Current Research Projects
1. Webs of Remembrance: Holocaust Memory in the Social Media Age (2019-2023)
The mass media are a prominent collective memory agent, providing knowledge regarding the Holocaust and serving as a platform for experiencing its commemoration. Since the dawn of the 21st century, the internet has become a significant arena for shaping Holocaust memory in Israel and across the globe. In continuation of my previous research project that explored the commemoration of the Holocaust in print, radio, and television media, the main goal of this project will be to identify, characterize, and analyze Holocaust discourse in online news outlets and social media. Grant, The Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology, 2019-2023, with Prof. Oren Meyers (U of Haifa) and Prof. Anat Ben-David (Open U).
2. Worlds of Journalism study – WJS (2021-2023)
Mapping journalism's hostile environment: The third wave of the Worlds of Journalism Study is currently underway. Researchers from more than 120 countries are surveying representative samples of journalists, this time focusing, among other topics, on journalists' safety, deteriorating editorial freedom, influences on news production, the impact of technology, and increased precarization of journalistic labor. With Prof. Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt, Hebrew U.
3. Virtual Reality-Based Emotional Training as a Tool to Promote a Sense of Empathy, Satisfaction, and Quality in Healthcare (2022-2025)
Neiger is the Founder, CCO & R&D of OtheReality. This startup boosts Empathy in various sectors (corporates, medical, education) by taking advantage of VR technology's most compelling feature: allowing users to walk a mile in someone else's shoes. In the Healthcare sector, lack of Empathy is a root cause of many challenges, such as staff burnout and low patient adherence. Neiger is involved in a few research projects that provide clinical evidence that Virtual Reality can boost Empathy and that recurring VR-based training can indeed improve the quality of care and providers' satisfaction in a measurable, personalized, and scalable manner.
Previous Research Projects (a selection)
1. On Media Memory - The Future of Mediated Collective Memory in an Age of Changing Media Environments (2009-2013)
A grant for the Israel Science Foundation (2009-2013) with Oren Meyers and Eyal Zandberg).
Publications from the project:
Meyers, O., Zandberg, E. &, Neiger, M. (2014). Communicating Awe: Media Memory and Holocaust Commemoration. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Neiger, M., Meyers, O., & Zandberg, E. (Eds.) (2011). On Media Memory: Collective Memory in a New Media Age. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Meyers, O., Zandberg, E., & Neiger, M. (2009). Prime time commemoration: An analysis of television broadcasts on Israel's Memorial Day for the Holocaust and the Heroism. Journal of Communication, 59: 456-480.
Neiger, M., Zandberg, E., & Meyers, O. (2010). Communicating critique: Towards a conceptualization of journalistic criticism. Communication, Culture and Critique, 3(3): 377-395.
Neiger, M., Zandberg, E., & Meyers, O., (2011). Tuned to the nation's mood: Popular music as a mnemonic cultural object. Media, Culture & Society. 33(7): 971-987.
Meyers, O, Neiger, M & Zandberg, E. (2011). Structuring the sacred: Media Professionalism and the Production of Mediated Holocaust Memory. Communication Review, 14(3): 123-144.
Zandberg, E., Neiger, M., & Meyers, O. (2011). Past Continuous: Newsworthiness and the Shaping of Collective Memory. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 29(1): 65-79.
2. Journalism and the challenge of time: A comparative study of news temporalities (2014-2018)
A grant for the Israel Science Foundation (2014-2017), with Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt, Hebrew U.
Papers published from the project:
Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. & Neiger, M. (2015). Print is Future, Online is Past: Cross-Media Analysis of Temporal Orientations in the News. Communication Research, 42(8): 1047-1067.
Neiger, M. & Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. (2016). Understanding Journalism through a Nuanced Deconstruction of Temporal Layers in News Narratives. Journal of Communication, 66(1): 139-160.
Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K., & Neiger, M. (2018). Temporal affordances in the news. Journalism, 19(1), 37-55.
3. Israel's Publishing Industry: The Cultural History of Hebrew Publishing in Israel
Publications: Neiger M. (2017). Publishers as Culture Mediators: The Cultural History of Hebrew Publishing in Israel (1910-2010). Jerusalem: MN Publishing (ISBN: 978-965-91977-0-5), 702 pp. [in HEB]. [Link to the whole book]
- Awarded – Best Academic Book in Media Studies Prize 2019 (Awarded by the Israel Communication Association)
- Prof. Israel Bartal (former Dean of Humanities, Hebrew U.) opening remarks on the book before its presentation at the Hebrew Literature Dep. Colloquium as the respondent and moderator of the presentation.