The Oxford University Media Society (OUMS) has been re-launched, after a break of four years, by St Hugh’s student Theo Davies-Lewis, who has taken up the role of President of the Society. The Principal of Jesus College, Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, is amongst the impressive list of Patrons who have joined to support this initiative, including the Chancellor of Oxford University, five other Heads of Oxford Colleges and a number of eminent journalists, broadcasters and authors.
Commenting on his choice of Patrons, Theo Davies-Lewis says: “When I was hoping to secure support from some of the leading experts in media and the digital age, Sir Nigel’s name was one of the first to come to mind. His work analysing big data, specifically with the Open Data Institute, is something that is vital to consider in this new media landscape. As well as this, as one of the leading experts in AI, it is vital for students to engage with Sir Nigel’s probing and ever-relevant work. I am delighted to have Sir Nigel’s support in both a professional and personal capacity. He has been both supportive and inspirational for me and many of our committee, and we look forward to working with him in the future.”
The Society’s aim is to ensure that young people have the opportunity to engage with experts in the media industry and it will host weekly speakers from the many forms of media.
Sir Nigel is delighted to be involved in this endeavour and says: “The launch of the new Oxford Media Society is a great development. In a world of 24/7 news and media it is crucial to understand how content and technology interact and affect the information environment in which we all live. The Society’s programme looks to be a really great line up of presentations and I wish it every success.”
The Media Society’s launch event will take place on 27 April, with Alan Rusbridger, former editor of The Guardian, in conversation with Channel 4 News broadcaster and journalist Jon Snow.
Further details on the OUMS can be found at oxfordunimediasoc.com