Connecting the University of Oxford to the global media industry.

Oxford Media Society is the foremost forum within the University of Oxford for discussion about the media industry in the 21st century. The Society hosts interviews with world-class speakers, leads interactive skills and employability workshops, and connects students to organisations and opportunities within the media sphere.



Hello and welcome back to Trinity term!

Whether you’re returning for another term or just joining us for the first time, I extend my warmest welcome to you. As the society continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary year, we are, as ever, continuing to explore the various mediums through which media, news, and stories can be told. I hope through attending our events, listening to our podcast, and watching our YouTube, you will be inspired to seek out and tell stories in your own unique ways.

Over the last two decades, media has broadened and reporting has changed drastically. We at the Oxford Media Society are always driven by an interest in exploring the ever-changing ways that stories are communicated. With social media, digitalisation, and short-form visual content reaching unprecedented heights, it is our firm belief that the conversations being held at the society are more relevant than ever.

One way in which we will be thinking – and rethinking – media and journalism is through the visual channel; documentaries, films, and videos palpably connect the audience with the story. We will be exploring the unique insights that documentaries have to offer with Salma Zulfiqar (film-maker and Creative Director at ARTconnects) and Zoe Flood (award-winning independent journalist and film-maker and original founder of Oxford Media Society). 

Media is also particular. We will be learning from Jancis Robinson OBE on her fifty year career writing and broadcasting about wine, and from Nick Trott, current editor of Motor Sport (and formerly of Evo), about the intricacies of automotive journalism and writing. 

And, of course, podcasting remains as popular as ever. Our own Spotlight podcast will also host a range of guests from Ossian Shine (Global Sports Editor for Reuters News), and the BBC’s Nikita Kanda and Lauren Layfield, to Jane Thynne (award-winning novelist and journalist).

As we continue to expand our horizons in how to tell stories and communicate news, I hope the diversity in the medium of form of this term card will once again inspire new ideas and insights about the changing landscape of media and journalism.

Haochen Wang (Pembroke College)
President, Trinity 2024

Hilary Term 2024 Report  

In this termly report, Nicole, our secretary, reports on how we commemorated 20 years of OMS. With our biggest committee to date we brought together members, old and new, in celebration of the media- its past, present and future.

Evolution of Political Satire in British Media

In this week’s newsletter, Paul Furey, our Commissioning Editor, considers how satire in British media, from classic literature to contemporary platforms like Private Eye and Banksy’s works, serves as a dynamic force for social commentary, challenging power structures and engaging the public in political consciousness despite risks of offence and oversimplification.

The Political Aesthetics of Brazilian Carnival

In this week’s newsletter, Sophie Magalhães, explores how Brazilian Carnival, renowned for its vibrant spectacle, merges cultural celebration with political commentary, as samba schools craft elaborate performances and musical displays to address social issues and injustices like colonialism’s legacy and environmental destruction.