Guild of Journalists of Ireland present ‘The Truth Behind the News’

The Guild of Agricultural Journalists of Ireland hosted their eighth biennial Michael Dillon Memorial event, where an expert panel debated the truth behind the news in the Marker Hotel, Dublin, kindly supported by Kerry Group.

The debate was chaired by Audrey Carville from RTE, with the introductions by Guild Chairman, Ciara Leahy.

More than 100 of Ireland’s leading agricultural journalists and communicators, as well as industry figures, were in attendance.

Panelists discussed the conflict between breaking stories first and the need for validating those stories and sources.

The panel members included;

Mark Little, Founder of Neva Labs and Storyful. Former MD of Twitter.

Cian Ó Mongáin, Manager, Online Partnerships Group at Google.

Eoin Lowry, Agribusiness Editor, Irish Farmers Journal.

Niamh Kirk, Researcher and Data Analyst, Dublin City University.

An expert panel chaired by RTÉ’s Audrey Carville debated the truth behind the news hosted by the Guild of Agri Journalists of Ireland at their biennial Michael Dillon event.From left are: Niamh Kirk, Audrey Carville, Mark Little, Cian Ó Mongáin, Edmund Scanlon, Eoin Lowry, Ciara Leahy.

When it comes to breaking news stories, it appears that increasing emphasis is placed on who breaks the story, rather than its validation. Panellists spoke passionately about the ethics of journalism and the future of the media landscape.

“There is a fantastic opportunity for quality journalism to rise again,” said Mark Little.

“The business model for news is bankrupt. The future of journalism will look more like Netflix and Spotify and the good news is that more and more young people are now paying for news directly, and that trend will continue.”

The debate closed with some fascinating perspectives, expertise and experience.

Those attending enjoyed a meal featuring some of Ireland’s finest food ingredients.

Ciara added; “We always look forward to our biennial event.”

“It provides an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues in our industry and this year’s memorial in debate form provided insight into the key factors driving news delivery. As a journalist myself, I am encouraged by many of the panellist’s thoughts about what the future holds for journalism.”

The late Michael Dillon was one of Ireland’s foremost agricultural journalists and broadcasters and a founding member of the Guild in 1961.

The Memorial Lecture series has had speakers in the past including former EU Agriculture Commissioner, Ray MacSharry in 2003; former EU Commissioner, Peter Sutherland; former Irish Prime Minister, John Bruton and former Irish President, Mary Robinson.