Amit Schejter

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Amit Schejter
Born 1961
Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A
Citizenship U.S., Israeli
Website BGU
Scientific career
Fields Communication Studies
Institutions Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Pennsylvania State University
Doctoral advisor Jorge Reina Schement

Amit Schejter (Amit Meshulam Schejter) is Professor and Head of the Department of Communication Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and Visiting Professor of Communications and co-director of the Institute for Information Policy at the Bellisario College of Communications of the Pennsylvania State University.

Academic career[edit]

Schejter received his LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1986, his M.S. in mass communications from Boston University in 1991 and his Ph.D. in communication and information policy from Rutgers in 1995. Between 1997 and 2000 he was on the faculty at Tel Aviv University. Since 2004 he has been at Penn State[1] and since 2012 at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.[2]

His research focuses on the relationship between media and justice.[3][4] It analyzes how media policies have an effect on the public interest;[5] minority rights;[6] the unequal distribution of communication resources,[7] and the silencing of the public's voice,[8] in particular that of members of marginalized communities.[9] Central among the theoretical approaches to justice he currently investigates is the capabilities approach.[10]

He has also written extensively about media regulation, critiquing policies regarding broadcasting,[11] cable television,[12][13] public broadcasting,[14] mobile services,[15] and audiovisual services[16] in Israel as well as low power FM,[17] network neutrality[18] and universal service[19] policies in the U.S. As a member of the International Media Concentration Group, he analyzed (with Moran Yemini) media concentration in Israel between 1984-2013.[20]

He is the author or editor of 6 books and more than 60 journal articles, law reviews and book chapters in five languages and has been cited in congressional and Knesset hearings. Critics have described his books as deserving of “high praise for their energetic and creative investigation”,[21]  as “must-read for policy makers, educators, industry leaders and others interested in bringing U.S. communications into the 21st century,”[22][1] and as “display[ing] enviable intellectual courage".[23] In 2017 he received (with Noam Tirosh) the Israel Communication Association’s Outstanding Book of the Year Award.[24] He serves as the founding editor of the Journal of Information Policy[25] and a member of the scientific management of the Israeli Center of Research Excellence (ICORE) “Learning in a NetworKed Society” (LINKS).[26]

Professional career[edit]

Between 1988-1989 and 1992-1993 Schejter served as bureau chief and senior advisor to Israeli ministers of education and culture Yitzhak Navon and Shulamit Aloni. Between 1993 and 1997 he was director of legal affairs and international relations at the Israel Broadcasting Authority[27] where he co-authored the Nakdi Report. In 2000 he was appointed vice president for regulatory affairs[28] at Cellcom (Israel), where he attracted public attention when attacking the government's caving in to pressures of Bezeq,[29] the national telco, and refusing to undergo a polygraph test enforced on the corporation's senior management.[30]

Professor Schejter has been involved in public life in Israel and the United States. In Israel, he has served on a number of public committees charged with studying and developing new policies regarding a wide range of issues.[31] In 2007-2008 he headed the Future of American Telecommunications Working Group, which proposed a telecommunications and media policy agenda for the incoming Obama administration,[32][33][34][35][36][37] and he has addressed regulators,[38][39] and academic audiences worldwide. Most recently, in 2015 he headed a government panel that proposed sweeping changes to the Israeli media industry.[40]

He currently sits on the board of directors of the Jaffa Theatre – The Stage for Arab-Hebrew Culture[41], and of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel[42] as well as on the Israel Press Council.[43] He is an avid fan of Hapoel Tel Aviv and for a few years wrote a popular column on the fans website.[44]


  • The Wonder Phone in the Land of Miracles: Mobile Telephony in Israel[45] (Hampton Press, 2008) (with Akiba Cohen and Dafna Lemish)
  • Muting Israeli Democracy: How Media and Cultural Policy Undermine Freedom of Expression[46] (University of Illinois Press, 2009)
  • ... And Communications for All: A Policy Agenda for a New Administration[47] (Lexington Books, 2009)
  • Beyond Broadband Access: Developing Data-Based Information Policy Strategies[48] (Fordham University, 2013) (with Richard D. Taylor)
  • Media in Transition[49] (Tzivonim Publishers, 2015, in Hebrew) in honor of professor Dan Caspi (with Nelly Elias, Galit Nimrod, and Zvi Reich)
  • A Justice-Based Approach to New Media Policy[50] (Palgrave McMillan, 2017) (with Noam Tirosh) 

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Amit Schejter / Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State". Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  2. ^ "The Department of Communication Studies - Amit Schejter". Retrieved 2017-12-02. 
  3. ^ M., Schejter, Amit; Moran, Yemini, (2007). "Justice, and Only Justice, You Shall Pursue: Network Neutrality, the First Amendment and John Rawls's Theory of Justice". Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review. 14 (1). ISSN 1528-8625. 
  4. ^ Schejter, Amit M.; Tirosh, Noam (2015-10-01). ""Seek the meek, seek the just": Social media and social justice". Telecommunications Policy. SPECIAL ISSUE ON THE GOVERNANCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA. 39 (9): 796–803. doi:10.1016/j.telpol.2015.08.002. 
  5. ^ Schejter, Amit M.; Obar, Jonathan A. (2009-10-01). "℡l It Not in Harrisburg, Publish It Not in the Streets of Tampa". Journalism Studies. 10 (5): 577–593. doi:10.1080/14616700902920240. ISSN 1461-670X. 
  6. ^ Schejter, Amit M.; Kittler, Juraj; Lim, Ming Kuok; Douai, Aziz; Balaji, Murali. ""Let's Go Down, and There Confuse Their Language, That They May Not Understand One Another's Speech1:? Developing A Model For Comparative Analysis And Normative Assessment of Minority Media Rights | Abstract". Global Media Journal. 6 (10). ISSN 1550-7521. 
  7. ^ Schejter, Amit M.; Tirosh, Noam (2012-10-01). "Social Media New and Old in the Al-'Arakeeb Conflict: A Case Study". The Information Society. 28 (5): 304–315. doi:10.1080/01972243.2012.708711. ISSN 0197-2243. 
  8. ^ Schejter, Amit M. "UI Press | Amit M. Schejter | Muting Israeli Democracy: How Media and Cultural Policy Undermine Free Expression". Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  9. ^ Schejter, Amit M. (2008-10-01). "'The Stranger That Dwelleth with You Shall Be unto You as One Born among You'—Israeli Media Law and the Cultural Rights of the 'Palestinian-Israeli' Minority". Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. 1 (2): 156–179. doi:10.1163/187398608X335810. ISSN 1873-9865. 
  10. ^ A Justice-Based Approach for New Media Policy - In | Amit M. Schejter | Palgrave Macmillan. 
  11. ^ Schejter, Amit (1996-12-01). "The cultural obligations of broadcast television in Israel". Gazette (Leiden, Netherlands). 56 (3): 183–200. doi:10.1177/001654929605600302. ISSN 0016-5492. 
  12. ^ Schejter, Amit M. "From a Tool for National Cohesion, to a Manifestation of National Conflict: The Evolution of Cable Television Policy in Israel, 1986-1998". ScholarSphere. 
  13. ^ Schejter, Amit; Lee, Sahangshik (2007-03-01). "The Evolution of Cable Regulatory Policies and Their Impact: A Comparison of South Korea and Israel". Journal of Media Economics. 20 (1): 1–28. doi:10.1080/08997760709337017. ISSN 0899-7764. 
  14. ^ Schejter, Amit M. (2018). Israel: A Critical-Legal History of Public Broadcasting Financing (in German). Springer VS, Wiesbaden. pp. 119–132. doi:10.1007/978-3-658-17997-7_10. ISBN 9783658179960. 
  15. ^ Schejter, Amit M. (2006). "Israeli cellular telecommunications policy". Telecommunications Policy. 30 (1): 14–28. 
  16. ^ Schejter, Amit M.; Tirosh, Noam (2016-03-01). "Audio-visual regulation transition in Israel: A view from within". International Journal of Digital Televison. 7 (1): 39–63. doi:10.1386/jdtv.7.1.39_1. 
  17. ^ Connolly-Ahern, Colleen; Schejter, Amit; Obar, Jonathan A. (2012-02-29). "The Poor Man's Lamb Revisited? Assessing the State of LPFM at its 10th Anniversary". The Communication Review. 15 (1): 21–44. doi:10.1080/10714421.2012.647286. ISSN 1071-4421. 
  18. ^ M., Schejter, Amit; Moran, Yemini, (2007). "Justice, and Only Justice, You Shall Pursue: Network Neutrality, the First Amendment and John Rawls's Theory of Justice". Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review. 14 (1). ISSN 1528-8625. 
  19. ^ Schejter, Amit M. (2009-08-01). "`From All My Teachers I Have Grown Wise, and From My Students More Than Anyone Else': What Lessons Can the US Learn from Broadband Policies in Europe?". International Communication Gazette. 71 (5): 429–446. doi:10.1177/1748048509104990. ISSN 1748-0485. 
  20. ^ Schejter, Amit M.; Yemini, Moran. Media Ownership and Concentration in Israel. pp. 942–985. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987238.003.0030. 
  21. ^ Katz, James E. (2009-06-01). "Wonder Phone in the Land of Miracles: Mobile Telephony in Israel - by Akiba Cohen, Dafna Lemish & Amit Schejter". Journal of Communication. 59 (2): E7–E10. doi:10.1111/j.1460-2466.2009.01427.x. ISSN 1460-2466. 
  22. ^ ".. And Communications for All, Amit M Schejter (Edited ) Marvin Ammori (Contributions). Review was written in Choicereviews website". 
  23. ^ Stone, Kirk (Spring 2010). "Book Reviews". International Communication Research Journal. 45 (1-2): 55–57. 
  24. ^ "פרס הספר המצטיין מטעם האגודה הישראלית לתקשורת לשנת תשע״ז לספרם של פרופ' עמית שכטר וד"ר נעם תירוש מאוניברסיטת בן-גוריון בנגב – חדשות באר שבע". (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  25. ^ "Journal of Information Policy". Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  26. ^ "Scientific Management". The Israeli Center Of Research Excellence. Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  27. ^ "News1 עמית שכטר מונה לתפקיד סמנכ"ל רגולציה בחברת סלקום". Retrieved 2017-12-04. 
  28. ^ Efi Landau (18 February 2003). "4 Cellcom executives refusing polygraph test". Globes. Archived from the original on 2 November 2004. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  29. ^ "הבעיה של בזק היא סלקום, לא חברות הכבלים". הארץ (in Hebrew). 2002-09-15. Retrieved 2017-12-04. 
  30. ^ לנדאו, אפי. "הפוליגרף בסלקום: סמנכ"ל הרגולציה והיועצת המשפטית מסרבים להיבדק". Globes. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  31. ^ אברבך, לי-אור. "פרופ' עמית שכטר יעמוד בראש הוועדה לרגולציה בשידורים". Globes. Retrieved 2017-12-02. 
  32. ^ "Research team to propose communication policy in Washington, D.C. | Penn State University". Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  33. ^ "Penn State-led research team offers counsel for new administration | Penn State University". Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  34. ^ "Tech wonks embrace government activism in telecom policy". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2017-12-02. 
  35. ^ "Academics Skewer U.S. Broadband Record - InternetNews". Retrieved 2017-12-02. 
  36. ^ "Better communications for all -- GCN". GCN. Retrieved 2017-12-02. 
  37. ^ "Telecommunications Policy Part 1, Jan 26 2009 | Video |". Retrieved 2017-12-02. 
  38. ^ "Faculty members to address foreign regulatory bodies | Penn State University". Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  39. ^ "IIP leads program about broadband access, policy in D.C. | Penn State University". Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  40. ^ Tucker, Nati (2015-09-18). "Panel Recommends Independent Media Regulator for Israel". Haaretz. Retrieved 2017-12-04. 
  41. ^ "Jaffa Theater A stage for Arab Hebrew Culture Repertuar 2015 תיאטרון יפו במה לתרבות עברית ערבית חוברת הצגות 2015 .pdf". Google Docs. Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  42. ^ "האגודה לזכויות האזרח בישראל | האנשים: נשיא, הנהלה, צוות". (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  43. ^ "חברי מליאת מועצת העיתונות - מועצת העיתונות בישראל ע". Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  44. ^ "אדום עולה". אדום עולה (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2017-12-02. 
  45. ^ "The Wonder Phone in the Land of Miracles: Mobile Telephony in Israel (Cohen, Lemish, Schejter)". Hampton Press. 
  46. ^ "Amit M. Schejter | Muting Israeli Democracy: How Media and Cultural Policy Undermine Free Expression". University of Illinois Press. 
  47. ^ Ammori, Marvin; Baynes, Leonard M.; Frieden, Robert M.; Goodman, Ellen P.; Hudson, Heather E.; Jayakar, Krishna; Struggle, Robert W. McChesney author Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century: Media Politics and the; Montgomery, Kathryn; Napoli, Philip M. (2009-02-16). Schejter, Amit M., ed. . . . And Communications for All: A Policy Agenda for a New Administration. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. ISBN 9780739129203. 
  48. ^ "Beyond Broadband Access". Fordham University Press. Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  49. ^ "חדש על המדף". Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  50. ^ A Justice-Based Approach for New Media Policy - In | Amit M. Schejter | Palgrave Macmillan.