Jennifer Palilonis

Jennifer Palilonis

George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Multi-Media Journalism


Room:AJ 390D

Educational Background:
PhD Human-Computer Interaction, Indiana University School of Informatics-IUPUI, 2014 (anticipated)
MA Composition & Rhetoric, Ball State University, 2004
BA Journalism, Ball State University, 1996

Professional Experience:
Professor Palilonis is the journalism graphics sequence coordinator. She teaches upper level courses in information graphics reporting, interface design and multimedia storytelling. As a leader in BSU’s nationally  recognized program, Palilonis helps make curriculum decisions for the sequence and department; serves the department, college and university on various committees; and works directly with students to obtain internships and realize their full potential as visual journalists. Palilonis 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 (, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel ( 

Her fields of professional specialization are multimedia 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 Interests:
Professor Palilonis views teaching and research to be equally important roles in the Department of Journalism.  She conducts research in the areas of active reading in the digital environment, multimedia storytelling, print  and online design, blended learning models and information visualization.

Research/Creative/Publication Career Highlights:
Professor Palilonis is the author of two textbooks: A Practical Guide to Graphics Reporting (Focal Press, 2006) 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 15 refereed publications and has presented numerous professional and creative endeavors at more than 35 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 six masters students’ theses. She has been a thesis committee member for two projects. 

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Creative Project 698 002 0000 - 0000
Theory and Framework 610 890 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Theory and Framework 610 890 0800 - 1050 U
Theory and Framework 610 890 0800 - 1150 RFS
Theory and Framework 610 890 1400 - 1550 W
Applied Research Lab 660 1 0000 - 0000
Creative Project Lab 670 1 0000 - 0000
Thesis 698 002 0000 - 0000