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.