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Department of Journalism
Art and Journalism Building (AJ), room 300
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
PhD Informatics/Human-Computer Interaction, Indiana University,
University Indianapolis, 2014
MA Journalism, Ball State University, 2004
BA Sociology, Ball State University, 1996
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 BSU students with professional organizations. Past projects include
collaborations with The Indiana State Museum, Circle of Blue
(www.circleofblue.org), the Indiana State Museum (www.indianamuseum.org) and
the South Florida Sun-Sentinel (www.sun-sentinel.com).
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 interactive interface design.
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. She has worked on the redesigns of more than 30
print and online publications since 2000.
Palilonis views teaching and research to be equally important roles in the
Department of Journalism. She conducts research in the areas of multimedia
storytelling, print and online design, graphics reporting, blended learning
models and information graphics.
Palilonis is the author of two textbooks: A Practical Guide to Graphics
Reporting (Focal Press, 2006) and The Multimedia Journalist (Oxford
University Press, 2012).
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
has published 12 refereed publications and has presented numerous professional
and creative endeavors at more than 35 conferences and meetings. She is the
education director for the Society for News Design and the former head of the
Visual Communications division of the Association for Educators in Journalism
and Mass Communication.
Palilonis 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.
Project Experience and Philosophy:
has been a thesis committee chair for five masters students’ theses. She has
been a thesis committee member for two projects.
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