Dr. Gregory Perreault

Gregory P. Perreault (Ph.D., Missouri) is a scholar of journalism and multimedia journalism professor at Appalachian State University. His research extends to journalistic epistemology, hostility in journalism and digital labor. He currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee of Research for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and as book review editor for Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. He was awarded the Fulbright-Botstiber Professorship in Austrian-American Studies at the University of Vienna Journalism Studies Center (2020-2021).

There are 30 included publications by Dr. Gregory Perreault :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Audience As Journalistic Boundary Worker: The Rhetorical Use Of Comments To Critique Media Practice, Assert Legitimacy And Claim Authority 2021 800 Through a textual analysis of online comments in response to live broadcast from the San Bernardino shooters' apartment, we explore the rhetorical strategies the audience used to legitimate its participation in boundary work. Our study demonstrates t...
Covering Hate: Field Theory And Journalistic Role Conception In Reporting On White Nationalist Rallies 2020 621 In the United States, journalists covering white nationalist groups find themselves in an impossible situation: how do you cover the newsworthy rallies—and the concerns raised by the local community—without providing a platform for hate speech? The p...
Covering Religion: Field Insurgency In United States Religion Reporting 2022 421 The present study analyzes the role of religion reporting with the journalistic field. Personnel cuts within newsrooms and the development of “religion reporters” operating from religious institutions necessitate a re-exploration of the changing fiel...
Depictions Of Female Protagonists In Digital Games: A Narrative Analysis Of 2013 DICE Award-Winning Digital Games 2016 1159 Digital games historically hold a spotty record on gender depictions. The lack of depth in female characters has long been the norm; however, an increasing number of female protagonists are headlining games. This study used narrative theory to examin...
Digital Journalism And The Facilitation Of Hate 2023 653 Digital Journalism and the Facilitation of Hate explores the process by which digital journalists manage the coverage of hate speech and “hate groups,” and considers how digital journalists can best avoid having their work used to lend legitimacy to ...
Discourse Of Gaming: A Conceptual Framework Of Gaming As An Interpretive Community 2022 1108 Situating gaming as a cultural practice aimed at constructing issues of power through cultural discussions necessitates a framework of discourse of gaming to explain how meanings around gaming practice develop. Built on the premise that gaming offers...
The Discursive Construction Of The Gamification Of Journalism 2020 1514 This study explores the discursive, normative construction of gamification within journalism. Rooted in a theory of discursive institutionalism and by analyzing a significant corpus of metajournalistic discourse from 2006 to 2019, the study demonstra...
Field Insurgency In Lifestyle Journalism: How Lifestyle Journalists Marginalize Instagram Influencers And Protect Their Autonomy 2022 780 While Facebook and Twitter have received significant scholarly attention for their role in shaping the journalistic field, Instagram has received sparse attention in comparison. The present study examines how lifestyle journalists (n=63) from Austria...
The First Lady Of Social Media: The Visual Rhetoric Of Michelle Obama's Twitter Images 2018 2526 While American first ladies have long used media to craft their image, Michelle Obama is the first contemporary first lady to use social media to promote her public persona. We use the lens of symbolic convergence theory to explore the fantasy themes...
The GamerGate Controversy And Journalistic Paradigm Maintenance 2016 1186 GamerGate is a viral campaign that became an occasion, particularly from August 2014 to January 2015, to both question journalistic ethics and badger women involved in game development and gaming criticism. Gaming journalists thus found themselves ma...
Guarding The Firewall: How Political Journalists Distance Themselves From The Editorial Endorsement Process 2022 624 Through a lens of boundary work and role conception, this study seeks to understand how political journalists discursively construct the role of the newspaper editorial endorsement. Researchers conducted long-form interviews with political journalist...
Islam Is Everywhere: Pre-Arab Spring Coverage Of Islam In The English Egyptian Press 2014 793 This study investigates how Islam is reported by English-language Egyptian media. Much research has examined the orientalism that occurs in the coverage of Islam in the West, but little has occurred on how Islam is covered in a Muslim-majority contex...
“It’s Not Hate But …?”: Marginal Categories In Rural Journalism 2022 469 Journalists who cover rural areas in the United States say they are afraid to report on hate groups, and this fear is exacerbated by close community ties and limited resources among rural journalists. We examine the concept of “hate speech” as a boun...
The Lifestyle Of Lifestyle Journalism: How Reporters Discursively Manage Their Aspirations In Their Daily Work 2022 482 This study seeks to explore the motivations and labor of lifestyle, or “soft news,” journalists. Rooted in the lens of discursive institutionalism and through 30 interviews with lifestyle journalists in the United States, this study reflects on the a...
Local Is Now National: The Athletic As A Model For Online Local News 2022 564 Through the lens of disruptive innovation, the present study explores a potential model for local journalism — one that has proven particularly successful for sports journalism in The Athletic. The present study reports on in-depth interviews with At...
Media And Mass Shootings: Field Theory In CNN News Coverage Of The Columbine High School And Parkland High School Mass Shootings 2022 446 Through discourse analysis, this article seeks to compare the cable news coverage of the Columbine High School shooting and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting (n=81) in the first two days of coverage using field theory, with CNN broadc...
Metaiournalistic Discourse And Reporting Policies On White Nationalism 2022 78 In 2016 and 2017, several newsrooms presented guidelines for using the term “alt-right” in the wake of events such as the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia (USA) and the US presidential campaign of Donald Trump. This study analyzed m...
Metajournalistic Discourse As A Stabilizer Within The Journalistic Field: Journalistic Practice In The COVID-19 Pandemic 2021 884 The COVID-19 Pandemic created a twofold challenge for journalists: first, the task of gathering and distributing information vital to the responses of the public and second, the challenge of mitigating the complexities of the journalism field. The pu...
Metajournalistic Discourse On The Rise Of Gaming Journalism 2019 1090 Gaming journalism, which finds its origins in public relations-oriented gaming magazines, discursively attached itself to traditional journalism in the wake of the 2014 GamerGate controversy. Yet it had remained unclear where gaming journalism fits w...
Mobile Journalism As Lifestyle Journalism? 2018 3491 Mobile journalism is one of the fastest areas of growth in the modern journalism industry. Yet mobile journalists find themselves in a place of tension, between print, broadcast, and digital journalism and between traditional journalism and lifestyle...
Narrative Framing Of The Syrian Refugee Crisis In British Religious News 2019 1624 This paper examines how religious news organizations in the UK covered the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe. Using narrative framing theory, this paper examines all coverage from 2015 and 2016 published in BBC Religion (a part of BBC News), The Muslim...
Normalizing Instagram 2023 260 In less than seven years, Instagram has grown five-fold and in 2021 overtook Twitter globally as a source of news. Here we engage the recurrent debate regarding the normalization of digital tools through interviews with lifestyle journalists from Aus...
Politicians, Photographers, And A Pope: How State-Controlled And Independent Media Covered Francis's 2015 Cuba Visit 2017 130 Pope Francis’s 2015 visit to Cuba provided a unique opportunity for a comparative study of state-controlled and independent media systems. This study, grounded in the interpretivist tradition, uses symbolic convergence theory and fantasy theme analys...
The Psychology Of Student Wellness: Relationships, Detractors And Exam Anxiety 2019 170 Recent reports on university student wellness expose a disturbing trend. Students indicate heightened depression and anxiety, with a decrease in healthy lifestyle behaviors. The most significant inhibitors to wellness were related to university activ...
Punishing Brady, Redeeming Brady: A Fantasy Theme Analysis Of Memes From The 2015 Deflategate Controversy 2019 1704 This research explores the memes from the 2015 Deflategate controversy shared via Twitter. Through the lens of Symbolic Convergence Theory (SCT), and its associated method of Fantasy Theme Analysis, these memes illustrate four distinct fantasies that...
Richard Sherman Speaks And Almost Breaks The Internet: Race, Media, And Football 2016 1014 On January 19, 2014, NFL star Richard Sherman made a game winning play, blocking a pass intended for receiver Michael Crabtree in a matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. In an interview with Erin Andrews immediately follow...
Teaching Religion And Media: Syllabi And Pedagogy 2015 835 This study explores the pedagogy of Religion and Media. The topic has garnered growing attention in recent years (Stout, 2012) and the sheer array of classes is a testament to its status as a lively growing topic. This study takes a non-normative, ex...
Towards A "Digital" Sports Journalism: Field Theory, Changing Boundaries And Evolving Technologies 2022 2320 Long trivialized as the "toy department," sports journalism nevertheless represents an enduring, and vital subfield within journalism. As with many niches of journalism, sports journalism has needed to adjust to changes resulting from the technology ...
What Is Sports Journalism? How COVID-19 Accelerated A Redefining Of U.S. Sports Reporting 2022 490 The coronavirus pandemic placed sports journalism in a vulnerable state, which necessitated a reconsideration of what it means to conduct sports journalism. Through the theoretical framework of metajournalistic discourse, the present study reports on...
When Journalists Are Voiceless: How Lifestyle Journalists Cover Hate And Mitigate Harassment 2022 395 Often trivialized within the broader journalistic field, lifestyle journalists would seem to have the dream job: the opportunity to get paid to do what they love. The present study explores an under-discussed but material aspect of the job; namely, h...