The Discursive Construction Of The Gamification Of Journalism

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Dr.. Gregory Perreault, Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: 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 demonstrates how journalists have negotiated gamification’s place within journalism’s boundaries. The discourse addresses criticism that gamified news is a move toward infotainment and makes the case for gamification as serious journalism anchored in norms of audience engagement. Thus, gamification does not constitute institutional change since it is construed as an extension of existing institutional norms and beliefs.

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Vos TP, Perreault GP. The discursive construction of the gamification of journalism. Convergence. 2020;26(3):470-485. doi:10.1177/1354856520909542. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2020
Boundary work, discourse analysis, discursive institutionalism, gamification, gamifying news, institutional change, journalism studies

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