Áine Kerr is co-founder and COO of Kinzen, a new Irish start-up developing solutions for people who want conscious control of their news experience. She was recently awarded Woman of the Year in Media 2018 by Irish Tatler Magazine at their annual awards ceremony.
Previously, Áine led global journalism partnerships at Facebook, overseeing a team in New York focused on building products, tools and services for journalists and also working to improve news literacy for news consumers. She was instrumental in helping to create and execute on the Facebook Journalism Project and led the creation of the News Integrity Initiative (NII).
Before joining Facebook in March 2016, she spent five years at Storyful, where she served as head of content and political editor before being appointed managing editor in December 2011 at the time of the company’s acquisition by News Corporation. Prior to that, Áine spent over seven years working as a political correspondent and news reporter with The Irish Times, The Irish Independent and The Irish Examiner.
Áine is on the board of the NII, an advisor to the Institute for Future of Media and Journalism (Fujo), as well as being the co-founder of Online News Association (ONA) Ireland. She recently graduated as a Fellow of the Sulzberger Leadership Program in Columbia University and has a Bachelor of Education (B’ED) and a Masters of Journalism (MAJ) with Dublin City University [DCU]. She has spoken at major conferences and events world over, lectured in journalism for two years with Dublin Business School and recently served as a member of the Visiting Faculty at Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in St Petersburg, Florida.