Get to know the core faculty team for the digital media minor. Their real-world experience means students will get a relevant education and personal attention.
Megan McNames, a journalism instructor, teaches courses in human factors, interface design, graphic design theories and is the director of the digital media minor. She has experience in print and web design and was the assistant director of Journalism Workshops at Ball State University, where she organized and taught workshop experiences for high school students and advisors. McNames earned a master’s degree in journalism from Ball State. As technology advances, she says that everyone needs to adapt to new opportunities that technologies offer for learning, creating and communicating.
"In the near future, understanding how you can learn independently by finding and judging resources and collaborating with experts online will be just as important as what you learn."
Brad King is an assistant professor of journalism. His background includes writing, editing, and producing digital content for Wired, Wired.com, and MIT’s Technology Review, and serving on the advisory board for South by Southwest Interactive, the largest conference of its kind that brings together more than 20,000 digital creators, designers, and technologists to showcase the leading edge of innovation. His creative research focuses on digital storytelling, digital publishing, user-centered design, and crowdsourcing. King’s vision for the digital media minor is to give students the tools and expertise to create stories and develop conversations across digital platforms.
"The essence of this degree is to give students a literacy about the digital world, the skills to create stories within that world, and the ability to apply that knowledge to their other academic and professional interests."
Jennifer Palilonis is the George and Francis Ball distinguished professor of multimedia. As a professor for the digital media minor, Palilonis shares her knowledge of interactive news design. She is a former news designer for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Detroit Free Press. She is the coordinator for Ball State’s nationally recognized journalism graphics program, teaching upper-level courses in information graphics reporting, interface design, and multimedia storytelling.
The key to creating a strong online course, she says, is using the multimedia potential of the web to engage students and present material in a way that is right for the online environment.
"If done right, online classes are not easier to teach or to take than face-to-face classes. Different, yes. Inferior, no!"
Chris Flook is a telecommunications instructor with experience in video, multimedia, photography, and graphic design. His background includes working on several video and web development projects for the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, the state’s only residential high school for gifted students, and other local organizations. Flook has earned several grants from the Department of Education to develop local multimedia projects. He has been an instructor with Ball State’s high school journalism workshops and has developed online video and multimedia journalism courses for the New York Times Knowledge Network.
"I believe it is always best to explore various learning styles and methods, especially in applied knowledge and experience. The advantage of online learning allows for flexibility in format and time."