Virtual Speaker Series Continues In 2021

The New York Press Club’s virtual speaker series will continue. We hope you will join us for this free online series with an incredible lineup of talented journalists.

Mark your calendars for:

Technology reporter and No Filter author Sarah Frier  (January 11 at 7 p.m.)

Credit: Jeff Singer

Sarah Frier will join the New York Press Club on January 11 at 7 p.m. The conversation will be moderated by Stephanie Forshee.

Sarah Frier reports on social media companies for Bloomberg News out of San Francisco. Her award-winning features and breaking stories have earned her a reputation as an expert on how Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter make business decisions that affect their future and our society. Frier is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Television.

No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram is her first book.

About No Filter

Winner of the 2020 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award * Finalist for SABEW’S Inaugural Best in Business Book Award

In this “sequel to The Social Network” (The New York Times), award-winning reporter Sarah Frier reveals the never-before-told story of how Instagram became the most culturally defining app of the decade.

“The most enrapturing book about Silicon Valley drama since Hatching Twitter” (Fortune), No Filter “pairs phenomenal in-depth reporting with explosive storytelling that gets to the heart of how Instagram has shaped our lives, whether you use the app or not” (The New York Times).

In 2010, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger released a photo-sharing app called Instagram, with one simple but irresistible feature: it would make anything you captured look more beautiful. The cofounders cultivated a community of photographers and artisans around the app, and it quickly went mainstream. In less than two years, it caught Facebook’s attention: Mark Zuckerberg bought the company for a historic $1 billion when Instagram had only thirteen employees.

That might have been the end of a classic success story. But the cofounders stayed on, trying to maintain Instagram’s beauty, brand, and cachet, considering their app a separate company within the social networking giant. They urged their employees to make changes only when necessary, resisting Facebook’s grow-at-all-costs philosophy in favor of a strategy that highlighted creativity and celebrity. Just as Instagram was about to reach a billion users, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg—once supportive of the founders’ autonomy—began to feel threatened by Instagram’s success.

Frier draws on unprecedented access—from the founders of Instagram, as well as employees, executives, and competitors; Anna Wintour of Vogue; Kris Jenner of the Kardashian-Jenner empire; and a plethora of influencers worldwide—to show how Instagram has fundamentally changed the way we show, eat, travel, and communicate, all while fighting to preserve the values which contributed to the company’s success. “Deeply reported and beautifully written” (Nick Bilton, Vanity Fair), No Filter examines how Instagram’s dominance acts as a lens into our society today, highlighting our fraught relationship with technology, our desire for perfection, and the battle within tech for its most valuable commodity: our attention.

Stephanie Forshee (Photo by David Handschuh/NYLJ)

Stephanie Forshee is a staff reporter for Agenda, a Financial Times publication, where she covers executive compensation and succession planning. She serves as 2nd Vice President for the New York Press Club and is co-author of In Other News: Reporters on Reporting, written with Rosie Downey.

Stephanie previously held roles at American Lawyer Media, the Puget Sound Business Journal, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and Bobit Business Media. Stephanie’s work has been recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Western Publishing Association and the Los Angeles Press Club.

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Stay tuned as we announce more speakers.