Twitter Feeds for Communication Majors

To librarians at academic institutions across the country, it’s increasingly clear that microblogging tools like Twitter are changing the ways that people consume and communicate scholarly and professional information.

Nowhere is this perhaps more evident than in the realm of communication studies— where scholars and practitioners alike are turning regularly to Twitter for everything from news and professional updates to primary research and content analysis.

These layers of relevance make it all the more important for communication faculty to encourage their students to explore the potential uses and misuses of Twitter on a regular basis.

To facilitate this, it is helpful, if not (eventually) essential, for instructors to provide communication majors with “recommended Twitter reading lists,” or lists of feeds with particular resonance with their areas of study.

The following sections represent my attempt at creating “starter lists” of Twitter feeds that might be relevant to students in the AU SOC’s journalism, public communication, and film and media arts divisions.

1. Journalism students

  • @BreakingNews – “Breaking news alerts around the world from hundreds of sources 24 hours a day.” Bought by MSNBC in 2009.
  • @cnnbrk – CNN Breaking News.  “…among the world’s leaders in online news and information delivery.”
  • @ABC – “The Official Twitter Page of ABC NEWS – Online News, Breaking News, Feature Stories and More.”
  • @FoxNews – Fox News. “Join the more than 1 million fans following America’s #1 Cable News Network!”
  • @HuffingtonPost – Huffington Post. “The Internet Newspaper.”
  • @ProPublica – “An independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.”
  • @TheOnion – “America’s Finest News Source.” Satircal news source, occasionally mistaken as actual news with controversial results.
  • @NiemanLab – The Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. “Trying to figure out the future of news.”
  • @joyrosen_nyu – Twitter account of Jay Rosen, NYU professor of journalism and author of

2. Public Communication students

  • @adage– Ad Age. “Ad Age is the leading global source of news, intelligence and conversation for marketing and media communities.”
  • @guardianscience – “News, comment, all that stuff from the Guardian’s science, health and environment team”
  • @AJEnglish – Al Jazeera English. “Al Jazeera English, the 24-hour English-language news and current affairs channel, is headquartered in Doha, Qatar.”
  • @washingtonpost – Washington Post. “One of many ways The Washington Post gets social.”
  • @Slate – Slate Magazine. “Politics, culture, technology, business, news, and commentary. Procrastinate better.”
  • @TheEconomist – “Official site for The Economist. Follow for article updates, events and news from The Economist.”
  • @PewResearch – Pew Research Center. “Nonpartisan, non-advocacy data and analysis on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.”
  • @WhiteHouse – “Official WH twitter account. Comments & messages received through official WH pages are subject to the PRA and may be archived. “

3. Film & Media Arts students

  • @nytimesphoto – New York Times Lens Blog. “Tweeting about photography & visual journalism in the news and on our radar.”
  • @natgeo – National Geographic. “Since 1888, we’ve traveled the Earth, sharing its amazing stories with new generations.”
  • @twittermedia – A sub-account of Twitter. “Tracking cool, meaningful uses of Tweets in media, tv, sports, entertainment and journalism. Send us tips!”
  • @mashable – Twitter account for Pete Cashmore and the staff of “The largest independent news source covering web culture, social media and tech. Updates from Mashable staff.”
  • @tubefilter – Tubefilter. “Online video’s daily must-read. Following the evolution of entertainment one video at a time.”
  • @funnyordie – Funny or Die. “We make funny videos with famous people. Will Ferrell is our boss. We like to laugh and watch kittens do adorable people things.”
  • @povdocs – “Documentaries with a point of view on PBS”
  • @filmindependent – “Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization that supports independent film and filmmakers. We produce the Spirit Awards & the LA Film Festival.”
  • @variety – “Variety is the premier source of entertainment news since 1905.”
  • @ebertchicago – Twitter account of Roger Ebert, a well-known film critic and screenwriter. “Film critic since time immemorial.”

Have a feed suggestion for this post? Leave me a comment or send me a message at @robinlibrarian and I’ll add it to the list.


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