The Yoav Prize 2004
The Yoav Prize 2004
The Yoav Prize for significant academic work in media criticism will be awarded for the second time this year.
The prize committee includes academic scholars and specialists in the field of media criticism. Its members are :
Prof. Sam Lehman - Wilzig, Bar Ilan University, Chair man
Dr. Amir Hezroni, Emek Yizrael college
Dr. Baruch Leshem, The Hebrew University
Mr. Yisrael Medad, Board member of Israel's Media Watch
The prize in the sum of 5,000 NIS, is generously funded by Mr. Joe Lerner, a long time IMW supporter and Mr. Chaim Rabinovitz, IMW's board member. The prize is named after Mr. Rabinovitz's son, Yoav, who died in a traffic accident at the age of 10
Dr. Oren Mayers has been chosen as this year’s prizewinner for his doctoral dissertation “Israeli Journalists as a Community of Chroniclers and Commentators; the “Haolam Hazeh” Test Case” which was done at the Annenberg School of Journalism of the University of Pennsylvania. This is a pioneering endeavor for the following reasons: This is a study of the only critical magazine that was published during the first few decades of the State of Israel. Mayers' research demonstrates the ambivalence of Israel’s mainstream journalists toward “Haolam Hazeh” which was the most important anti-establishment weekly at that time. In this study we read about the roots of present day journalistic partiality, sensationalism and emphasis on sex. It also follows the roots of contemporary journalistic critique, directed at social conventions and political corruption. In this project, Dr. Mayers not only enlightens us about an important journalistic facet of the past but also teaches us about the media’s performance today. The Israeli media does not reflect society but rather functions as one that preaches, advocates and interprets society as it was in the past and as it is now.
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