Malcolm X once called the media 'the most powerful entity on earth', with 'the power to make the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent'. Social media, 'fake news', and political and corporate propaganda have all shaken trust in the news media, while disinformation about vaccinations and climate change have revealed limits to its power to inform. Christopher Kissane speaks with leading figures about the future of the media in an age of 'alternative facts'.
Áine Kerr is a serial risk taker and trailblazer with more than 10 years’ experience in the specialist cross-over space between journalism and technology. Co-founder and COO of technology start-up Kinzen, she is a former Global Head of Journalism Partners at Facebook in New York, former Managing Editor at social media news agency Storyful, and a former political correspondent with Irish newspapers. She is a former member of the European Council’s committee of experts on quality journalism in the digital age and advisor to the Institute for Future of Media and Journalism (Fujo). She is a board member with Gaisce; the President of Ireland's Award earned by young people Áine is a Fellow of the Sulzberger Leadership Program in Columbia University, NYC and has a Masters in Journalism (MAJ) and Bachelor of Education (B’Ed) with Dublin City University [DCU]. Áine is also a qualified and accredited Executive Coach and is the host of Reignite on RTÉ Radio One. She has been recognised with an Alumni Award by DCU and awarded Woman of the Year in Media at the annual Irish Tatler awards.
Prof. Brian MacCraith was President of Dublin City University (DCU) from July 2010 to July 2020, during which time DCU grew significantly in terms of scale, footprint, and reputation. During that period, DCU was Ireland’s fastest growing university and added 3 new campuses (DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, DCU All Hallows Campus, and DCU Alpha, the University’s Innovation Campus) to its original base in Glasnevin. Brian MacCraith is a member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics, an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Ireland, and a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineers. In September 2020, Brian was appointed as chair of the Board of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA). In November 2020, he was appointed by the Government to chair the High-Level Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccination. He was also chair of the Government-appointed Future of Media Commission. Brian is a member of the Boards of Barretstown Children’s Charity and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.