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Dr. Ilan joined as Lecturer to Bar-Ilan’s School of Communication after he had completed his PhD at the University of Westminster in London. Dr. Ilan focuses his work on the fields of cultural production and visual culture, and particularly in the ways these intersect with international news media, news production and news organizations. In  one of his most significant projects, for example, Dr. Ilan had conducted an extensive ethnographic research that was carried out in three different countries (Israel, the UK and Singapore) whereby the international production processes of news pictures were explored. This was done in an attempt to understand what news is in its photographic form, and the ways through which such processes illustrate the overall production of newsworthiness. In this project, Ilan was able to connect international news, cultural production and visual culture, and his work serves as a meaningful contribution to the study of news. In 2018, Ilan published his first book (“The International Photojournalism Industry”, Routledge) based on his findings from this extensive project, and it is amongst the few titles whereby a connection is being made between media ethnography, international news organizations and news photography. Dr. Ilan has published his work in various leading international peer-reviewed journals.

Research Areas:

  • Cultural production: Cultural identity, Cultural Industries
  • News Media: News Organizations, News Production, International News media, News Technologies 
  • Visual  Culture: Photojournalism, Live-Broadcast Technologies
  • Qualitative Research Methods: Media Ethnography, Visual Analysis

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification


Sep 2008Apr 2012

Award Date: 30 Apr 2012

Master's Degree, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Oct 2003Jun 2007

Award Date: 30 Jun 2007


Oct 1999Jun 2002

Award Date: 30 Jun 2002


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