School of Communication & Journalism

Gheni Platenburg

Gheni Platenburg Assistant Professor, Journalism
232C Tichenor Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday 9-10:30 a.m.


Gheni Platenburg is an assistant professor in the School of Communication and Journalism at Auburn University. She teaches multimedia journalism courses and advises the university’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Her research interests primarily fall at the intersection of race and media. More specifically, she studies the Black Press, black identity, media portrayals and pop culture. Her co-authored research has been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Black Studies. Additionally, she has presented her work at conferences for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the American Journalism Historian Association, and the American Association for Public Opinion Research.

Platenburg earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in community journalism from the University of Alabama. She later earned a doctorate in media and public affairs from Louisiana State University. She was recently inducted as a Kopenhaver Center Fellow

Prior to embarking on a career in academia, Platenburg worked as an award-winning multimedia journalist at both daily and weekly newspapers and television stations in Florida, Texas, Alabama and Washington, D.C. Currently, she works as a freelance journalist for The Washington Post Talent Network. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.


  • PhD, Louisana State University
  • MA, University of Alabama
  • BA, Florida A&M University

Last Updated: August 19, 2021