The Journalists
Dana Coester

Dana Coester

Web site Design and Content Development
Dialogue on Race and Poverty Editor

Dana Coester, assistant professor in visual communication, has worked in magazine publishing and communication arts for 15 years. She is a former art director and contributor for Southern Living magazine and Southern Living Decorating Step-by-Step as well as many other special interest publications published by Time Inc.’s Southern Progress Corporation. Her professional background also includes book design, editorial development; consulting in magazine publishing; and serving as curator to documentary photojournalism exhibitions.

She teaches courses in magazine editing and production, advertising design, and advertising copywriting, and creative strategies for integrated marketing communications. Her research addresses the intersection of design, multi media and nonlinear storytelling. Her presentation “Stories Without Boundaries: West Virginia Journalism Students use Visual, Nonlinear and Interactive Storytelling to Tell Hurricane Katrina Evacuee Stories with Socio-Economic/Historical Context” was recently accepted at the 6th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations.

Coester recently designed the book “Cancer Stories: Lessons in Love, Loss and Hope” for West Virginia University Press.