• Oxford and the media

    The Name Game

    The Name Game

    Barring school friends, contacts from Oxford can be some of the oldest in one’s life. At the time, it sometimes seems that those students who are pursuing a career in politics are the most assiduous at building up what is now called a “network”.
  • Oxford and the media

    The Oxford Connection

    The Oxford Connection

    Barring school friends, contacts from Oxford can be some of the oldest in one’s life. At the time, it sometimes seems that those students who are pursuing a career in politics are the most assiduous at building up what is now called a “network”.
  • Oxford and the media

    Laurie Penny

    A Penny For Your Thoughts

    I’ve wanted for some time now to write about Laurie Penny, the Wadham College graduate who, aged 26, was described last year by the Daily Telegraph as “without doubt the loudest and most controversial female voice on the radical left”.
  • Oxford and the media

    Why Media?

    Why Media?

    The media is not the place it was. There’s the fall in both jobs and salaries... the decline in influence and status... the insecurity surrounding almost every major media brand thanks to digital upheavals.
  • Oxford and the media

    Tutorials in Media

    Tutorials in Media

    I was set wondering by an e-mail I received from Nicholas Leonard, who went up to St Johns in 1958 and edited Cherwell, before a lengthy career in financial journalism (and finance itself), ending up at LBC and the Financial Times group.
  • Oxford and the media

    From Headlines to Heads

    From Headlines to Heads

    In my day at Oxford, the head of College was a primarily academic figure, with additional administrative and public responsibilities. It was certainly an Establishment role, when such a thing was understood.
  • Oxford and the media

    Write to the Top

    Write to the Top

    I was delighted to see that the latest Student Reporter of the Year is from Oxford. In the Guardian Student Media Awards 2012, Lizzie Porter from St John’s has picked up the title.
  • Oxford and the media

    A Degree of Resentment

    A Degree of Resentment

    Many of us, who went from Oxford into the media, will be a little surprised to discover that someone feels seasoned journalists and Oxbridge graduates are two distinct tribes.
  • Oxford and the media

    A Little Learning

    A Little Learning

    Perhaps one of the things Oxford taught us was the value of being well taught. So when it came to entering a career, naturally people looked for a way to learn their chosen profession – and that applied to the media, too.
  • Oxford and the media

    Golden years

    Golden years

    The media was once among the most golden of post-Oxford careers. It offered an opportunity to explore and set the social agenda, enjoy a glamorous lifestyle, and get well-paid for one’s ideas and writing.