Jennifer George-Palilonis
Associate Professor  |  Ball State University

Jennifer George-Palilonis is the George & Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Multimedia at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. She is also the co-director of the Center For Emerging Media Design and Development, home to a master’s degree program that gives students practical experience in storytelling, applied research, and development in digital strategic communication design. George-Palilonis also teaches upper-level courses in information graphics reporting, interaction design and multimedia storytelling. She is also a media design consultant and has worked on the redesigns of thirty print and online publications, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Journal-Gazette, Portland Press-Herald, and Crain’s Chicago Business. Before joining the faculty at Ball State in 2001, George-Palilonis was the deputy news design editor at the Chicago Sun-Times and a news designer and business art director at the Detroit Free Press.

The second edition of her first book, A Practical Guide to Graphics Reporting (Focal Press), was published in October 2016. A companion website for that book provides rich examples of a variety of information graphics types, resources and exercises, expert interviews, and more. Her research on visual communications, multimedia teaching and learning tools, research-informed design, human-computer interaction, and information graphics in the multimedia age is regularly published in leading scholarly journals. She has spoken at more than 50 professional and academic conferences.

Over the past decade, George-Palilonis has led a number of special topics courses that often partner Ball State students with professional journalists and organizations to tackle real-world problems. In 2016, she led a team of students in coverage of the USA men’s and women’s Olympic volleyball teams as part of the Department of Journalism’s acclaimed BSU at the Games immersive learning project.

In 2012, she and Ball State Assistant Professor Brad King led a course called “Transmedia Indiana” that partnered an interdisciplinary group of students with the Indiana State museum. Over two semesters, the team developed a transmedia story that included an interactive multimedia ebook that takes readers on a fictional chase through Indiana history, several non-fiction websites that provide historical information about some of the people and places in the book, and a museum exhibit to name a few.

In 2011, her students partnered with Circle of Blue, the international network of leading journalists, scientists and communications design experts that reports and presents the information necessary to respond to the global freshwater crisis. Her students worked with Circle of Blue reporters and editors to develop more than 30 interactive graphics on the water and energy crisis in the U.S. and China and how climate change is affecting the Great Lakes.

Jennifer holds a Ph.D. candidate in Human-Computer Interaction at the Indiana University School of Informatics. She lives in Muncie, Indiana, with her husband Jim and twin sons Gage and Quinn.