We are delighted that John Fraser (Exeter College) will be our keynote speaker at our Annual Dinner, on 10 January 2019. Mr Fraser is Executive Chair of the National NewsMedia Council, and he will speak on the future of newspapers in Canada.
The genie of new media has escaped its bottle, with its power to inform and to mislead, to rally citizens together and to set them against one another, to drive political accountability and to effect political manipulation. Concurrently, traditional media are grappling with fragmenting audiences, declining advertising, and dwindling subscriptions. The question of whom Canadians trust to deliver news and insight has never been more contentious.
Mr Fraser is one of Canada’s most distinguished journalists. He began as a teenaged copy boy for the Toronto Telegram, and became an award-winning writer for the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star, and Maclean’s, as well as for a host of international titles. During his tenure as Editor of Saturday Night, the magazine won the most awards of any Canadian publication, and he was named “Editor of the Year” in the National Magazine Editors Awards.
From 1995 to 2014, he was the much-loved Master of Massey College in the University of Toronto, the only self-governing graduate residential college in Canada. The Massey Lectures, the Massey Journalism Fellowships, and the Massey Scholars-at-Risk Programme all flourished under his stewardship.
Our annual dinner is a lovely opportunity for recent graduates, long-time members, and friends of Oxford to meet, to break bread together, and to celebrate our shared bond through our affection for the University. Traditionally, most of our attendees have worn black tie, but this is entirely optional.
The cost of the dinner is $75 per person. To reserve places, please download and complete the registration form. Your reservation must reach us by 03 January 2019, but please note that the annual dinner is traditionally our most popular event, and last year, all places were spoken for before the registration deadline.
We very much hope to see you there.