Pop Culture, the Internet, and Where We Go from Here
Globalization via our increasingly online lives have changed our world. We are all close together than ever and everything is interconnected. Jenna is an expert in technology and culture and can help audiences understand how shifts in both play into larger conversations about our collective future.
Jenna Wortham (she/they) is a journalist, author, and cultural figure whose work has appeared everywhere from the New York Times to Vogue to WIRED to The Economic Times. Jenna is currently a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine and co-host of the New York Times weekly culture podcast Still Processing. She recently co-edited the critically acclaimed visual anthology Black Futures which features contributions from over 100 thought leaders and artists, such as Alicia Garza and Solange Knowles. She also has a forthcoming book with Penguin Press called Work of Body.
Jenna's thoughtful and incisive criticism of pop culture, technology, and identity has been highly lauded by her industry peers. In a piece for The Rookie, Jenna was described as “one of the most important minds working in media” and in a Pi.co interview she was hailed as “the voice of the Snapchat generation.” It has also earned her a dedicated following on Twitter that is 700,000+ strong.
Her highly popular podcast Still Processing is a natural extension of her work as a writer. With co-host Wesley Morris, she discusses and analyzes the latest happenings in pop culture, the internet, and the zeitgeist. The podcast has both critical and cultural popularity, consistently appearing on year-end “Best of” lists, including those at The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and IndieWire. Still Processing is the winner of the 2017 Webby Award in “Podcast and Digital Audio.”
Jenna Wortham is a graduate of the University of Virginia. In 2017, she was the Zora Neale Hurston Fellow at the Jack Jones Literary Arts retreat. In 2018, she was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship. In 2019, she was awarded a Yaddo Fellowship. In 2020, she was an inaugural fellow at the Baldwin for the Arts and recognized as a Kelly Writers House Fellow.