Final Speakers for The Story 2014 – Lisa Salem, Bill Wasik, Tony Ageh & Alan Rusbridger

Tickets for The Story 2014 are selling fast, and we’re now very happy to announce the final four speakers who will be joining us at The Conway Hall on Friday February 21st next year. Its an awesome lineup, and we’re unbelievably excited about the event next year. If you haven’t got a ticket yet, get one from our Eventbrite page now!

Lisa Salem  is an interviewer and a film/audio/digital storyteller. She is currently directing Walk LA With Me – a feature documentary about the people she met whilst walking across Los Angeles, filming the walk with a camera in a baby-stroller. Lisa also works as a Content and Social Media Producer, creating content for and across The Beatles social platforms. She also co-runs and moderates 10×10 – a documentary-in-progress workshop and forum that celebrated its 6th year at Sheffield Doc/Fest last June.

Bill Wasik is an editor at WIRED and the author of And Then There’s This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture and Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus. And Then There’s This is, in our opinion, by far the best, most vivid, and most insightful account of how culture actually works in an age of digital attention. The book is a fantastic account of spending the early part of this millenium playing with how ideas spread, accidentally inventing flash-mobbing, and working with colleagues like Jonah Peretti to understand why some things go viral and others fall flat. I don’t think there’s a writer who better understands digital culture now, so we’re really pleased Bill can come over and join us at The Story in Feb.

Tony Ageh is BBC’s Controller of Archive Development, where he is working on a wide range of projects exploring how to create a new kind of Digital Public Space and ensure that past, present and future public archives are available to all. Tony has been a hugely influential figure in the history of the UK internet, helping to establish the Guardian’s New Media Lab, the first iteration of Wired UK, and the hugely influential dot-com era company UpMyStreet, before joining the BBC and leading the development of the BBC iPlayer. At The Story, he’ll be talking about a ‘life spent making lists’, and his vision for the future of archives and public media.

Alan Rusbridger has been the Editor of The Guardian since 1995, after working as a report and columnist for many years. In the last few years, Rusbridger has led The Guardian through an era of groundbreaking digital innovation and extraordinary journalism scoops, including the publishing of the Wikileaks documents, and more recently the publication of the Edward Snowden leaks. There is probably no other newspaper editor who has more first-hand experience about how journalism is changing in the 21st century, and we’re very excited that he is joining us at The Story to give his personal account of an incredible era for newspapers, journalism, and the relationship between the media and the state.

So – that’s the full line up for The Story on February 21st, 2014. It’s going to be an incredible day, so if you haven’t got a ticket yet, get yours now, as I’m sure the last tickets will be snapped up very quickly. See you in February, and in the meantime, have a great xmas and new year!