Tali Aharoni

Tali Aharoni
Research Topic: The ecology of news ‎‎(dis)trust
Advisor: Prof. Keren Tenenboim-‎Weinblatt

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In my dissertation project I aim to develop a comprehensive conceptualization of (dis)trust in the current media ecology. To this end, I seek to account for multiple news trustworthiness dimensions, as well as the trust attitudes of various actors who participate in the creation and interpretation of the news.

I hold a Master’s degree in communication, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communication, both from the Hebrew University. My MA thesis, written under the guidance of Prof. Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt, explored the various aspects of suspicion and distrust in the perceptions of journalists covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Research Interests

  • Trust and distrust
  • Journalistic production
  • News audiences
  • Social media


Selected Publications


Awards and Prizes

  • 2020-2024: The President’s Scholarship for Outstanding PhD Students, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2020: Most Engaging Visuals Video award, Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR) (With Eedan Amit-Danhi)
  • 2017-2020: Honored for excellence in teaching, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2018: Rector’s Award for outstanding excellence, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2018: Top Student Paper award, Visual Communication Division, International Communication Association (ICA)
  • 2018: Scholarship for M.A. thesis research, The Walter-Lebach Institute for Jewish-Arab Coexistence through Education, Faculty of social-sciences, Tel-Aviv University.
  • 2016-2019: Dean’s award for outstanding excellence, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem