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50 Best Blogs for Communications Majors

by Staff Writers

The communications major tantalizes students looking for something broad and eclectic. Because verbal and nonverbal behavior alike all factor into studies, anyone shooting for this degree plan has plenty of research ahead! Understanding everything from the latest in telecom and publishing gadgets to social media to speech therapy and pathology will do nothing but supplement – if not enhance – the course load. Some pretty worthwhile blogs besides these deserve attention as well, of course, so don’t take this list as anything even remotely definitive.

Gadgets

  1. Gizmodo: Not all gadgets necessarily enable communication, but amazing blogs such as the super popular (and super enjoyable!) Gizmodo make it exceptionally easy to follow their evolution. And, of course, learn about the very creative ways enthusiasts wield them.

  2. Wired: Along with some of the best commentary on technology, science and (of course) gadgetry in the English language, Wired magazine also offers up excellent cultural and subcultural insight.

  3. Techland: Time jumped on the tech blogging bandwagon with its Techland, which focuses on a broad spectrum of gaming, culture, science and gadget news.

  4. Engadget: Whether wanting to read up on the latest smart phone and tablet computer trends, absorb reviews and commentary or simply watch technology develop, Engadget has readers covered.

  5. Ars Technica: Technology buffs of all proficiencies and interests will inevitably find something interesting here. Communications majors particularly enamored with gadgets and open source must absolutely bookmark Ars Technica.

  6. Boing Boing Gadgets: Cultural juggernaut Boing Boing hosts an entire blog dedicated to gadgets of all distinctions – not just those earmarked to streamline or bolster communication!

  7. Crave: CNET’s gadget blog keeps track of all things consumer electronics, with today’s most popular devices prominently listed on its heading. Easy access for the tech-savvy communications aficionado!

  8. Ubergizmo: Ubergizmo updates constantly, with excellent content about the latest devices (and their hacks!) as well as news and views from relevant events.

  9. SlashGear: Although a wide range of tech enthusiasts will definitely find something to love here, smartphone and tablet buffs should pay special attention.

  10. TechCrunch: Visit TechCrunch for juicy reviews, trends and gossip about the hottest new gadgets, technology culture, social media and plenty more fascinating topics.

Internet and Social Media

  1. Mashable: More than just a social media site, Mashable stands on the very precipice of internet culture and communication – with some excellent stories about design and technology as well!

  2. The Official Google Blog: Love it or hate it, Google nevertheless completely changed the way humanity learns and communicates via the internet. Its official – and occasionally infamous – blog keeps readers updated on their various (and often game-changing) projects.

  3. Soshable: As its title implies, Soshable analyzes anything and everything related to social media, whether visitors use it for personal, profitable or even academic reasons.

  4. Socialnomics: Eric Qualman’s seriously admirable blog may not update as often as some of the others listed here, but its overarching goals render it essential. Communications majors who study how social media, social justice and charity frequently intertwine will find some excellent research here.

  5. The Anti-Social Media: Only the most dead-eyed, self-proclaimed "social media experts" choking Twitter with their buzzword babble never tire of the internet phenomenon. For everyone else, there’s the highly refreshing Anti-Social Media.

  6. Twitter Blog: The microblogging juggernaut is certainly not to everyone’s tastes, but browsing its first-person perspective sheds considerable light on this new communication form.

  7. Oh Internet!: Oh Internet! cheekily satirizes the digital world and all the subcultures (sometimes sub-sub- and sub-sub-subcultures) thriving there. Simultaneously hilarious and depressing, it serves as an amazing information repository for amateur sociologists and communications students alike.

  8. Ignite Social Media: Advertising and SEO are completely unavoidable when researching social media and its impact on human (or human/business or human/organization) interaction. This blog, by an internet marketing industry leader, sheds considerable light on how it both works and constantly changes.

  9. Technorati: Because Technorati compiles all the best (and not-so-best) blog content from around the web, internet newcomers might find it entirely too overstimulating. Everyone else, though, should browse its massive collection "in-house" and external reads for one of the broadest looks at online communication around.

  10. Wikimedia blog: Wikipedia and Wikimedia’s astronomical impact on both internet and mainstream culture can’t go ignored. Anyone wanting to learn more about its goings-on stay abreast over at their official blog.

Journalism

  1. CNN iReport Blog: Citizen journalism understandably stokes both controversy and gratitude, and CNN’s iReport team exists as one of the nascent field’s largest, most visible communities around.

  2. Poynter: At the intersection of journalism and media sits Poynter, an essential resource for communications students interested in learning how stories spread and pick up (or slough off) spin.

  3. Lens: The New York Times hosts a visually stunning and thoroughly educational blog about photojournalism’s uncanny ability to relay stories via imagery.

  4. Journalism.org: Hosted by the Pew Research Center, Journalism.org covers anything and everything about ethics and reporting imaginable – with plenty of excellent discussion topics for classrooms and casual conversations.

  5. Online Journalism Blog: Pretty much everything a potential visitor needs to know sits pretty right there in the title. Stop on by Online Journalism Blog for some great insight into how the internet shapes reporting for good and for ill.

  6. Journalistics: Public relations and journalism overlap, sometimes with rather debatable ethics and efficacy. Journalistics explores their interactions in depth, though they don’t keep the same painstaking update schedule as some of the other blogs here.

  7. Society of Professional Journalists Blogs Network: Whether looking for something national or region-specific, all the blogs in the Society of Professional Journalists’ extensive, impressive network provide valuable news, views and peeks into the industry.

  8. Nieman Journalism Lab: Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation conducts numerous studies and research regarding journalism’s adaptation to the internet era.

  9. Journalism 2.0: Communications majors curious about journalism’s relationship with business and entrepreneurship should definitely check out what Mark Briggs has to say.

  10. Columbia Journalism Review: From Columbia University comes a watchdog group covering news and opinions regarding journalism, particularly as they relate to free speech, bias and ethics issues.

Media Studies

  1. Mediabistro: Although aimed squarely at professionals, students can certainly benefit from Mediabistro’s relevant job listings, news, opinion pieces, trend analyses and plenty more.

  2. Adweek: Adweek magazine’s official website and blog covers a wide selection of media topics, particularly television, technology and – of course – advertising and marketing.

  3. Adbusters: Communication majors with an anti-consumerist, countercultural bent will love how Adbusters (both the blog and the periodical) deconstructs manipulative media rhetoric.

  4. Free Press Blogs: This nonpartisan nonprofit hopes to "promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, quality journalism and universal access to communications."

  5. Media Shift: PBS host Mark Glaser chronicles digital media’s influence on business, culture, technology and education – among plenty of other relevant, fascinating subjects.

  6. Category D: Chris Cagle teaches Film and Media Arts at Temple University and keeps a neat, readable blog about movie culture and history.

  7. GLAAD blog: For communications students concerned with media depictions of minorities and their overarching social impact, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s official blog analyzes both positive and negative GLBTQIA themes and images.

  8. Muslimah Media Watch: Watchdog group Muslimah Media Watch concerns itself with dispelling media-perpetuated stereotypes of Islam, women and Muslim women in particular.

  9. Name It. Change It.: Both the Name It. Change It. blog and website dissect the mass media’s rhetoric, stereotypes, double standards and insults aimed at female political candidates – no matter their party affiliations.

  10. David Bordwell’s Website on Cinema: Brought to audiences by the Department of Communication Arts at University of Wisconsin-Madison, this blog should appeal to students and film buffs alike.

Speech Communication, Speech Therapy, Rhetoric and Public Speaking

  1. The Communication Blog: Joseph A. DeVito started this resource as a supplement to his books, but any student and teacher studying communication and speech can still benefit from what he has to say.

  2. Speak Schmeak: Mostly about public speaking and performing, Lisa Braithwaite provides easy-to-understand, in-depth discussions of human communication.

  3. Shannon and Samantha’s Blog: This plucky pair of University of Mount Union communications majors don’t talk about speeches and public speaking, but they do offer up an awesome look at their degree plan and progress.

  4. Play on Words: Communications students curious about a career in speech therapy – or even simply researching the subject – should check out these innovative strategies for incorporating play into sessions.

  5. Persuasions Blog: Regardless of whether or not a college kid ends up having to persuasively speak, anyone majoring in communications or speech still should learn all of the art’s tenets.

  6. Figures of Speech Served Fresh: Figurative language, when used correctly, make for some incredibly colorful, memorable speeches. Learn all the ins and outs of it at this useful, fascinating blog.

  7. Great Public Speaking: Presented by the "Great Speaking" ezine, the accompanying blog focuses on pretty much exactly what its title says.

  8. Joyful Public Speaking (from fear to joy): Since public speaking terrifies even some of the most confident individuals, it pays to review these useful strategies switching a chore into…well…maybe not something necessarily enjoyable, but at least tolerable.

  9. If Only I Had Superpowers…: This incredible speech language pathologist keeps a highly informative resource about therapy strategies for a very wide range of conditions.

  10. The Blogora: Multiple rhetoricians contribute to this University of Texas and Rhetoric Society of America group blog covering anything and everything relating to their communicative craft.