Research and Creative InterestsPolitical Entertainment, Political Communication, News Parody, Perceptions of News Media, Satire,
Jason Peifer, Ph.D. (The Ohio State University), is an assistant professor in the Media School, Indiana University. With professional experience in public radio, he teaches broadcast journalism and media ethics. His research interests center on the intersection of journalism, political humor, and perceptions of the news media, with his most recent work examining public perceptions of the news media's importance and news parody's influence on elements of media trust. His scholarship has been published in a variety of outlets, including the Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Media Psychology, Mass Communication & Society, Communication Quarterly, The Communication Review, and the Journal of Mass Media Ethics. His research record earned him Ohio State’s Emery Memorial Scholarship in 2013—an annual award given to one junior graduate in the School of Communication for outstanding student research. Furthermore, he was awarded the Top Student Paper distinction by AEJMC’s Communication Theory and Methodology Division in 2015.
Peifer, J.T. (2017). Imitation as flattery: How TV news parody’s media criticism can influence perceived news media importance and media trust. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. doi:10.1177/1077699017713002
Peifer, J.T. (2016). Parody humor’s process of influence: The roles of sympathy and enjoyment in shaping political perceptions. Mass Communication and Society, 19, 173-196. doi: 10.1080/15205436.2015.1072723
Peifer, J.T., & Holbert, R.L. (2016). Appreciation of pro-attitudinal versus counter-attitudinal political humor: A cognitive consistency approach to the study of political entertainment. Communication Quarterly, 64, 16-35. doi: 10.1080/01463373.2015.1078828
Peifer, J.T. (2013). Palin, framing, and Saturday Night Live: Examining the dynamics of political parody. The Communication Review, 16, 155-177. doi: 10.1080/10714421.2013.807117
Peifer, J.T., & Holbert, R.L. (2013). Developing a systematic assessment of humor in the context of the 2012 U.S. general election debates. Argumentation and Advocacy, 49, 286-300.
Carlson, M., & Peifer, J.T. (2013). The impudence of being earnest: Jon Stewart, the journalistic community, and boundary traversal. Journal of Communication, 63, 333-350. doi: 10.1111/jcom.12019
Peifer, J.T. (2012). Can we be funny?: The social responsibility of political humor. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 27, 263-276. doi: 10.1080/08900523.2012.746110