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Joel Penney

Associate Professor, School of Communication and Media

Morehead Hall 115
B.S., Northwestern University
M.A., University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
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My name is Dr. Joel Penney, and I’m an Associate Professor at the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. I’m currently doing a research study about how online audiences engage with pop culture news stories that address political issues. The research will be published in a new book under contract at Oxford University Press. I’d like to talk to you about your experiences of posting this type of news story, as well as about your social media and news activities more generally. I’m wondering if you would be willing to participate in a 15 minute interview on Skype or Zoom audio-only call? If you prefer, the interview questions can also be completed through email or text.

There are no direct benefits to you for participating in the study. However, your participation will help contribute knowledge to the field of communication studies regarding how audiences engage with and make sense of pop culture journalism. If you choose to volunteer for this study, your identity will remain completely confidential, and you will be given a pseudonym.

If you are interested in participating in the interview, and you are at least 18 years old, please indicate your interest by emailing me at

Also feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

This study has been approved by Montclair State University Institutional Review Board, Study #19-20-1845.


Areas of specialization:
digital media, social media, critical/cultural studies, political communication, social movements and advocacy, LGBT media representation, qualitative methods

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