We’re very pleased to announce our latest speaker for The Story 2018 — Camilla Wright, co-founder of Popbitch the scurrilous gossip newsletter that has had a major influence on UK media and culture for the last 18 years.
We’re huge fans of Popbitch at Storythings, not just for the newsletter, but for the incredible long-form journalism they do tracing the sordid connections between power, politics, media and gossip. Their recent series looking at the history of America Media Inc, publishers of National Enquirer, was a fantastic example of investigative long-form journalism, showing the intertwined networks of gossip journalism and politics from McCarthy to Trump.
Camilla Wright co-founded Popbitch back in 2000. The internet’s original gossip newsletter — “Like the Today show for tittle-tattle” (The Independent) — it has published weekly to its +300,000 subscribers ever since. It has outlasted a superinjunction, seen off dozens of competitors, navigated the choppy waters of internet fashions, been through the Leveson Inquiry and broken hundreds of stories, from politics to sport, pop music to media. “Even if you have never read or even heard of Popbitch, you will have encountered its cultural influence.” (The Guardian), Recently attracting the attention of the prestigious Columbia Journalism Review for a series of long form features on Donald Trump and the National Enquirer, Popbitch’s mission since the start of the century has been to show the world the “fake news” that media and celebrity often collude to present.
Camilla studied PPE at Oxford University, and developed a passion for being at the forefront of cultural change while working in Eastern Europe through the 1990s, seeing a whole new world emerge after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Previously a music and celebrity interviewer for magazines, since starting Popbitch she has had two books published, edited more than 800 weekly newsletters, developed a long-form magazine spin-off for tablets and smartphones, and written for websites, newspapers and magazines, TV and radio around the world, analysing the real story behind the story in the media.