path is different.

Please do NOT put an immense amount of pressure on yourself to be happy, settled and with your dream job a week after graduation, because let’s face it, that does not happen to everyone!

Although it may not feel it at the time, but you are in an extremely valuable position when you graduate.

Allow yourself to know your worth, know how hard you have worked, and know the incredible skills you have learned this year that not many people will have. Take a moment to think about what job you really want, not one you feel like you should have.”