Navigating the world of "information chaos"

Theo stumbled across across some information about the 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. 

Since 2004 (and even 2014), the media landscape has shifted dramatically and now there are even more challenges and opportunities for us as the next generation to face.

In light of this, Theo decided to relaunch the media society as a national forum for debate and engagement.

Theo with Senior Member, Alan Rusbridger, who he set up the society alongside.

Theo with Senior Member, Alan Rusbridger, who he set up the society alongside.

Theo worked tirelessly to relaunch the Oxford Media Society. He’s a man who doesn’t like to take No for an answer. His passion and determination were impressive.
— Alan Rusbridger
Ed Williams, CEO of Edelman UK, speaking at the society (2018).

Ed Williams, CEO of Edelman UK, speaking at the society (2018).

Theo interviewing Farrah Storr, Editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan UK, at the Media Society.

Theo interviewing Farrah Storr, Editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan UK, at the Media Society.

The society was made an officially accredited society by University of Oxford at the start of 2018, and there is a full committee of students recruited by Theo continuing to organise the future of the society under the supervision of Senior Member Alan Rusbridger, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall (Oxford) and former editor-in-chief of The Guardian newspaper.  

An excellent society.
— Simon Lewis OBE, former Communications Secretary to the Queen

Theo has also been solely responsible for developing the support base of patrons and funding for the initiative.

Some of the most high-profile figures supporting the society include notable public figures, journalists, publishers, and politicians such as The Lord Patten of Barnes CH; The Lord Evans of Watford; The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury; The Lord Grade of Yarmouth CBE; Gyles Brandreth; Roger Mosey; Zeinab Badawi; Nicholas Coleridge; Will Hutton; and Dame Hilary Boulding.

In addition, Theo organised a term card with speakers from organisations such as the BBC and Twitter.

Jon Snow, the revered Channel 4 News broadcaster, launched the society on April 27. From October, Theo will be welcoming many guests to be interviewed by him, including John Humphrys, BBC broadcaster; Eleanor Mills, Editorial Director of The Sunday Times; and Marco Bertozzi, Vice-president of Spotify Europe.

Overall, this project is one of the most important initiatives Theo has championed in his career.

Media is an integral and intrinsic aspect of our daily lives, and this society hopes to have a national importance in staging debate and engage people, young and old, in the future of broadcasting, newspapers, the internet, social media, public relations, and publishing.

Theo is President of the society until christmas 2018, when he will then hand over the society to the next generation of media leaders at the University.

For more information about the society, please watch the promotional videos on this page or visit our website: www.oxfordunimediasoc.com.

 

Selected videos and interviews by Theo and the society

The first promotional video for the Oxford University Media Society.

 

Alan Rusbridger discusses his involvement in the society.

 
The President of the Oxford University Media Society, Theo Davies-Lewis, explains why he wanted to re-establish the organisation and its ambitions for the future.
 
Our first of a series of broadcast interviews with some of the most interesting people in media. For the first episode of Spotlight, President Theo Davies-Lewis sat down with the Sir Nigel Shadbolt, who co-founded the Open Data Institute with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, to discuss all things data, privacy and social media.
 
In this week's episode of Spotlight, Theo Davies-Lewis speaks to Damian Collins MP, Chair of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee. Watch for latest news from their work, thoughts on 'Leveson Two' and Facebook.