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.

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.