Contextualizing alternative journalism: Haolam hazeh and the birth of critical israeli newsmaking

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The article explores the ways in which the weekly Haolam Hazeh (Hebrew for This World) earned its reputation as the definitive “designated maverick” of Israeli journalism during the 1950s and 1960s. It does so via an investigation of the journalistic practices through which Haolam Hazeh constructed a first-of-its kind model of critical Israeli journalism combining a seemingly clashing mix of radical politics, investigative reporting, sensationalism, and sexually explicit contents. The self-positioning of Haolam Hazeh as a maverick publication, as well as its corresponding positioning by the Israeli mainstream journalistic community, delineated the professional ethos, inner conflicts and boundaries of that journalistic community in that era. Moreover, analysis of Haolam Hazeh's journalistic formula illuminates the dynamic and contextual nature of the relations between mainstream and alternative media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-391
Number of pages18
JournalJournalism Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Alternative media
  • Haolam hazeh
  • Israel
  • Journalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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