Jennifer Palilonis

Jennifer Palilonis

George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Multi-Media Journalism


Room:AJ 390D

Dr. Jennifer George-Palilonis is a full professor in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism, and the director of the Center for Emerging Media Design & Development. She holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the Indiana University School of Informatics & Computing. Prior to becoming the EMDD director, she was the coordinator for the nationally recognized journalism graphics sequence and director of the Ball State Digital Publishing Studio.
Her fields of professional specialization are design thinking, human-computer interaction, cross-platform storytelling, visual journalism, page design, information graphics reporting, art direction, redesign, visual rhetoric, composition, electronic learning, collaborative learning, animation, digital publishing, research-informed design and development, human-computer interaction and interaction design.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1996, Palilonis worked as a news and business designer at Detroit Free-Press (1996-1998). She was also the Sunday art director and deputy news design editor at the Chicago Sun-Times (1998-2001). Palilonis has been an adjunct instructor at Wayne State University in Detroit and later at the International Academy for Merchandising and Design in Chicago. Palilonis is a media design consultant and affiliate with Garcia Media and has worked on the redesigns of more than 30 print and online publications since 2000.
Research/Creative/Publication Career Highlights

Professor Palilonis is the author of two textbooks: A Practical Guide to Graphics Reporting (Focal Press, 2006; 2016) and The Multimedia Journalist (Oxford University Press, 2012). She has developed three major interactive multimedia books, including Design Interactive, an e-text on basic design principles and Visualizing Electricity & Magnetism, an interactive set of visualizations used in 100-level electricity and magnetism courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has published 21 refereed publications and has presented numerous professional and creative endeavors at more than 40 conferences and meetings. She is the former education director for the Society for News Design and former head of the Visual Communications division of the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication.
In 2013, Palilonis received the National Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation. She has also received the Ball State University Outstanding Teaching award (2012), CCIM “High Technology” award and was named the CCIM “Researcher of the Year” in 2010. She was also named a Graduate of the Last Decade from the Ball State Alumni Association in 2006.
Thesis/Creative Project Experience

Professor Palilonis has been a thesis committee chair for more than 20 masters students’ theses and creative projects. She frequently leads special topic courses that partner Ball State students with professional organizations. Past projects include collaborations with The Indiana State Museum, Circle of Blue (, the Professor Garfield Foundation, and USA Volleyball.