About this creators

Meet the people who worked together to make this site.

Dr. Jennifer George-Palilonis

Dr. Jennifer George-Palilonis is a full professor in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism, and the co-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. Since 2002, Palilonis has been a media design consultant, both independently and as an affiliate with Garcia Media Group. She has worked on the redesigns of more than 30 newspapers nationwide. She also worked for the Chicago Sun-Times as a news design editor and the Detroit Free Press as a business art director.

Palilonis is also the author of two books, The Multimedia Journalist (Oxford University Press, 2012) and A Practical Guide to Graphics Reporting (Focal Press, 2006). Her research interests include active reading in mobile environments, multimedia storytelling, the use of multimedia as a teaching and learning tool, blended and online learning, mobile design and development, and information graphics.

In 2012, she was named the Scripps Howard National Journalism & Mass Communication Teacher of the Year; and Ball State presented her with the Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2006, she was named the “Young Alumnus of the Year” by the Ball State University Department of Journalism and “Graduate of the Last Decade” by the Ball State University Alumni Association. Prior to becoming the EMDD co-director, she was the coordinator for the nationally recognized journalism graphics sequence and director of the Ball State Digital Publishing Studio. She is also on the Professor Garfield board of directors.

Adam Baumgartner

Adam Baumgartner is a web designer for Vox Media, Inc. living in New York City. He graduated from Ball State University with a degree in visual journalism in 2015.

Baumgartner has worked for the Indianapolis Star and the Chicago Tribune, producing illustrations, information graphics and data visualizations for print products. At Vox, he has created new tools to help journalists tell stories online, and he has assisted in launching or relaunching multiple sites.

His work has earned him a number of awards, including first place for Excellence in Student Journalism, presented by the Indianapolis Press Club.

During his time at Ball State, Baumgartner spent time as editor-in-chief of the Ball State Daily News. He also assisted in the production of the Emmy award-winning documentary, "Legacies of Perfection: Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg."