Rosemary Pennington

Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Journalism

Rosemary PenningtonRosemary Pennington’s research focuses on the way media represent members of marginalized or minority groups, with a specific focus on the representations of Muslims. She’s the co-editor, with Hilary Kahn of Indiana University, of On Islam: Muslims and the Media from Indiana University Press. The book is a mix of essays from scholars, activists, and media practitioners discussing the misrepresentation of Muslims in media and offering best practices for reporters covering Muslim communities.

Pennington has published research on the Steubenville rape case, Orientalism and Katy Perry, and the rise of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment in New Media & Society, Journal of Communication Inquiry, and International Communication Gazette. Works in progress include an edited volume on media and ISIS, the representation of Muslims in popular media, and Orientalism in Universal’s 2017 film The Mummy.

In 2017, Pennington joined “The Young Scholars Network on Culture, Media Uses, and Media Effects.” Funded by the German Research Foundation and based at Touro College Berlin, the group "will think about how individuals with different cultural backgrounds, world-views, and values use the media, what type of (cultural) gratifications they obtain from doing this, and in what ways these outcomes affect their cultural identities."

Pennington received her Ph.D. in mass communication from Indiana University in 2015. While at IU she managed the Voices and Visions project based in the Center for the Study of Global Change. During her time with Voices and Visions she served as the producer of its Crash Course in Islam podcast and the host/producer of the Muslim Voices podcast. She also managed the @muslimvoices Twitter account and the Muslim Voices Facebook page.

In her pre-academia life, Pennington was a broadcast journalist. During her undergrad years at Ohio University, she worked as a reporter/anchor/producer at WOUB News and, after graduating with a BSJ from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in 2001, served as the managing editor of the WOUB newsroom for two years. From 2003 to 2007, Pennington was the afternoon host/producer at WBHM FM in Birmingham, AL. Her science and medical reporting for WBHM helped her win the Alabama Associated Press's Best Specialized Reporter award two years in a row.

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