Our Story

We began to take shape – in our current form – in late 2017, rebooting a former student initiative that welcomed speakers from print media, broadcasting, marketing and film between 2004 and 2014.


Our History

In its first ten years, the Society welcomed speakers including Amanda Berry OBE, Jeremy Paxman, John Witherow, Libby Purves and Sir Martin Sorrell. In late 2017, the Society returned with a new slate of speakers – and has since hosted the likes of John Humphrys, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Scarlett Curtis, John Micklethwait, Nima Elbagir, Jameela Jamil and Julia Chatterley. We have welcomed executives from Twitter, Facebook and Spotify, representatives of the world’s largest advertising and public relations firms, and hosted discussions on the Leveson Inquiry, the Greensill Scandal and digital media in the post-truth era.

The Society is an officially accredited society of the University of Oxford, is run by a committee of ten to fifteen students and represents over 800 members and 26 patrons, all with a common interest in the ways that people create and communicate in the 21st century.


In 2018, the following video was produced under the presidency of Theo Davies-Lewis as an explanation and introduction into the Society, its aims, future plans and impact. It was under Theo’s presidency that the Society was ultimately reborn, following its brief haitus.


Our logos throughout the years

Our very first logo, 2004 – 2014
Logo one of the reboot, 2017 – 2022
Our latest and greatest iteration, 2022 –

The Society in the media

The Society has been featured by a number of colleges (including Univ and Pembroke). Our original conception was even covered by the BBC! Read it here.

May 2023
Viirtual Talk by Helen Lewis
May 30, 2023
Talk by Stephen Bush
May 25, 2023
Talk by Sophia Smith Galer
May 23, 2023
Live Broadcast: Times Radio
May 11, 2023
Virtual Talk by Rachel Riley
May 9, 2023
Journalism Panel: Reuters Institute
May 5, 2023
Talk by Isabel Oakeshott
May 2, 2023
April 2023
Talk by Eve Bennett
Apr 29, 2023
March 2023
President’s Drinks
Mar 6, 2023
February 2023
Virtual talk by Matthew Freud
Feb 16, 2023
Talk by Matt Murray, in collaboration with the Oxford Union
Feb 7, 2023
January 2023
Virtual talk by Emily Maitlis
Jan 31, 2023
Mickey Down & Konrad Kay, in collaboration with Oxford University Dramatic Society
Jan 27, 2023
Investigative journalism workshop by Steve Coll, in collaboration with the Oxford Union
Jan 24, 2023
Q&A with James Marriott
Jan 20, 2023
February 2022
New Journalism with Farrah Storr
Feb 19, 2022
A Practical Guide to Freelancing
Feb 10, 2022
In Conversation with Jon Ronson
Feb 3, 2022
January 2022
Hilary 2022 Members Social
Jan 31, 2022
November 2021
MT21 President’s Drinks!
Nov 17, 2021
Smith & Company: PR and Crisis Management
Nov 10, 2021
THE HURLY BURLY SHAKESPEARE
Nov 2, 2021
October 2021
A Conversation with Salma Zulfiqar
Oct 20, 2021
In Conversation with Max Fosh
Oct 5, 2021
September 2021
EqualityCheck, OUMS and OUFF’s panel on gender equality in film, TV, and theatre
Sep 14, 2021
June 2021
Sex and the Media Panel
Jun 9, 2021
OUMS X Lewis Goodall
Jun 7, 2021
Media Soc and Cherwell interview Christina Lamb
Jun 3, 2021
May 2021
Julia Chatterley: Business and Broadcasting
May 26, 2021
TikTok: On the Clock – Future of Social Media Panel
May 19, 2021
Behind the Greensill Affair with Gabriel Pogrund and Jim Pickard
May 10, 2021
A conversation with Armando Iannuci in collaboration with the OULC
May 5, 2021
April 2021
Reporting Investigations with Rianna Croxford
Apr 28, 2021
March 2021
Q&A with Pete Czernin
Mar 10, 2021
The Comments Section, ‘How far can the media be impartial?’
Mar 5, 2021
Q&A with Deborah Joseph
Mar 3, 2021
February 2021
Q&A with Jamie Windhurst
Feb 26, 2021
Women in Media and Journalism (OxWIB and OUMS)
Feb 24, 2021
Q&A with Rebecca Sinclair
Feb 17, 2021
Q&A with Alice Thomson
Feb 10, 2021
Early Careers Panel: Working in the Arts
Feb 3, 2021
January 2021
Q&A with Josh Glancy
Jan 26, 2021
Q&A with Jolyon Connell
Jan 20, 2021
November 2020
Alan Rusbridger: “News: And How to Use It”
Nov 25, 2020
An Evening with Jameela Jamil
Nov 18, 2020
Lyse Doucet: BBC Chief International Correspondent
Nov 11, 2020
Stephen Page: Faber & Faber CEO
Nov 4, 2020
October 2020
Jim Donaldson: CEO, UK and Middle East at FleishmanHillard
Oct 21, 2020
May 2020
Tim Dowling: Journalism Masterclass
May 6, 2020
March 2020
Gamblers Like Me: Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
Mar 9, 2020
Ed Couchman: General Manager of Snap UK
Mar 2, 2020
February 2020
President’s Drinks at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Feb 27, 2020
Inside the FT: James Lamont
Feb 20, 2020
The State of Publishing: Nigel Newton
Feb 12, 2020
Google News Lab: Matt Cooke
Feb 5, 2020
Creating Top Boy: Ronan Bennett
Feb 3, 2020
January 2020
The Future of Investigative Journalism: David Leigh
Jan 29, 2020
An Evening with MOB Kitchen: Ben Lebus
Jan 22, 2020
December 2019
Reporting on Russia: Luke Harding
Dec 4, 2019
November 2019
President’s Drinks
Nov 28, 2019
Women in Media with Oxford Women in Business
Nov 26, 2019
Alec Russell: Editor of the FT Weekend
Nov 20, 2019
Hugo Rifkind: Times Columnist
Nov 13, 2019
Nick Robinson: Former BBC Political Editor
Nov 11, 2019
Bayaan: Storytelling for Social Impact
Nov 2, 2019
October 2019
Anthony Geffen: BAFTA and Emmy award-winning filmmaker
Oct 30, 2019
Former Times Editor and Tortoise Media CEO: James Harding
Oct 16, 2019
May 2019
Nicholas Coleridge: Chairman of Condé Nast Britain
May 29, 2019
Windrush with Amelia Gentleman
May 18, 2019
John Micklethwait: Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg News
May 16, 2019
Ash Sarkar and Mohamed Madi: Is Our Media Fit For the Future?
May 13, 2019
March 2019
Clive Myrie: BBC World Affairs Correspondent
Mar 6, 2019
February 2019
Tim Harford: Economist, Author, Financial Times Columnist and TV Presenter
Feb 27, 2019
John Simpson: 50 Years at the BBC
Feb 25, 2019
Students in Media Drinks
Feb 21, 2019
A Picture of VICE with Matt Elek
Feb 20, 2019
Scarlett Curtis: Feminists Don’t Wear Pink
Feb 13, 2019
An Eye on Yemen: Nima Elbagir
Feb 6, 2019
January 2019
Giles Coren: Restaurant Critic, Times Columnist and Television Presenter
Jan 23, 2019
November 2018
Peter Dart: Director of WPP
Nov 27, 2018
Sharon White: Chief Executive of Ofcom
Nov 26, 2018
Breaking into TV with The Grand Tour Director Phil Churchward
Nov 19, 2018
State of the Press: Should There Be a 2nd Leveson Inquiry?
Nov 14, 2018
Krishnan Guru-Murthy: Presenter of Channel 4 News
Nov 12, 2018
Careers in PR and Digital Communications
Nov 5, 2018
Political Communications in the 21st Century
Nov 2, 2018
October 2018
Rachel Jupp in Conversation with Ceri Thomas
Oct 29, 2018
Former Communications Director to Boris Johnson: Guto Harri
Oct 17, 2018
Dylan Jones: Editor of British GQ
Oct 15, 2018
St Peter’s Presents: John Humphrys
Oct 10, 2018
September 2018
Marco Bertozzi: Vice-President Europe, Spotify
Sep 12, 2018
Alan Rusbridger: Breaking the News
Sep 7, 2018
June 2018
Rhodri Talfan Davies: Director, BBC Wales
Jun 13, 2018
Robin Elias: Managing Editor of ITV News
Jun 6, 2018
May 2018
Farrah Storr: Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan UK
May 30, 2018
Reporting, Truth and Global News: Mary Hockaday, BBC
May 23, 2018
Ed Williams: CEO, Edelman UK
May 16, 2018
Simon Lewis: Former Communications Secretary to the Queen
May 9, 2018
The Story of Twitter: Past, Present and Future
May 2, 2018
April 2018
Launch Event: Jon Snow in Conversation with Alan Rusbridger
Apr 20, 2018