The Oxford University Media Society, in its current form, has a relatively short history.
The idea of "re-launching" the society came from our President, Theo Davies-Lewis, at the end of 2017. He had stumbled across a website for the previous Oxford Media Society, which was a thriving student initiative for a decade between 2004 and 2014.
The previous society was initially founded as a forum for anyone interested in the media to meet like-minded people, where there were lectures and events with some of the most influential and powerful people in the industry. There were many acclaimed speakers from the printed press, television, radio, film, advertising, marketing and social media who addressed students, academics and members of the Oxford community on a weekly basis.
These speakers included: Amanda Berry OBE; John Witherow; Jeremy Paxman; Peter Bazalgette; David Abraham; Libby Purves; Danny Cohen; John McAndrew; Andrew Mullins; Peter Fincham; Sir Martin Sorrell; Paul Kenyon; and Will Hutton.
Unfortunately, the previous media society was poorly managed for its last few years, and has thus been inactive since around 2014, leaving Oxford students with no society or association that brings people together to learn and develop their interest in journalism, broadcasting, or media studies.
Since the previous society ceased to exist, the media landscape has shifted dramatically – with “new media” companies and social media platforms threatening the dominance of traditional legacy and private media. As a result, our understanding of the media industry is not always clear, and for the next generation of consultants, radio producers, PR executives, social media gurus, television critics, and the like, it is important to keep a close eye on the media industry.
In light of this, Theo decided to gather support for the initiative, and at the beginning of 2018, we were made an officially accredited society by University of Oxford, and there is a full committee of students continuing to organise the revival and future of the society under the supervision of Senior Member Alan Rusbridger, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall (University of Oxford) and former editor of The Guardian newspaper.
We hope that you can join us and be a part of our history.