Our Team

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Jennifer Palilonis

Director

Jennifer George-Palilonis is the George & Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Multimedia at Ball State University and co-director of the Center for Emerging Media Design and Development. She teaches upper-level courses in interactive media design, information graphics reporting, and multimedia storytelling. Since 2000, she has been a media design consultant and has worked on the redesigns of more than 30 print and online redesigns. She is the author of The Multimedia Journalist (Oxford University Press, 2013), A Practical Guide to Graphics Reporting (Focal Press, 2006) and Design Interactive, a multimedia textbook on basic design principles. Her research interests include multimedia teaching and learning tools, human-computer interaction, research-informed design, and information graphics. In 2013 she was named the Scripps-Howard Journalism and Mass Communication National Teacher of the Year. George-Palilonis began her career as a journalist as a news designer for the Detroit Free Press. She also worked as the news design editor at the Chicago Sun-Times before becoming a full-time professor.

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Megan McNames

Assistant Director
Megan McNames is an instructor of Journalism at Ball State University, where she serves as director for the Digital Media Minor. Before joining Ball State, McNames was assistant director of the Ball State Journalism Workshops, where she promoted, organized and taught emerging media workshop experiences for high school students and their advisors. She also has worked as a UX designer at the Ball State Center for Media Design and Sticksnleaves and as a freelance reporter for CiNWeekly/Metromix in Cincinnati and M Magazine in Muncie, Ind. She is currently studying Human-Computer Interaction at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.

 

Erika Espinoza

Graduate Assistant 

Erika is a first year graduate student and a graduate assistant in the Emerging Media Design and Development program. She graduated from Ball State University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism graphics and minors in Spanish and digital publishing. She is currently a part-time digital designer for the Phoenix Design Studio, where she collaborates with the USA Today Network innovation team in the production of digital storytelling projects, as well as shared social media content across Gannett studios. This past summer, she was the digital marketing intern at Univision Communications Inc., the largest media company serving the Hispanic audiences in the U.S. Erika is also a former Sports Illustrated, Vox Product, and Phoenix Design Studio intern.

Olivia White

Designer

Olivia White is a junior journalism graphics major with an entrepreneurial management minor at Ball State from Chesterton, Ind. She has been involved in the Daily News as a lead designer and was the editor in chief of two Housing and Residence Life news magazines. She is currently the creative design director for Cardinal Communications.

Bridget Doherty

Designer

Bridget is a sophomore journalism graphics major with minors in computer science and french. She has been involved with the Ball State Daily News as a lead designer, design editor, and developer.

 

Past Student Designers


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Ryan Wiaranowski

Designer

Ryan Wiaranowski is a graduate student in the Emerging Media Design and Development program at Ball State. He graduated from Ball State in 2015 with a major in journalism graphics major and a digital media minor. He was a member of Unified Student Media where he has worked as a page designer, graphics reporter, and as an interactive designer. In the summer of 2014, he interned at the Philadelphia Inquirer. At the paper he designed feature pages, created information graphics, and served as the art director for two full-page World Cup spreads.

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Megan Axsom

Designer

Megan Axsom is a senior journalism graphics major with a minor in digital media at Ball State from Bloomington, Ind. She is a part of the Unified Media Design Studio where she is the design editor for the Daily News. She is currently the secretary/treasurer of Ball State’s student chapter of Society of News Design. Megan was an art intern in the summer of 2016 at Indianapolis Monthly magazine. 

Kelly Hopkins

Designer

Kelly Hopkins is a graduate student in the Emerging Media Design and Development program at Ball State from Kokomo, Ind. She graduated from Ball State in 2015 with a  degree in Journalism Graphics and was also a member of the women’s volleyball team. She was a member of Unified Student Media where she has worked as a page designer, graphics reporter, and an interactive designer. Kelly is also a  freelance graphic designer.

Ellen Hacker

Designer

Ellen Hacker is a senior public relations major with a minor in marketing at Ball State. She is also working to get certified in graphic design. Ellen is currently a member of Cardinal Communications, a student run public relations agency on campus. In the summer of 2016 she interned with YMCA Camp Tecumseh. She helped run their social media accounts, designed promotional material, and took pictures of camp activities to update the website and campers’ parents daily. 

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Nick Proctor

Designer

Nick Proctor is a sophomore Visual Communications major at Ball State from Greenwood, Indiana. He is a member of Adapt/NSAC where he is currently creating designs for a marketing campaign for Snapple. He is also a contracted designer for Chirp Fest as well as a freelance graphic designer in his free time.

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Hannah Dominiak

Designer

Hannah Dominiak is a senior journalism graphics major at Ball State from Whiting, Ind. She is a part of the Unified Media Design Studio where she is a lead designer for Ball Bearings Magazine and a staff designer for the Ball State Daily News. She is currently president of Ball State’s student chapter of Society for News Design. Hannah has previously interned at Time, Inc. in the creative services department at Sports Illustrated and GOLF Magazine, and Chicago Health Magazine. [/vc_column_text]

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Stephanie Redding

Graphics Intern at Boston Globe

Stephanie Redding is graduate of the journalism graphics program at Ball State University. At Ball State, worked for Unified Student Media where she was the graphics editor for the Unified Media Design Lab and a lead designer for the Ball State Daily News. She has designed for Ball Bearings Magazine print and tablet editions, and was a lead designer for the Ball State Weekly tablet app. Stephanie was a design intern for the Cape Cod Times during the summer of 2014.

 

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Briee Eikenberry

Graduate Student/EMDD

Briee Eikenberry is a graduate student in the Emerging Media Design and Development program at Ball State. She graduated from Ball State in 2015 with a major in journalism graphics and a digital media minor. She is currently a graduate assistant at BSU’s University Marketing + Communications Office.

 

Allison Wilson

Videographer

Allison is a sports production student.