First annual International Journal of Press/Politics conference


Wednesday, 16/09/2015 to Friday, 18/09/2015


19:00 to 18:00


TBC, Oxford
Frank Esser, Professor of International & Comparative Media Research, University of Zurich

On September 16th-18th 2015, the Reuters Institute will host the first annual International Journal of Press/Politics conference, focused on academic research on the relation between media and political processes around the world.

A selection of the best papers presented at the conference will be published in the journal after peer review. The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 27th 2015. Attendees will be notified of acceptance by April 27.

Professor Frank Esser from the University of Zurich will deliver a keynote lecture “When news logic meets politics. A cross-national and cross-temporal investigation of key changes in public affairs coverage.”

The conference brings together scholars doing internationally-oriented or comparative research on the intersection between news media and politics around the world. It aims to provide a forum for academics from a wide range of different disciplines and countries to discuss the theoretical, methodological, and substantial challenges and opportunities for research in this area.

It is open to work from political science, political communication, journalism studies, media and communications research and many other fields, and is especially interested in providing advanced doctoral students and junior researchers an opportunity to meet fellow scholars in a good environment.

Examples of relevant topics include the political implications of current changes in the media, the relative importance of new forms of digital media for engaging with news and politics, studies of the role of entertainment and popular culture in how people follow current affairs, studies of relations between political actors and journalists, research on political communication beyond the electoral context (including of government, interest groups, and social movements), all with a particular interest in studies that focus on under-researched parts of the world, develop comparative approaches, or represent substantial theoretical or methodological advances.

Titles and abstracts for papers (250 words max) are invited by Friday March 27th 2015. Please send submissions to the email address with the subject line “IJPP conference submission” and with the full title, abstract, and your name and professional affiliation attached in a word document.

Please contact the conference organizer, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (RISJ Director of Research and IJPP Editor-in-Chief) with questions at

More about the journal and the keynote speaker below

The International Journal of Press/Politics (

IJPP is an interdisciplinary journal for the analysis and discussion of the role of the press and politics in a globalized world. The journal publishes theoretical and empirical research which analyzes the linkages between the news media and political processes and actors around the world, emphasize international and comparative work, and links research in the fields of political communication and journalism studies, and the disciplines of political science and media and communication.

Keynote Speaker – Frank Esser

Frank Esser is Professor of International & Comparative Media Research at the University of Zurich. He has worked at several other universities in Germany and the United States and as a professional journalist. His research focuses on cross-national studies of news journalism and political communication, and he is well-known for his contributions to developing the theoretical and methodological frameworks of comparative media research. He is the author of many academic publications and has edited several journal special issues as well as the Handbook of Comparative Communication Research (with Thomas Hanitzsch) and Comparing Political Communication (with Barbara Pfetsch). In addition, he has served in multiple offices in both the ICA and ECREA and is a co-founder of the Network of European Political Communication Scholars (NEPOCS).