Storyful founder joins Future Forum line-up

Storyful founder joins Future Forum line-up

The founder of Storyful – the company behind Facebook’s newly-launched newswire – will be a speaker at the industry Future Forum, to be held by The Newspaper Works in Sydney from August 20-21.

Mark Little (pictured) will be among a world-class line-up of speakers which will include top executives from The New York Times, Axel Springer and the chief executives of the major Australian and New Zealand news publishing companies.

Storyful describes itself as the world’s first social media news agency and has recently started to provide a news feed service to Facebook.

Mr Little, based in Ireland, leads a team of journalists and technologists who discover and verify the most compelling content on platforms like YouTube and Twitter. His company works with the biggest news organisations and social networks in the world, including YouTube, ABC News and The New York Times.

The company was acquired by News Corp in December 2013 and will expand its operations in the United States and Asia in 2014.

Chief executive of The Newspaper Works, Mark Hollands, said: “Mr Little is sure to share a fresh perspective on the future of journalism that has been honed from professional, first-hand experience.

“The new Facebook tie-in is very interesting and I am sure many delegates will be keen to hear more.”

Mr Little has more than two decades of experience in journalism.

He was an award-winning foreign correspondent for the Irish national TV station RTE. He also presented the network’s top-rated current affairs program, Prime Time, and was its first Washington correspondent.

He joins an outstanding line-up of Plenary speakers from around the world.

They include Yasmin Namini, Senior Vice President & Chief Consumer Officer of The New York Times.

Ms Namini will reveal strategies and executions by The New York Times to increase engagement and loyalty with readers in print and for its many digital assets, providing insight into the testing of various subscriptions models.

Other speakers include Pit Gottschalk, Managing Director Content Management at Axel Springer, Germany’s leading news publisher, and Martha Stone, Managing Director of the World Newsmedia Research Group and Research Fellow of the University of Oxford Reuters Institute.

Among the other highlights of the two-day event will be a return of the Chief Executive Panel, featuring Julian Clarke (News Corp Australia), Greg Hywood (Fairfax Media), Michael Miller (APN News & Media) and Chris Wharton (West Australian Newspapers).

This year, the moderator will be Russel Howcroft, the popular TV advertising personality on ABC TV’sThe Gruen Transfer, and also executive general manager at Channel 10 in Melbourne.

Find out more about the Future Forum here.

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