Frank Esser

Frank Esser, Prof. Dr.

Professor of International and Comparative Media Research Andreasstrasse 15, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland

Phone: +41 (0)44 635 20 44

frank.esser@uzh.ch

Curriculum vitae

2006–today    Professor of International and Comparative Media Research at the University of Zurich (Switzerland).
2015–today Adjunct Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo (Norway)
2016 Visiting Professor and Research Scholar in the Department of Communication at the University of California-San Diego (USA).
2012 Visiting Professor and Research Scholar in the Department of Communication at the University of California-San Diego (USA).
2009 Visiting Professor and Lecturer in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas-Austin (USA).
2004–2006 Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri-Columbia (USA).
2000–2001 Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma (USA).
1997–2004 Assistant Professor in the Institute fuer Publizistik at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz (Germany). Venia legendi (right to teach as professor in Germany, Austria, Switzerland) earned with a habilitation research program on “Metacoverage in British, German and U.S. Election News.”
1997 Doctoral Degree in Mass Communications from Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz (Germany); Thesis: „The Powers Behind the Headlines. A Comparison of British and German Journalism.”
1994–1997 Lecturer and Research Associate at the Universities of Mannheim and Munich (Germany).
1994 Masters Degree in Mass Communications from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz (Germany); Thesis: „Work Routines and Editorial Structures in British Newsrooms.”
1992 Diploma in International Journalism from City University, London (Great Britain); Thesis: „The Impact of European Media Law Initiatives on the British Press.”

Teaching and Research Interests

Political Communication, Journalism, News, Media Systems, Cross-Nationally Comparative Research, Mediatization

Bio Sketch

In addition to my full-time position as Professor of International & Comparative Media Research at the University of Zurich I also hold a part-time Adjunct Professorship in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo. I have spent several years at universities in the United States, either as tenure-track assistant professor (U of Missouri-Columbia) or as visiting professor (U of Oklahoma-Norman; U of Texas-Austin; U of California-San Diego). I received my first degree from City University London in International Journalism and had internships at The Independent newspaper and CNN’s World Business Today program. Later, before and after my PhD, I worked at various German universities (Mainz, Mannheim, and Munich). Today, my research focuses on cross-national studies of news journalism and political communication. My recent publications fall into several broad categories:

  • Conceptual contributions to comparative (political) communication research as a new subfield of our discipline
  • Studies on the mediatization of politics
  • Studies on the relationship between political populism and the media
  • Studies on news cultures and journalistic traditions in Western media systems
  • Studies on the professionalization of political publicity (‘spin doctoring’) and on its deconstruction by the news media (‘metacoverage’)
  • Studies on the democratic news performance of online media
  • Studies on the political socialization of young people in a media saturated environment

Most of my empirical research has a strong content-analysis component yet some studies also include surveys (for instance my projects on youth socialization and media populism).

Apart from research, I am also involved in improving the infrastructures in our field. I am Chair of the Political Communication Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and previously served as Chair of the Journalism Division of the International Communication Association (ICA). In addition I am member of the steering committee of an EU-funded Cooperation in Science and Technology (“COST”)-Network on Populism and enjoy tremendously my involvement in the Network of European Political Communication Scholars (NEPOCS) which I co-founded. In Zurich I am Co-Director of the NCCR Democracy, a National Center of Competence in Research funded by the Swiss Science Foundation; it unites 80 political scientists and communication scholars to study the impact of globalization and mediatization on Western democracies. In addition to acquiring valuable management experience, these engagements have also helped me carry out broader and more sophisticated international comparative studies in fascinating constellations. My backbone is the fantastic research group I have here in Zurich which makes me come to work with a smile in my face every day.

Activities

2016-today Member of the Task Force on ICA Community
2016-today Member of ICA’s Young Scholar Award Committee
2015-today Member of “POLCOM - Norwegian Center for Political Communication” at the University of Oslo.
2014-today Core Group Leadership Member of EU-funded Consortium in Science and Technology (COST) IS1308 “Populist Political Communication in Europe: Comprehending the Challenge of Mediated Political Populism for Democratic Politics”. Chair of work package 2, “The media and populism”. 
2012-today Chair of the Political Communication Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).
2009–2013 Chair / Member of the Publications Committee of the International Communication Association (ICA).
2008–2012 Chair of the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association (ICA).
2009–today Member of the International Advisory Board of the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR).
2008–today Initiator and Co-Chair of the “Network of European Political Communication Scholars” (Nepocs).
2008–today Board Member of the “Center of Politics and Communication” at the University of Amsterdam
2007–today Deputy Director of the “NCCR Democracy”, the Swiss Research Center on Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century. With an annual budget of US$ 4 million from the Swiss Science Foundation and the University of Zurich, this NCCR (National Center of Competence in Research) unites 100 political scientists and communication scientists to study the impact of globalization and mediatization on societies.
2006–today Editorial Board Member of “Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism”; “Political Communication”, “International Journal of Press/Politics”; “International Journal of Public Opinion Research”, “Politik und Kommunikation”
2006–2008 Co-Director of “SwissGIS”, the Swiss Center for Studies on the Global Information Society.
2005–today Reviewer of funding proposals for the Swiss, German and Dutch National Science Foundations.
1996–today Manuscript reviewer for international journals.

Research Grants

The Mediatization of Populism – Challenge to Democracy? Funded by Polish Science Foundation (Harmonia Grant). US$ 80,000 (together with A. Stepinska)

Populist Online Communication in Europe: Self-Representation, Media Representation, and Audience Reconstruction of Political Actors. US$ 180,000 (together with Sven Engesser)

Populist Political Communication in Europe: Comprehending the Challenge of Mediated Political Populism for Democratic Politics. EUR 600,000 (EU-funded Cooperation in Science and Technology (CoST) together with Toril Aalberg, Claes deVreese and others, 36 countries)

The Appeal of Populist Ideas and Messages. Understanding Populism in the Context of Denationalization and Mediatization. US$ 2,400,000 (together with Werner Wirth, Marco Steenbergen, Hanspeter Kriesi, Daniele Caramani).

Comparing Online News Under Different Market Conditions: A Cross-National Study of News Performance. US$ 170,000.

Mediatization of Political Reality: Implications of Media-Centered Reporting Styles for Democracy. US$ 340,000.

Mediatization of Political Attitudes: Becoming a Democratic Citizen in a Multi-Media Environment US$ 380,000 (together with Claes de Vreese and Heinz Bonfadelli).

Explaining Differences in Political News: A Comparative Analysis Across Four Democracies and Four Decades. US$ 86,000

Journalism Cultures in International Comparision. US$ 140,000 (together with Thomas Hanitzsch).

Media and Xenophobia. US$ 60,000 (together with Hans-Bernd Brosius and Juergen Winkler).

Additional smaller grants totaling US$ 65,000. Grant providers include Swiss Science Foundation, German Science Foundation, European Union Research Center, Center for Intercultural Studies, and others.

Frank in the Swiss media

(Selection)

UZH Magazin, "Populismus und Medien"
http://www.kommunikation.uzh.ch/dam/jcr:605be9d0-16c5-4e72-8ff3-f4587f276d75/uzh-magazin-2016-1-48.pdf

Blick, "Donald Trump tritt jedem ans Schienbein"
http://www.blick.ch/news/ausland/uswahlen/wahlkampf-experte-erklaert-den-erfolg-des-grossmaul-republikaners-trump-tritt-jedem-ans-schienbein-id4724931.html

Schweiz am Sonntag, "Trump imponiert denen, die Mumm vermissen"

PDF (PDF, 598 KB)

Radio 1 (CH): Frank Esser on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

beitrag_jay_leno.mp3 (MP3, 3150 KB)

UZH News: "Unromantisch aber sehr effektiv" http://www.uzh.ch/news/articles/2012/unromantisch--aber-sehr-effektiv.html

Schaffhauser Nachrichten: "Fernsehen bleibt die Hauptquelle"  http://www.ipmz.uzh.ch/News/NewsInstitut/Obama/wahlkampf_usa_esser.pdf

DRS 4: "Wahlkampf ohne Humor und Visionen" http://www.srf.ch/play/radio/drs-4-aktuell/audio/wahlkampf-ohne-humor-und-visionen?id=44443bdc-7bd2-4e70-b7c8-2587d58ed996

Radio 24:  http://www.ipmz.uzh.ch/News/NewsInstitut/Obama/radio_esser.mp3

UZH News: "Dieses Duell wird Fernsehgeschichte schreiben" http://www.uzh.ch/news/articles/2012/dieses-duell-wird-fernsehgeschichte-schreiben.html

DRS 4: "TV-Duell: Joe Biden als Kettenhund Obamas?" http://www.srf.ch/play/radio/drs-4-aktuell/audio/tv-duell-joe-biden-als-kettenhund-obamas?id=909ea38e-6018-4d77-b2a4-a5c4dbc9775e

UZH News: "Obama ist müde am Ball vorbeispaziert" http://www.uzh.ch/news/articles/2012/obama-ist-muede-am-ball-vorbeispaziert.html

UZH News: "Ohne Lust und Neugier geht gar nichts"  http://www.uzh.ch/news/articles/2011/ohne-lust-und-neugier-geht-gar-nichts.html

UZH News: "Es wird keinen Seuselwahlkampf geben" http://www.uzh.ch/news/articles/2011/es-wird-keinen-saeuselwahlkampf-geben.html

Demokratiepodium Aarau: "Demokratietage Aarau: Die Demokratie zwischen Wahlkampf und Politik" http://www.nccr-democracy.uzh.ch/media_articles/2011/AZ_Podium_110408.pdf

UZH News: "Staatshilfe - nein, danke" http://www.uzh.ch/news/articles/2009/staatshilfe---nein-danke.html

NZZ: "Sonderfall auch im Wahlkampf" http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/schweiz/sonderfall-auch-im-wahlkampf-1.11155017

NZZ: "Die USA weisen nicht allein den Weg" http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/startseite/die-usa-weisen-nicht-allein-den-weg-1.13619867

European Journalism Observartory: "Schockwellen im Mediensystem" http://de.ejo-online.eu/4812/ethik-qualitatssicherung/schockwellen-im-mediensystem

Zentrum für Demokratieforschung Aarau: "Direkte Demokratie und politische Kommunikation in der Informationsgesellschaft: Herausforderungen für den Kanton Aargau"http://www.zora.uzh.ch/55905/1/bericht_Heiden_direkte_demokratie.pdf

DRS 2: "Das Internet macht keine Revolution" http://drs.srf.ch/www/de/drs2/sendungen/netzgespraech/106545.sh10176480.html

DRS 1: "Die Medien der Zukunft"  http://drs.srf.ch/www/de/drs1/sendungen/mit-drs-1-i-d-zuekunft/165867.sh10156107.html

Kompetenzzentrum SWISSGIS: "Tatsachen und Meinungen" http://www.swissgis.uzh.ch/medien/swissgis_unireport_2008.pdf

NCCR Democracy: “Globalization, mediatization, and populism in Europe” http://www.nccr-democracy.uzh.ch/document-store/newsletter/nccr_newsletter_aug15_web.pdf

NCCR Democracy: "Taking stock of the NCCR Democracy’s achievements as it enters its final research phase” http://www.nccr-democracy.u zh.ch/document-store/newsletter/NCCR_Newsletter_April2014.pdf

NCCR Democracy: "Visit to China: a travelogue" http://www.nccr-democracy.uzh.ch/document-store/newsletter/NCCR_Newsletter_9_web.pdf

NCCR Democracy: "The growing interdependence of media and politics and its implications for democracy" http://www.nccr-democracy.uzh.ch/document-store/newsletter/NCCRNewsletter_10_Juni2012.pdf

NCCR Democracy: "Taking stock after four years of research" http://www.nccr-democracy.uzh.ch/document-store/newsletter/NCCR_Newsletter_7.pdf

Awards, Acknowledgements

2015Key Note address at Annual Conference of the Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research, U of Berne

Key Note address at First Action Conference of COST IS1308 “Populist Political Communication in Europe”, U of Athens

Key Note address at First Annual Conference of the International Journal of Press/Politics, U of Oxford

Key Note address at Launch of POLKOM Center, U of Oslo

2015Shortlisted for university-wide “Award for Best Teaching” (Top Ten Nominee) at the University of Zurich.
2015“Outstanding Article of the Year Award”, Honorary Mention from the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) for “The Evolution of Objective and Interpretative Journalism in the Western Press”, published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 91(2), 2014, pp 229-249.
2014Reappointed as Editorial Board Member of “Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism”; “Political Communication”, “International Journal of Press/Politics”; “International Journal of Public Opinion Research”.
2014 “Top Faculty Paper Award” received from the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) for paper, “The Push to Popularize Politics: Understanding the Audience-Friendly Packaging of Political News in Six Media Systems since the 1960s”.
2013 Invited to deliver the Jay Blumler Lecture at the University of Leeds. Title: “Journalism in Times of Globalization“.
2011 Special Award for Continued Excellence in Teaching at the University of Zurich.
2010 Shortlisted for university-wide “Award for Best Teaching” (Top Ten Nominee) at the University of Zurich.
2009 Shortlisted for university-wide “Award for Best Teaching” (Top Ten Nominee) at the University of Zurich.
2009 “Best Political Article of the Year Award” received from the Political Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) for study, “Dimension of News Cultures”, published in the International Journal of Press/Politics, 13:4, 2008.
2006 “Top 3 Journal Article of the Year Award” received from the German Communication Association (DGPuK) for study, “Metacoverage of Wars / Metaberichterstattung über Kriege”, published in Medien und Kommunikationswissenschaft, 53:2, 2005 (with C. Schwabe, J. Wilke).
2003, 2001, 1996 “Top Paper Awards” received at three at annual conventions of the International Communication Association (ICA) for convention papers on media politics, metacoverage and mediated political violence (with B. Spanier; H.B. Brosius).
1998 “University Research Prize” received from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz for the Best Dissertation of the Year, entitled “The Powers Behind the Headlines: A Comparison of British and German Journalism” (2500 EUR).
1994 Special Award for „Best Master Thesis od the Year“ conferred by Institute fuer Publizistik, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (on international newsroom analyses).
1992 „Lord Hartwell Prize“ for Best Newspaper Feature at Graduate Centre for Journalism, City University London (on media tycoon Robert Maxwell’s death).

Selected Publications

All my publications are available for download here: http://uzh.academia.edu/FrankEsser

2016

Aalberg, T., Esser, F., Reinemann, C., Strömbäck, J. & Vreese C. d. (Eds.) (2016). Populist Political Communication in Europe. London: Routledge.

Brüggemann, M., Humprecht, E., Nielsen, R. K., Karppinen, K., Cornia, A., Esser, F. (2016). Framing the Newspaper ‘Crisis’. How Debates on the State of the Press Are Shaped in Finland, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and United States. Journalism Studies, 17(5), 533-551.

Curran, J., Esser, F., Hallin, D.C., Hayashi, K., & Lee, C. C. (2016). International News and Global Integration: A Five Nation Reappraisal. Journalism Studies, Vol. 17, online first, DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2015.1050056.

De Vreese, C., Esser, F., & Hopmann, F. (2016). Comparing Political Journalism. London: Routledge.

Engesser, S., Ernst, N., Esser, F., & Büchel, F. (2016). Populism and Social Media: How Politicians Spread a Fragmented Ideology. Information, Communication and Society, DOI:10.1080/1369118X.2016.1207697.

Ernst, N., Engesser, S., & Esser, F. (2016). Switzerland: Favorable Conditions for Growing Populism. In T. Aalberg, F. Esser, C. Reinemann, J. Strömbäck & C. d. Vreese (Eds.), Populist Political Communication in Europe. Routledge, 151-164.

Esser, F. (2016). Journalismustheorie und komparative Forschung. In Martin Löffelholz & Liane Rothenberger (Eds.), Handbuch Journalismustheorien. Wiesbaden: Springer VS Verlag, 111-130.

Esser, F. (2016). Komparative Kommunikationswissenschaft: Ein Feld formiert sich. Studies in Communication Sciences, 16(1), DOI: 10.1016/j.scoms.2016.03.005.

Esser, F., & Steppat, D. (2016). News Media Use: International Comparative Research. In P. Roessler, C. Hoffner & L. v. Zoonen (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Media Effects. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Esser, F., & Vliegenthart, R. (2016). Comparative Research Methods. In J. Matthes, R. Potter & C. S. Davis (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Esser, F., Stepinska, A., & Hopmann, D. N. (2016). Populism and the Media. Cross-National Findings and Perspectives. In T. Aalberg, F. Esser, C. Reinemann, J. Strömbäck & C. d. Vreese (Eds.), Populist Political Communication in Europe. Routledge, 365-380.

Hayashi, K., Curran, J., Kwak, S., Esser, F., Hallin, D.C., & Lee, C. C. (2016). Pride and Prejudice: A Five-Nation Comparative Study of Olympics Television News Coverage. Journalism Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2015.1019550.

Pfetsch, B., & Esser, F. (2016). Comparative Research. In G. Mazzoleni, K. Barnhurst, K. Ikeda, R. Maia & H. Wessler (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Political Communication (Vol. 1). London: Wiley-Blackwell, 184-193.

Reinemann, C., Esser, F., Strömbäck, J., Vreese, C. de, & Aalberg, T. (2016). Defining Populism and Populist Communication. In T. Aalberg, F. Esser, C. Reinemann, J. Strömbäck & C. d. Vreese (Eds.), Populist Political Communication in Europe. Routledge, 12-25.

Schmuck, D., Heiss, R., Matthes, J., Engesser, S., & Esser, F. (2017). Antecedents of Strategic Game Framing in Political News Coverage. Journalism, DOI: 10.1177/1464884916648098.

Umbricht, A., & Esser, F. (2016). The Push to Popularize Politics: Understanding the Audience-Friendly Packaging of Political News in Six Media Systems since the 1960s. Journalism Studies, 17(1), 100-121.

Wirth, W., Esser, F., Wettstein, M., Engesser, S., Wirz, D., Schulz, A., Ernst, N., Büchel, F., Caramani, D., Manucci, L., Steenbergen, M., Laurent, B., Weber, E., Hänggli, R., Dalmus, C., & Schemer, C. (2016). The Appeal of Populist Ideas, Strategies and Styles: A Theoretical Model and Research Design for Analyzing Populist Political Communication. Working Paper 88 of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) on Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century. University of Zurich. Online at www.nccr-democracy.uzh.ch/publications/workingpaper/wp88.

2015

Esser, F. (2015). Comparative Political Communication Research: The Undiminished Relevance of the Beginnings. In S. Coleman, G. Moss, & K. Parry (Eds.), Can the Media Serve Democracy? Essays in Honour of Jay G. Blumler. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 44-52.

Esser, F. (2015). History of Media Effects. In W. Donsbach (Ed.), Concise Encyclopedia of Communication. London: Wiley Blackwell. 352-353.

Esser, F. (2015). Stimulus Reponse. In W. Donsbach (Ed.), Concise Encyclopedia of Communication. London: Wiley Blackwell. 596-597.

Kunz, R., & Esser, F. (2015). Die politischen Hoffnungen des Internets: Welche Informationsformate können die Partizipation von Jugendlichen befördern? In K. Imhof, R. Blum, H. Bonfadelli, O. Jarren & V. Wyss (Eds.), Demokratisierung durch Social Media? Wiesbaden: Springer, 55-74.

Strömbäck, J., & Esser, F. (Eds.) (2015): Making Sense of Mediatized Politics. Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Tenscher, J., & Esser, F. (2015). PR-Berufsfeld Politik [Political PR as Profession]. In G. Bentele, R. Froehlich & P. Szyszka (Eds.), Handbuch Public Relations [Handbook of Public Relations]. 3rd fully updated edition. Wiesbaden: Springer, 585-596.

2014

D’Angelo, P., & Esser, F. (2014). Metacoverage and Mediatization in U.S. Presidential Elections: A Theoretical Model and Qualitative Case Study. Journalism Practice, 8(3), 295-310.

D’Angelo, P., Büchel, F., & Esser, F. (2014). Mediatization of Campaigns Coverage: Metacoverage of U.S. Elections. In F. Esser & J. Strömbäck (Eds.), Mediatization of Politics. Understanding the Transformation of Western Democracies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 156-180.

Engesser, S., Esser, F., Reinemann, C., Scherr, S., Matthes, J., & Wonneberger, A. (2014). Negativität in der Politikberichterstattung: Deutschland, Österreich und die Schweiz im Vergleich. Medien und Kommunikationswissenschaft, 62(4), 588-605.

Esser, F. (2014). Methodological Challenges in Comparative Communication Research: Advancing Cross-National Research in Times of Globalization. In M. J. Canel & K. Voltmer (Eds.), Comparing Political Communication Across Time and Space. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 15-30.

Esser, F., & Strömbäck, J. (Eds.) (2014). Mediatization of Politics. Understanding the Transformation of Western Democracies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Esser, F., & Strömbäck, J. (2014). A Paradigm in the Making: Lessons for the Future of Mediatization Research. In F. Esser & J. Strömbäck (Eds.), Mediatization of Politics. Understanding the Transformation of Western Democracies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 223-242.

Esser, F., & Umbricht, A. (2014). The Evolution of Objective and Interpretative Journalism in the Western Press. Comparing Six News Systems since the 1960s. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 91(2), 229-249.

Kunz, R., Moeller, J., Esser, F., & de Vreese, C. (2014). Comparing Political Participation in Different Institutional Environments: The Mobilizing Effect of Direct Democracy on Young People. In M. J. Canel & K. Voltmer (Eds.), Comparing Political Communication Across Time And Space. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 130-151.

Möller, J., de Vreese, C., Esser, F., & Kunz, R. (2014). Pathway to Political Participation: The Influence of Online and Offline News Media on Internal Efficacy and Turnout of First Time Voters. American Behavioral Scientist, 58(5), 689-700.

Pfetsch, B., & Esser, F. (2014). Political Communication in Comparative Perspective: Key Concepts and New Insights. In C. Reinemann (Ed.), Political Communication. Berlin: De Gruyter Mounton, 87-105.

Strömbäck, J., & Esser, F. (2014). Mediatization of Politics: Towards a Theoretical Framework. In F. Esser & J. Strömbäck (Eds.), Mediatization of Politics. Understanding the Transformation of Western Democracies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 3-28.

Strömbäck, J., & Esser, F. (2014). Mediatization of Politics: Transforming Democracies and Reshaping Politics. In K. Lundby (Ed.), Mediatization of Communication. Berlin: De Gruyter Mounton, 375-403.

Strömbäck, J., & Esser, F. (Eds.) (2014). Mediatization of Politics: Facets of Media Logic. Guest-Edited Special Issue of Journalism Practice, 8(3), 245-356.

Strömbäck, J., & Esser, F. (Eds.) (2014). Mediatization of Politics: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives. Guest-Edited Special Issue of Journalism Studies, 15(3), 243-355.

Strömbäck, J., & Esser, F. (2014). Making Sense of the Mediatization of Politics. Journalism Practice, 8(3), 245-257.

Strömbäck, J., & Esser, F. (2014). Making Sense of the Mediatization of Politics. Journalism Studies, 15(3), 243-255.

Sülflow, M., & Esser, F. (2014). Visuelle Gestaltungsmittel in der Wahlkampfberichterstattung amerikanischer und deutscher Fernsehnachrichten: Der Einsatz von Kameraperspektiven und Einstellungsgrössen. Studies in Communication/Media, 3(1), 101-119.

Sülflow, M., & Esser, F. (2014). Visuelle Kandidatendarstellung in Wahlkampfbeiträgen deutscher und amerikanischer Fernsehsender: Image Bites, Rollenbilder und nonverbales Verhalten. Publizistik, 59(3), 285-306.

Umbricht, A., & Esser F. (2014). Changing Political News? Long-Term Trends in American, British, French, Italian, German and Swiss Press Reporting. In R. Kuhn & R. Kleis Nielsen (Eds.), Political Journalism in Transition: Western Europe in a Comparative Perspective. London: I.B.Tauris, 195-218.

2013

Esser, F. (2013). The Emerging Paradigm of Comparative Communication Enquiry: Advancing Cross-National Research in Times of Globalization. International Journal of Communication, 7, 113–128.

Esser., F. (2013). Mediatization as a Challenge: Media Logic versus Political Logic. In H. Kriesi et al., Democracy in the Age of Globalization and Mediatization. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 155-176.

Esser, F. (2013). Metaberichterstattung [Metacoverage]. In G. Bentele, H.-B. Brosius & O. Jarren (Eds), Lexikon Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft [Encyclopedia of Communications and Media]. Second revised edition. Wiesbaden: Springer, 231-232.

Esser, F., & Büchel, F. (2013). The Mediatization of Society: A Challenge to Democracy? In H. Kriesi & L. Mueller (Eds.), Democracy: An Ongoing Challenge. Zurich: Lars Mueller Publishers, 394-425.

Esser, F., & Büchel, F. (2013). Die Medialisierung der Gesellschaft. Herausforderung für die Demokratie? In H. Kriesi & L. Mueller (Eds.), Herausforderung Demokratie. Zurich: Lars Mueller Publishers, 394-425.

Esser., F., & Matthes, J. (2013). Mediatization Effects on Political News, Political Actors, Political Decisions, and Political Audiences. In Kriesi, H. et al., Democracy in the Age of Globalization and Mediatization. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 177-201.

Esser, F., & Umbricht, A. (2013). Competing Models of Journalism? Political Affairs Coverage in U.S., British, German, Swiss, French and Italian Newspapers. Journalism, 15(8), 989-1007.

Kriesi, H., Lavanex, S., Esser, F. Matthes, J., Bühlmann, M., & Bochsler, D. (2013). Democracy in the Age of Globalization and Mediatization. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Nielsen, R. K., Esser, F., & Levy, D. (2013). Comparative Perspectives on the Changing Business of Journalism and Its Implications for Democracy. International Journal of Press/Politics, 18(4), 383-391.

van der Heiden, N., Schwab-Cammarano, S., Töndury, A., Engesser, S., Hänggli, R., Auer, A., Esser, F., & Kübler, D. (2013). Regierungskommunikation in der direkten Demokratie [Government Communication in Direct Democracy]. In A. Auer & K. Holzinger (Eds), Gegenseitige Blicke über die Grenze. Bürgerbeteiligung und direkte Demokratie in Deutschland und der Schweiz. Zürich: Schulthess, Baden Baden: Nomos, 81-103.

2012

Esser, F. (2012). Fortschritte und Herausforderungen der komparativen Kommunikationswissenschaft [Advances and Challenges in Comparative Communication Research]. In B. Stark, M. Magin, M. Maurer & O. Jandura (Eds.), Methodische Herausforderungen komparativer Forschungsansätze [Methodological Challenges in Comparative Enquiries]. Köln: Von Halem, 18-45.

Esser, F., de Vreese, C., Strömbäck, J. van Aelst, P., Aalberg, T., Stanyer, J., Lengauer, G., Berganza, R., Legnante, G., Papathanassopoulos, S., Salgado, S., Sheafer, T., Reinemann., C. (2012). Political Information Opportunities in Europe: A Longitudinal and Comparative Study of 13 Television Systems. International Journal of Press/Politics, 17(3). 247-274

Esser, F. & Hanitzsch, T. (Eds.) (2012a). Handbook of Comparative Communication Research. London: Routledge.

Esser, F., & Hanitzsch, T. (2012b). Organizing Cross-National Comparative Communication Projects: Forms and Challenges of Coordinated Collaboration. In I. Volkmer (Ed.), The Handbook of Global Media Research. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 521-532.

Esser, F., & Hanitzsch, T. (2012c). On the Why and How of Comparative Inquiry in Communication Studies. In F. Esser & T. Hanitzsch (Eds.), Handbook of Comparative Communication Research. London: Routledge, 3-22.

Esser, F., Humprecht, E., & Büchel, F. (2012). Political Communication in Switzerland. Political Communication Report, 22(2), online.

Esser, F. Schwab, S., & Engesser, S. (2012). Herausforderungen und Möglichkeiten der Regierungskommunikation im Aargau [Challenges and Possibilities of Government Communication]. In D. Kübler & B. Ziegler (Eds.), Wahl-Probleme der Demokratie [Electoral Problems of Democracy]. Zürich: Schulthess, 225-251.

Esser, F., & Strömbäck, J. (2012a). Comparing Election Campaign Communication. In F. Esser & T. Hanitzsch (Eds.), Handbook of Comparative Communication Research. London: Routledge, 289-307.

Esser, F., & Strömbäck, J. (2012b). Comparing News on National Elections. In F. Esser & T. Hanitzsch (Eds.), Handbook of Comparative Communication Research. London: Routledge, 308-326.

Esser, F., Strömbäck, J., & de Vreese, C. (2012). Reviewing Key Concepts in Research on Political News Journalism: Conceptualizations, Operationalizations, and Propositions for Future Research. Journalism, 12(2), 139-143.

Brueggemann, M., Esser, F., & Humprecht, E. (2012). The Strategic Repertoire of Publishers in the Media Crisis. Journalism Studies, 13, 742-752.

Hanitzsch, T., & Esser, F. (2012). Challenges and Perspectives of Comparative Communication Inquiry. In F. Esser & T. Hanitzsch (Eds.), Handbook of Comparative Communication Research. London: Routledge, 501-516.

Lengauer, G., Esser, F., & Berganza, R. (2012). Negativity in Political News: A Review of Concepts, Operationalizations and Key Findings. Journalism, 12(2), 179-202.

Pfetsch, B., & Esser, F. (2012). Comparing Political Communication. In F. Esser & T. Hanitzsch (Eds.), Handbook of Comparative Communication Research. London: Routledge, 25-47.

2011

Esser, F. (2011). Schockwellen im Mediensystem. Der Fukushima-Unfall als Schlüsselereignis [Shock Waves in the Media System: The Fukushima Accident as Key Event]. Message, 2011(2), 46-49.

Esser, F. (2011). Sonderfall auch im Wahlkampf. Schweizer Kampagnen verändern sich rasant [Exceptional in Electioneering Too: Swiss Campaigns Are Changing Rapidly]. Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag (NZZaS), 3 July, p. 10.

Esser, F., & Hanitzsch, T. (2011). Komparative Kommunikationsforschung als Mehrebenenforschung [Comparative Communication Research as Multi-Level Enquiry]. In T. Quandt & B. Scheufele (Eds.): Ebenen der Kommunikation. Mikro-Meso-Makro-Links in der Kommunikationswissenschaft [Levels of Communication. Macro-Meso-Micro-Links in Communication Studies]. Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 261-278.

Esser, F., Reinemann, C., & Fan, D. (2011). Spin Doctoring in British and German Election Campaigns: How the press is being confronted with a new quality of political PR. In P. Baines (Ed.), Political Marketing (Vol. 2). London: Sage.

2010

Esser, F. (2010). Komparative Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft [Comparative Mass Communication and Media Research]. In H. Bonfadelli, O. Jarren & G. Siegert (Eds.), Einführung in die Publizistikwissenschaft [Introduction to Mass Communication Studies]. 3rd fully updated edition. Bern: Haupt, 19-56.

Esser, F. & Engesser, S. (2010). Medienlandschaften weltweit [Media Landscapes Worldwide]. In Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (Ed.), Informationen zur Politischen Bildung 309 – Massenmedien. Bonn: BPB, 76-79.

Esser, F., & Brüggemann, M. (2010). The Changing Business of Journalism and Its Implications for Democracy: The Case of Germany. In D. Levy & R. Nielsen (Eds.), The Changing Business of Journalism and Its Impact on Democracy. Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 39-54.

2009

Esser, Frank (2009). Metacoverage of Mediated Wars: How the Press Framed the Role of the Media and Military News Management in the Iraq Wars of 1991 and 2003. American Behavioral Scientist, 52:5, 709-734.

Strömbäck, Jesper, & Esser, Frank (2009). Shaping Politics: Mediatization and Media Interventionism. In Knut Lundby (Ed.), Mediatization: Concept, Changes, Consequences. New York: Peter Lang, 205-223.

2008

Pfetsch, Barbara, & Esser, Frank (2008). Conceptual Challenges to the Paradigms of Comparative Media Systems in a Globalized World. Journal of Global Mass Communication, 1:4, 118-131.

Esser, Frank (2008). Dimensions of Political News Cultures: Sound Bite and Image Bite News in France, Germany, Great Britain and the United States. International Journal of Press/Politics, 13:4, 401-428.

Esser, Frank (2008): History of Media Effects. In Wolfgang Donsbach (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication (Vol. VII). London: Blackwell, 2891-2896.

Esser, Frank (2008): Stimulus-Response Model. In Wolfgang Donsbach (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication (Vol. X). London: Blackwell, 4836-4840.

Esser, Frank (2008): Spin Doctor. In Wolfgang Donsbach (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication (Vol. X). London: Blackwell, 4783-4787.

Esser, Frank (2008). Metaberichterstattung. Medienselbstthematisierung und Publicity-Thematisierung in amerikanischen, britischen und deutschen Wahlkämpfen [Metacoverage. Media self-coverage and publicity coverage in American, British and German election campaigns.]. In Gabriele Melischek, Josef Seethaler and Jürgen Wilke (Eds.), Medien & Kommunikationsforschung im Vergleich. Grundlagen, Gegenstandsbereiche, Verfahrensweisen. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 121-156.

Esser, Frank, & Hemmer, Katherina (2008). Characteristics and Dynamics of Election News Coverage in Germany. In Jesper Strömbäck and Lynda Lee Kaid (Eds.), The Handbook of Election Coverage around the World. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 289-307.

Esser, Frank, Holtz-Bacha, Christina, & Lessinger, Eva-Maria (2008). A Low Key Affair: German Parties’ TV Advertising in the 2004 European Election Campaign. In Lynda Lee Kaid (Ed.), The Expansion Election: Communicating Shared Sovereignty in the Parliamentary Elections. New York: Peter Lang, 65-84.

Esser, Frank, & Schwabe, Christine (2008): Eitelkeit und Eigenwerbung. Wenn Medien sich im Krieg selbst zum Thema machen [Self-coverage: How Media Report on the Media’s Role in War]. In Martin Löffelholz, Christian F. Trippe, und Andrea C. Hoffmann (Hg.), Kriegs- und Krisenberichterstattung: Ein Handbuch [War and Crisis Coverage: A Handbook]. Konstanz: UVK, 245-247.

2007

Esser, Frank (2007). Organizing Comparative International Communication Projects: Five Models. Brazilian Journalism Research, 3:2, 55-66.

Esser, Frank, & de Vreese, Claes (2007). Comparing Young Voters’ Political Engagement in the United States and Europe. American Behavioral Scientist, 50:9, 1195-1213.

2006

Esser, Frank & D’Angelo, Paul (2006). Framing the Press and Publicity Process in German, British and U.S. General Election Campaigns: A Comparative Study of Metacoverage. Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, 11:3, 44-66.

2005

Esser, Frank, Holtz-Bacha, Christina, & Lessinger, Eva-Maria (2005). Sparsam in jeder Hinsicht. Die Fernsehwerbung der Parteien im Europawahlkampf 2004 [Economical in Every Respect. Parties’ TV Advertising in the 2004 European Election Campaign]. In C. Holtz-Bacha (Ed), Europawahl 2004. Die Massenmedien im Europawahlkampf [The 2004 European Election. The Media’s Role in the Campaign]. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Esser, Frank (2005). National und international vergleichende Redaktionsanalysen [National and Cross-National Newsroom Analyses]. In Juergen Wilke (Ed.), Die Aktualität der Anfänge [The Topicality of the Beginnings]. Cologne: von Halem Verlag, 176-181.

Esser, Frank (2005). Stimulus-Reponse-Model. In S. Weischenberg, H.J. Kleinsteuber & B. Poerksen (Eds), Handbuch Journalismus und Medien [Handbook Journalism and Media]. Konstanz: UVK, 436-437.

Esser, Frank (2005). Media in Great Britain. In S. Weischenberg, H.J. Kleinsteuber & B. Poerksen (Eds), Handbuch Journalismus und Medien [Handbook Journalism and Media]. Konstanz: UVK, 91-97.

Esser, Frank, Schwabe, Christine, & Wilke, Juergen (2005). Metaberichterstattung im Krieg. Wie Tageszeitungen die Rolle der Nachrichtenmedien und der Militär-PR in den Irakkonflikten 1991 und 2003 framen [Metacoverage in Wars. How Newspapers Framed the Role of the Media and Military Publicity in the Iraq Wars of 1991 and 2003], Medien und Kommunikationswissenschaft, 53:2, 314-332.

Esser, Frank & Spanier, Bernd (2005). News Management as News. How Media Politics Leads to Metacoverage. Journal of Political Marketing, 4:4, 27-58.

Tenscher, Jens, & Esser, Frank (2005). Oeffentlichkeitsarbeit als berufliches Handeln: Politik [Public Relations as a Profession: Politics]. In G. Bentele, R. Froehlich & P. Szyszka (Eds.), Handbuch Public Relations [Handbook of Public Relations]. Wiesbaden: Verlag fuer Sozialwissenschaften.

2004

Esser, Frank (2004). Journalismus vergleichen. Komparative Forschung und Theoriebildung [Comparing Journalism: Cross-National Research and Theory Building]. In M. Loeffelholz (Ed.), Theorien des Journalismus [Journalism Theories]. Wiesbaden: Verlag fuer Sozialwissenschaften, 151-179.

Esser, Frank & Hartung, Uwe (2004). Nazis, Polution and No Sex. Political Scandals as a Reflection of Political Culture in Germany. American Behavioral Scientist, 47:8, 1040-1071.

Esser, Frank, & Pfetsch, Barbara (2004). Meeting the Challenges of Global Communication and Political Integration: The Significance of Comparative Research in a Changing World. In F. Esser & B. Pfetsch (Eds), Comparing Political Communication. Theories, Cases, and Challenges. New York: Cambridge University Press, 384-410.

Pfetsch, Barbara, & Esser, Frank (2004). Comparing Political Communications: Reorientations in a Changing World. In F. Esser & B. Pfetsch (Eds), Comparing Political Communication. Theories, Cases, and Challenges, pp. 3-22. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Esser, Frank & Pfetsch, Barbara (Eds.) (2004). Comparing Political Communication. Theories, Cases, and Challenges. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Roessing, Thomas, & Esser, Frank (2004). Auswirkungen von Rand- und Nebenbedingungen auf Messungen und Kausalitätsannahmen im Experiment [Relevance of Ceteris Paribus Conditions for Measuring Causality in Experiments]. In W. Wirth, E. Lauf & A. Fahr (Eds), Forschungslogik und –designs in der Kommunikationswissenschaft [Research Logic and Designs in Communication Science], pp. 115-127. Cologne: van Halem.

2003

Esser, Frank (2003). Gut, dass wir verglichen haben. Bilanz und Bedeutung der komparativen politischen Kommunikationsforschung. [Go Comparative. Synopsis and Significance of Comparative Political Communication Research]. In F. Esser & B. Pfetsch (Eds), Politische Kommunikation im internationalen Vergleich [Political Communication in International Comparison]. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 437-494.

Esser, Frank (2003). Metaberichterstattung. Begründung eines Konzepts der Medienselbsthematisierung und Publicity-Thematisierung in internationalen Wahlkämpfen. [Metacoverage. Foundations for a Concept of Media Self-Coverage and Publicity Coverage in International Election Campaigns]. In R. Blum, H. Bonfadelli, K. Imhof & O. Jarren (Eds), Mediengesellschaft – Strukturen, Merkmale, Entwicklungsdynamiken [Media Society - Structures, Characteristics, Evolutional Dynamics]. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 314-346.

Esser, Frank, & D’Angelo, Paul (2003). Framing the Press and the Publicity Process: A Content Analysis of Metacoverage in Campaign 2000 Network News. American Behavioral Scientist, 46:5, 617-641.

Esser, F. & Pfetsch, B. (Eds.) (2003). Politische Kommunikation im internationalen Vergleich. Grundlagen, Anwendungen, Perspektiven [Political Communication Research in Comparative Perspective: Foundations, Approaches, Problems]. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag.

D’Angelo, Paul, & Esser, Frank (2003). Metacoverage of the Press and Publicity in Campaign 2000 Network News. In L.L. Kaid, J.C. Tedesco, D. Bystrom, & M.S. McKinney (Eds.), The Millennium Election: Communication in the 2000 Campaigns. Lanham, MD.: Rowman and Littlefield, 89-103.

Pfetsch, Barbara, & Esser, Frank (2003). Politische Kommunikation im internationalen Vergleich: Neuorientierung in einer veränderten Welt. [Political Communication in International Comparison. Reorientation in a Changing World]. In F. Esser & B. Pfetsch (Eds), Politische Kommunikation im internationalen Vergleich. [Political Communication in International Comparison]. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 9-32.

2002

Esser, Frank (2002). Transnationale Journalismusforschung: Bilanz ihre Befunde und Bedeutung [Transnational Journalism Research. Synopsis of Its Findings and Advances]. In A. Hepp & M. Loeffelholz (Eds), Transkulturelle Kommunikation [Transcultural Communication]. Konstanz: UVK, 319-344.

Esser, Frank (2002). Journalism Training in Great Britain: A System Rich in Tradition But Currently in Transition. In R. Froehlich & C. Holtz-Bacha (Eds), Journalism Education in Europe and North America: An International Comparison. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 333-365.

Esser, Frank (2002). Wie die Medien ihre eigene Rolle und die der politischen Publicity im Bundestageswahlkampf framen. Metaberichterstattung: Ein neues Konzept im Test.[How the Media Frame Their Own Role and the Role of Political Publicity in the German Election Campaign. Metacoverage - Testing a New Concept]. In C. Holtz-Bacha (Ed), Die Massenmedien im Wahlkampf. Die Bundestagwahl 2002. [Mass Media in Campaigns. The German National Election of 2002]. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 162-193.

Esser, Frank (2002). Putting Reality Together – BBC News, by Philip Schlesinger. In C. Holtz-Bacha & A. Kutsch (Eds), Schluesselwerke der Kommunikationswissenschaft [Key Studies in Communication Research]. Westdeutscher Verlag, Wiesbaden, 400-402.

Esser, Frank, & Pfetsch, Barbara (2002). Amerikanisierung, Modernisierung, Globalisierung: Ein Plädoyer fuer international vergleichende Kommunikationswissenschaft. [Americanization, Modernization, and Globalization. The Case for Cross-National Political Communication Research]. In W. Donsbach & O. Jandura (Eds), Chancen und Gefahren der Mediendemokratie [Chances and Risks of Media Democracy]. Konstanz: UVK, 47-61.

Esser, Frank, Scheufele, Bertram, & Brosius, Hans-Bernd (2002). Fremdenfeindlichkeit als Medienthema und Medienwirkung. Deutschland im internationalen Scheinwerferlicht [Hate Crimes as a Media Topic and Media Effect. Germany in the International Spotlight]. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag.

Esser, Frank, & Wessler, Hartmut (2002). Journalistinnen und Journalisten als Rollenträger: Redaktionelle Organisation und berufliches Selbstverständnis. [Journalists as Roletakers. Editorial Organization and Professional Role Perception]. In O. Jarren & H. Wessler (Eds), Journalismus, Medien, Öffentlichkeit [Journalism, Media, Public Sphere]. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 165-240.

2001

Fan, David P., Brosius, Hans-Bernd, & Esser, Frank (2001). Computer and human co¬ding of German texts on attacks on foreigners. In Mark West (ed.), Practice of Computer Content Analysis. Stamford: Ablex 145-164.

Esser, Frank, Reinemann, Carsten & Fan, David P. (2001). Spin Doctors in the United States, Great Britain and Germany. Metacommunication about Media Manipulation. The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics 6:1, 16-45.

2000

Esser, Frank, Reinemann, Carsten & Fan, David P. (2000). Spin Doctoring in British and German Election Campaigns. How the Press is Being Confronted with a New Quality of Political PR. European Journal of Communication, 15:2, 209-239.

Esser, F. (2000). Spin doctoring – Zur Ruestungsspirale zwischen politischer PR und politischem Journalismus [Spin doctoring – On the Arms Race between Political PR and Political Journalism]. Forschungsjournal Neue Soziale Bewegungen, 13:3, 17-24.

1999

Esser, Frank (1999). Tabloidization of News. A Comparative Analysis of Anglo-American and German Press Journalism. European Journal of Communication, 14:3, 291-324.

Esser, Frank (1999). Ursachen groesserer Recherchebereitschaft im englischen Journalismus. Eine Analyse aus vergleichender Perspektive [Investigative Reporting in England. An Analysis in Comparative Perspective]. Rundfunk und Fernsehen, 47:2, 201-219.

1998

Esser, F. (1998). Die Kräfte hinter den Schlagzeilen. Englischer und deutscher Journalismus im Vergleich [The Powers Behind the Headlines: British and German Journalism Compared]. Freiburg: Alber.

Esser, Frank (1998). Editorial Structures and Work Principles in British and German Newsrooms. European Journal of Communication, 13:3, 375-405.

Brosius, Hans-Bernd, & Esser, Frank (1998). Mythen in der Wirkungsforschung: Auf der Suche nach dem Stimulus-Response-Modell [Myths in Effects Research: In Search of the Stimulus-Response Model]. Publizistik, 43:4, 341-361.

1996

Esser, Frank, & Brosius, Hans-Bernd (1996). Television as Arsonist? The Spread of Right-Wing Violence in Germany. European Journal of Communication, 11:2, 235-260.

Brosius, Hans-Bernd, & Esser, Frank (1996). Massenmedien und fremdenfeindliche Gewalt [Mass Media and Violence Against Foreigners]. Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Special Issue on Rechtsextremismus / Right-Wing Extremism ed. by J. W. Falter, H.-G. Jaschke, J. R. Winkler, 204-218.

1995

Brosius, H. B. & Esser, F. (1995). Eskalation durch Berichterstattung? Mas¬senmedien und fremdenfeindliche Gewalt [Escalation Through Reporting? Mass Media and Violence Against Foreigners]. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag.

1991

Brosius, Hans-Bernd, Breinker, Carsten, & Esser, Frank (1991). Immermehrismus. Journalistisches Stilmittel oder Realitätsverzerrung? [More-And-More-Ism. Journalistic Ploy or News Bias?] Publizistik, 36, 407-427.