Dr. Nirit Weiss-Blatt

Nirit

Email: niritw@telecomnews.co.il

Dissertation Title: Agenda-setting, two-step flow and and tech blogs: The role of tech bloggers in the flow of information 

Supervisors: Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli & Prof. Gabriel Weimann

Graduation year: March, 2016

Research Interests

New Media
Journalism
Information Flow

Education

BA: Communication, Honor students program, The Academic College of Emek Yezreel (magna cum laude)
MA: Political Science, The program of Political Communication for Executives, Departments of Communication and Political Science, Tel Aviv University. MA thesis: Public use of online information: Usage analysis of SHIL's website (Citizens Advice Bureau) (Supervisor: Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli)

Publications

Weimann, G., Weiss-Blatt, N., Mengistu, G., Mazor, M. & Oren, R. (2015). Reevaluating "The End of Mass Communication?" In: R. Wei (Ed.), Refining Milestone Mass Communications Theories for the 21st Century. New York: Routledge. http://bit.ly/1E2P2As

Weiss-Blatt, N. (2015). Role of tech bloggers in the flow of information. In: L. Guo & M. McCombs (Eds.), The Power of Information Networks: New Directions for Agenda Setting. New York: Routledge. http://bit.ly/1D66sre

Weimann, G., Weiss-Blatt, N., Mengistu, G., Mazor, M. & Oren, R. (2014). Reevaluating "The End of Mass Communication?Mass Communication and Society 17(6), 803-829.

Ravid, G., Bar-Ilan, J., Baruchson-Arbib, S., Yaari, E., Aharony, N., Rafaeli, S., & Weiss-Blatt, N. (2014). I Just Wanted To Ask?: A Comparison of User Studies of the Citizens Advice Bureau (SHIL) in Israel. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 46(1), 21-31.

Ravid, G., Bar-Ilan, J., Baruchson-Arbib, S., Yaari, E., Rafaeli, S., & Weiss, N. (2010). A User Survey of a Site Providing Citizen Information: Preliminary Findings of SHIL.INFO. MCIS 2010 Proceedings. Paper 69.

Non-Academic Publications (full list)

Weiss-Blatt, N. (7.12.2015). Good news, content for women and longread - are the winning content. TelecomNews. http://bit.ly/1ln1tjk
Weiss-Blatt, N. (4.05.2015). Entrepreneurs- How to work with the tech media? Journalists and bloggers panel. TelecomNews. http://bit.ly/1K81Hkf

Weiss-Blatt, N. (10.03.2015). The leading tech blog GigaOm shuts down due to money troubles. TelecomNewshttp://bit.ly/1KR2H0G

Weiss-Blatt, N. (20.01.2015). Dos and DON'Ts of pitching your startup to tech journalists. TelecomNewshttp://bitly.com/1J9kAlf

Weiss-Blatt, N. (23.06.2014). Technorati became an advertising network and deleted the blog index. TelecomNews. http://bit.ly/1pvjLdU

Weiss-Blatt, N. (15.05.2014). Google Campus Talk: Robert Scoble on the technologies that will eliminate privacy. TelecomNews. http://bit.ly/1iOk2n5

Weiss-Blatt, N. (29.04.2014). Kara Swisher: "Every day, the blogosphere is getting better and print media is getting worse". TelecomNews. http://bitly.com/1jbYUva

Weiss-Blatt, N. (20.09.2013). Tech bloggers Mossberg and Swisher will leave AllThingsD and move to a new site. TelecomNews. http://bit.ly/1d9dYT4

Weiss-Blatt, N. (13.07.2013). End of an Era: PCWorld is switching to digital-only: will publish its final print issue in August. TelecomNews. http://bit.ly/1b5m9QD

Weiss-Blatt, N. (27.06.2013). The leaker's remorse: The guy who sold the iPhone 4 proto-type sums up the sense of betrayal and the impact on his life. TelecomNews. http://bit.ly/1a9r1ti

Weiss-Blatt, N. (20.03.2013). The exclusion of Minorities in Silicon-Valley: New Findings Revealed. TelecomNews. http://bit.ly/Khzluv

Weiss-Blatt, N. (14.02.2013). A vigorous online debate: Exclusion of African-Americans, Hispanics and Women from Tech Blogs and Silicon Valley. TelecomNews. http://bit.ly/1dtKwgt

Weiss-Blatt, N. (13.02.2013). Lack of "Influential" Bloggers in Israel. TelecomNews. http://bit.ly/1cqRRwR

Weiss-Blatt, N. (13.02.2013). Social Network Analysis- A Free University Course and Basic Tools for You to Use. TelecomNews. http://bit.ly/1fvzfOr

Weiss, N. (07.06.2010). The Suffering of Many. The7Eye. http://www.the7eye.org.il/16757

Weiss, N. (17.02.2010). The Strength of the Blogosphere, Yitzhak Laor's Affair and the Allegedly Rape. HolesInTheNet. http://old.holesinthenet.co.il/archives/8487

Conference Presentations

Weiss-Blatt, N. (Forthcoming -2016). Tech Bloggers vs. Tech Journalists in Innovation Journalism. The 3rd European Conference on Social Media ECSM 2016, Caen, France (July 12-13, 2016).
Weiss-Blatt, N. (2016). Tech Journalists, Tech Bloggers, and their Role in Tech News. The PCA (Popular Culture Association) ACA (American Culture Association) 2016 National Conference, Seattle, Washington, USA (March 22-25, 2016).
Weiss-Blatt, N. (Forthcoming -2015). Innovation Journalism, Tech Blogs and Analyzing the Flow of Information. MELI- Ex Libris Forum in Israel 11th Annual Conference, The College of Management Academic Studies, Rishon LeZion, Israel. (December 21, 2015). [Heb]. (Keynote Speaker).

Weiss-Blatt, N. (2015). Tech Journalists, Tech Bloggers and Their Role in Tech News. What is Journalism? Exploring the past, present and future. University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication, George S. Turnbull Portland Center (April 9-11, 2015).

Weiss-Blatt, N. (2014). Blogs as News Source. INFO2014, Hilton Tel-Aviv (May 13, 2014). [Heb]

Weiss-Blatt, N. (2014). Agenda-Setting, Two-Step Flow and the world of Tech Blogs: The Role of Tech Bloggers in the Flow of Information. The JSS (Journalism Studies Section) ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) 2014 Conference: "Journalism in Transition: Crisis or Opportunity?”, Thessaloniki, Greece (March 27-29, 2014).

Weiss-Blatt, N. (2013). Agenda-Setting, Two-Step Flow and the world of Tech Blogs: The Role of Tech Bloggers in the Flow of Information. Communicating: The 10th Annual Graduate Student Conference in Memory of Mark Biano, University of Haifa (November 1, 2013).

Weiss-Blatt, N. (2013). Agenda-Setting, Two-Step Flow and the world of Tech Blogs: The Role of Tech Bloggers in the Flow of Information. Early Stage Researchers Colloquium 2013, organized by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society at Forum Berlin, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Germany (November 21-22, 2013). Best Poster Award: Novelty of Presentation or Idea

Weiss-Blatt, N. (2013). Agenda-Setting, Two-Step Flow and the world of Tech Blogs: The Role of Tech Bloggers in the Flow of Information. Information & Knowledge 2013 Conference, University of Haifa (November 13, 2013).

Weiss-Blatt, N. (2013). Agenda-Setting, Two-Step Flow and the world of Tech Blogs: The Role of Tech Bloggers in the Flow of Information. The 5th Israeli Science Communication Conference, Tel-Aviv University (November 4, 2013).

Oren, R., Weiss-Blatt, N., Weimann, G., Mazor, M. & Mengistu, G. (2012). Reevaluating "The End of Mass Communication?". Communicating: The 9th Annual Graduate Student Conference in Memory of Mark Biano, University of Haifa (December 9, 2012). [Heb]

Abstracts:

Weiss-Blatt, N. (2015). Tech Journalists, Tech Bloggers and Their Role in Tech News. What is Journalism? Exploring the past, present and future. University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication, George S. Turnbull Portland Center (April 9-11, 2015).

Oren, R., Weiss-Blatt, N., Weimann, G., Mazor, M. & Mengistu, G. (2013). Reevaluating "The End of Mass Communication?", Paper presented at The 17th Annual Conference of the Israel Communication Association (ISCA), Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan (March 21, 2013). [Heb]

Scholarships and Awards

2015: Yedioth Haifa scholarship for academic excellence
2011-2014: Excellence scholarship for PhD students from the Graduate Studies Authority, University of Haifa
2013: Best poster award for "Novelty of Presentation or ideas" at the Early Stage Research Colloquium organized by The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin (21.11.2013)
2003-2006: Excellence scholarship for all 3 years of B.A., The Academic College of Emek Yezreel

Additional Information

2013 – Present: Deputy-Editor at TelecomNews. Telecomnews.co.il is a Telecom, Computing & Technology News portal (Heb).

Nirit is a member at the Center for Internet Research (http://bit.ly/1pkyT0a)

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