Jonathan Elmer, who worked as a visual communications professor from 2015 to 2017 at Washington State University, holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Ohio State University. Jon was a journalist for twenty years in New York City at the world headquarters of the Associated Press and Bloomberg News.
Several of his WSU students quickly found success in the workplace, with one who worked as an intern on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon after creating a parody rap video that went viral on the internet and was broadcast by Mr. Fallon. Companies where some of his other students now work include Microsoft, Amazon.com and television stations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Jon was chosen to help create and administer a month-long study abroad program in Greecefor WSU communication students in June 2017. His efforts culminated in directing students as they created social media programs in collaboration with businesses in the country.
Working as a mentor, Jon is widely known for quickly establishing a rapport with both students and professionals. His teaching style garnered a wide following at WSU among the communications school cohort and Jon’s video classes were always quickly filled.
Throughout his career, Jon has always worked to anticipate trends in technology that would affect visual communicators. Shortly after the Federal Aviation Administration created licensing for commercial drone pilots in 2016, Jon received his certification and now shoots aerial video. While at Bloomberg News, he created the position of multimedia producer to publish stories including video, audio, and stills across multiple platforms for a global audience.
Jon continues his work with drones and is developing a syllabus to teach a course on the subject for college students. He also continues to work as a freelance videographer.