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Nepocs new book is out!

Comparing Political Journalism

Edited by Claes de Vreese, Frank Esser, David N. Hopmann. This book is a systematic, in-depth study of the factors that shape and influence political news coverage today and covers news content drawn from newspapers, television news, and news websites from 16 countries. See more here: pol jlism cover

Krakow – Cracow – Krakau

The NEPOCS group is meeting in Cracow, Poland on 6-7 April to discuss recent projects and celebrate the completion of their new book Political Journalism in Comparative Perspective:

Odense calling

At the upcoming ECREA Political Communication Section conference at the Centre for Journalism, University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark 27-28 August several NEPOCS members will present joint projects, some of which are based on data collection conducted jointly by NEPOCS. See more about the conference here.

New member

We are happy to announce that Agnieszka Stępińska from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland recently has joined NEPOCS. Read more about our new member here.

New Perspectives on Populist Political Communication

Workshop and Launch Event of the COST Early Stage Researchers Think Tank, 26 to 30 January, Zurich, Switzerland (Travel Grant Included)

While populist politics is a well-known feature of many European democracies the communicative aspects of this phenomenon have been underexplored or even ignored. However, the study of populist political communication has never been more important, not only against the background of the current social, political, and economic tumult, but also in light of recent populist backlashes against governments and the changing media environment.

The newly initiated COST Action on “Populist Political Communication in Europe” ( includes 26 countries and brings together scholars from different countries to generate state of the art knowledge about the presence and challenge of populist political communication in different democracies. This event is part of the broader COST Action but focuses specifically on young researchers.

Aims of the Event

A core element of the Action is the Early Stage Researchers (ESR) Think Tank which gathers and connects young European scholars from various backgrounds. The launch event for this Think Tank will take place from 26 to 30 January 2015. It will be hosted by the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research and the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) “Democracy” at the University of Zurich. The event will take the shape of an intensive workshop where the participants will have the opportunity to thoroughly present and discuss their ongoing projects. They will also get insights into NCCR Democracy’s Module 2, which analyzes populism in the context of globalization and mediatization.

Deadline for applications is 1 October 2014. If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please feel free to approach the organizers represented by Sven Engesser ( and Nayla Fawzi (

Call for papers

Informal Political Conversation and Public Opinion in a Comparative Perspective

Special Issue of The International Journal of Public Opinion Research

Whether the outcome is knowledge gains, understanding others’ views, opinion polarization, exposure to news, public expression of preferences, or participation, public opinion dynamics have been linked in past scholarship with informal political conversation. However, previous studies are mostly based on data from one or very few countries (or regions) or at a single point in time. Even those studies including more than one country rarely systematically analyse the differences across countries in a truly comparative fashion. With this special issue, we aim at charting this territory: How do motivations, content, frequency and outcomes of informal political conversations vary across countries, regions, or time, and why?

This call for papers asks for studies investigating differences across countries, regions, or time which may influence the nature and effects of interpersonal communication on public opinion, such as differences or changes in media systems (e.g., increasing selectivity), social structures (e.g., increasing residential balkanization), or social norms (e.g., politeness or conflict-avoidance). This call is not limited to empirical analyses, but also asks for conceptual and methodological contributions, e.g. how studies across space or time can be improved with respect to interpersonal communication research.

Deadline for full paper submissions is 30 April 2014. The special issue will be published early 2015.

The special issues is edited by Jörg Matthes, Lilach Nir and David Hopmann.


NEPOCS has successfully applied for a project under the COST framework (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), the project will be called COST ACTION IS1308. The project deals with populistic political communication from different angles. We will regularly update our website with news on the project.

This COST Action brings together researchers to investigate populist political communication and its impact on democratic political life across Europe. This is necessary not only in light of recent populist backlashes in many democracies against governments and political and economic developments, but also in respect to changes in national media and communication systems. In order to comprehend this poorly understood aspect of contemporary political communication this Action will examine three interconnected but distinct aspects of populist political communication: First, populist political communicators and their strategies. Second, the media and populist discourses and frames. Third, citizen’s engagement with populist political messages and the effect of these messages. This Action will provide a thorough critical review of existing knowledge, much improved research co-ordination, widen co-operation between scholars, bridge gaps in existing knowledge and strengthen dialogue with various societal stakeholders, benefiting media organizations, NGOs and policy actors as well as the wider scientific community.


Update 20 November 2013: The COST Action is now available online on, see more here.

Milan calling

At the upcoming ECREA Political Communication Conference, held 19-20 September in Milan, Italy NEPOCS will present our current book project on political journalism across Europe. See more in the conference program here.