Yonatan Gonen

Yonatan Gonen
Ph.D Candidate at the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Advisors: Prof. Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt, Prof. Zohar Kampf

General Information

My name is Yonatan. I'm currently a Ph.D Candidate at the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I am most interested in conflict coverage, peace journalism and social media, and especially the interaction between journalists, media and citizens from two sides of a conflict. My studies, which focus on the Arab–Israeli conflict, combine a variety of research methods: in-depth interviews with journalists, computerized quantitative analysis and qualitative critical discourse analysis of news articles. I worked as a journalist in leading Israeli news organizations (Channel 13 and Ynet), focusing on events in the Arab world. I also engage in the field of digital diplomacy.


I'm now working on my doctoral dissertation. The topic of the dissertation is the interaction between journalists and media from two sides of a conflict (Advisors: Prof. Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt and Prof. Zohar Kampf). The study investigates this exceptional pattern of collaboration among Israeli and Palestinian journalists across conflict lines focusing on the collaboration in news production and usage of sources from the other side to make the news for journalists at home.


Important achievements

  • 2015 Scholarship for outstanding doctoral students, the Department of Communication and Journalism, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • 2014 Hebrew University Rector's Awards for outstanding achievements.
  • 2013 The Faculty of Social Sciences Dean's award for outstanding achievements


Recent studies

Yonatan is a member of INFOCORE project - an international collaborative research project funded under the 7th European Framework Program of the European Commission. It comprises leading experts from all social sciences dealing, and includes nine renowned research institutions from seven countries. Its main aim is to investigate the role(s) that media play in the emergence or prevention, the escalation or de-escalation, the management, resolution, and reconciliation of violent conflict. In the duration of the INFOCORE project Yonatan contributes primarily to the content analysis of the Palestinian and Syrian news coverage.



  • Gonen, Y. & Hoxha, A. (2019). Interactions between Journalists Located in Different Sides of a Conflict: A Comparative Study of Two Conflict Zones. Journalism Studies. DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2019.1604154.
  • Gonen, Y. (2018). Journalists–sources relationship in violent conflicts coverage: Shifting dynamics. Sociology Compass, 12(7), 10.1111/soc4.12595.
  • Gonen, Y. (2015). The IDF’s PR Tactics for Arab Television Channels. Military and Strategic Affairs Journal, 7(1), 41-58.
  • Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. & Gonen, Y. (2014). Journalistic transformation in violent conflict: Conceptual framework for WP7. INFOCORE Working Paper 2014/07. http://www.infocore.eu/results/.
  • Gonen, Y. (2013). Rallying Around Two Flags: Palestinian Media Coverage of IDF’s Targeted killings. Media Frames: Israeli Journal of Communication, 11, 53-78.