Shifting Sentiment: Media Influence on Public Opinion Eileen Culloty, Dermot Meleady and Jade Wilson in conversation with Donal Fallon
Join us for this insightful panel event that looks to the past and the present to ask ‘Is public opinion reflected or led by media coverage?’ Featuring Dermot Meleady author of Shifting Sentiment (Wordwell Books), Eileen Culloty (DCU School of Communications), Jade Wilson (Irish Times reporter) and chaired by Donal Fallon, this variety of expertise will provide a lively discussion on the role the media plays in reflecting or shifting majority sentiment.
Dermot Meleady is an author and historian, whose previous publications include John Redmond: The National Leader and Redmond: The Parnellite. He was born in Dublin in 1949; he studied Science at University College Dublin and History at University of London.
Eileen Culloty is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communications and deputy director of the Institute for Media, Democracy and Society. She is the Vice-Chair of Media Literacy Ireland and coordinator of the Ireland Hub for the European Digital Media Observatory. Her book, co-authored with Jane Suiter, Disinformation and Manipulation in Digital Media was published by Routledge in 2021.
Jade Wilson is an Irish journalist based in Dublin, reporting for The Irish Times. Her work has also been featured in Context (Thomson Reuters Foundation), Bloomberg, GCN Magazine, and on Newstalk and BBC radio. Jade has been shortlisted for Foreign Coverage of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year in the 2022 Newsbrands Awards in Ireland, and a Justice Media Award in 2023. A graduate of English and Drama, with a minor in Social Justice, at University College Dublin, she has been working as a reporter for five years, often reporting on issues including migration and social affairs.