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Mark Little appointed as the Trinity Long Room Hub’s Schuler Democracy Forum Media Fellow

02 September 2021 - The Trinity Long Room Hub will officially launch the Schuler Democracy Forum on the 15th of September, when Mark Little, the Hub’s first Media Fellow, will give a talk on 'Media for Humanity - a brief history of the future of journalism.'

Mark Little, CEO of Kinzen and former RTÉ journalist, has spent 30 years working at the intersection of media, technology and democracy. In his inaugural talk as Media Fellow, he looks back on three decades of media disruption and builds the optimist's case for a new era of purpose-driven journalism.

In advance of his upcoming talk, which takes place on the United Nations International Day of Democracy, he commented:

More than ever, we need a conversation about media and democracy that is grounded in the reality of human lives rather than short term rows between big tech and traditional gatekeepers.

Mr Little, the founder of Storyful, is also a member of the Future of the Media Commission, who recently submitted its report to Government.

TThe Schuler Democracy Forum is a new three-year initiative, funded by Dr Beate Schuler, that engages Trinity’s research in the Arts and Humanities with questions relating to the media and democracy. Working with media, enterprise, policymakers and civil society organisations, the Forum is committed to transforming research into real-world practice and activity.

The Forum builds on the work of the Hub in pioneering Arts and Humanities approaches to democracy research, including the 2018-19 CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institute on the Crises of Democracy and the 2020 Rethinking Democracy in an Age of Pandemic webinar and podcast series.

Dr Schuler, a scientist and education philanthropist, spoke about her inspiration for supporting such an ambitious project: “In 2021, with the global decline in democracy, it is essential that we have independent, diverse and trustworthy media systems with responsible media practitioners. We need to build cultures of open discussion and tolerance which allow people to disagree in a civil manner. We need publics equipped with the tools to identify fake or manipulative news and prepared to stand up against it.”

Dr Schuler added, highlighting the cross-sector collaboration and public engagement which will also be key tenets of the initiative.

Professor Eve Patten, Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, welcomed Mark Little, adding that: “We are honoured to have Mark join us as Media Fellow. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field to this project, together with valuable insights into the role that Arts and Humanities researchers can play in the work of democratic renewal. I would also like to express our gratitude to  Beate Schuler for her vision and support in funding this initiative.”

To register for Mark Little’s talk on September 15th at 4pm, please click here:

About Mark Little:
Mark Little is an entrepreneur, journalist and Trinity College graduate. He spent 20 years in broadcast news, as a reporter and presenter for RTÉ. He was the station’s first Washington Correspondent. In 2001, he won the Irish TV Journalist of the Year award for his reporting from Afghanistan. He was also anchor of the current affairs programme Prime Time, and wrote three books about US and world affairs. In 2010, he founded the world’s first social news agency Storyful, which was eventually sold to News Corp. He worked for Twitter, as Vice President for Media in Europe and Managing Director of its International Headquarters. In 2017, he co-founded Kinzen, which combines editorial skills and artificial intelligence to protect online conversations and communities. Mark also served on the Future of Media Commission, established by the Irish government in 2020 to provide a strategy for the future of public media in Ireland.

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