Elon professor Ken Calhoun discusses storytelling, responsive visuals and conversation with journalism students

April 16, 2009 at 12:16 pm 2 comments

By Patrick McCabe

Written April 14, 2009

On April 8 Communications Professor Ken Calhoun spoke to journalism students about the importance of interactive media.

Ken Calhoun

Ken Calhoun

“There are three flavors to interactive media,” Calhoun said. “storytelling, responsive visuals and conversation.”

The restrictions that once existed for different types of media used to tell a story are gone. Interactive media allows the storyteller to use pictures and video to effectively tell their story using all sorts of media entities. 

Responsive visuals are the next key component or flavor are simply online experiences that are visually based.

“They have to be open, organic and fed by the changing world,” Calhoun said.“They’re graphics, info graphics, data visualizations, timelines, maps, stuff like that.”

The final aspect of interactive media is conversation. Through online media people have found a new way to communicate, whether through online blogging sites or social networks.

“These sites set the conditions for conversation while we host a conversation,” Calhoun said. “Whether it is through one of these sites or not interactive media must be a part of conversation.”

Calhoun graduated with an M.F.A. from Emerson College. His professional background includes work in interactive television, corporate and entertainment industry multimedia production and creative writing. 

He will be teaching in Elon’s Interactive Media Master’s program in Fall of 2009. The one year program will prepare students for work in all different media platforms. This program is the only one offered in the state of North Carolina.

To learn more about the iMedia program check out the iMedia blog here.

See Calhoun speak about the importance of interactive media:


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Janna  |  April 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    This story would get a boost if you do a few easy things. Look at the Elon site and get a mugshot of Calhoun to play up at the top of your layout. Also get his biographical background so you can include more details about his experience range and the reason for his expertise. And of course you should mention the Elon University Interactive Media Master’s program and link to it and/or link to other information about interactive media on the Web – maybe the Wikipedia site or something. Add links and keywords.

  • 2. Janna  |  April 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I also want to add that interactive media should probably be in the headline, although I do like the other specific details you included in the hed.


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