Our world runs on communication between people. Whether you are trying to make your life partner understand where you are coming from, or whether world leaders are negotiating a treaty, or whether a business is trying to clean up its image, communication is essential. There are a number of communication careers available these days. From Tv broadcasting to advertising to cultural understanding and consulting, communication professionals can be found in abundance.

It can help to have access to solid resources as you work in communications. Some of the best resources can be found at institutions of higher learning. No matter how long you have been a communications professional, you might find what you are looking for with dot-edu sites. Here are 50 great dot-edu resources for communications professionals:

Interpersonal Communication

Learn more about communication theory as it relates to individuals. Plenty of interesting information on how we communicate.

  1. Four Principles of Interpersonal Communication: Learn some of the basic principles of interpersonal communication, including the way context is used.
  2. Guidelines for Interpersonal Communication: Includes basic information on effective interactions from Harvard University.
  3. The Interpersonal Web: A great resource from Northern Virginia Community College offering you the chance to learn more about context, verbal and nonverbal messages, the communication process, and more.
  4. Interpersonal and Small Group Communication: This is a great resource from the University of Iowa. Read about different theories of communication and more.
  5. Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Communication: Looks at the differences between intrapersonal and interpersonal communication. An entire unit dealing with communication.
  6. Interpersonal Communication: Looks at basic principles of interpersonal communication, and their importance.
  7. Communication Theory: Great resources on communication.

Intercultural Communication

Find out more about communication between cultures. Sometimes, communication standards are different between cultures. Learn more about how to facilitate understanding between cultures.

  1. Intercultural Communication: Looks at different aspects of intercultural communication, and provides some resources.
  2. Intercultural Context: This workbook takes you through different articles and critiques of different ideas of intercultural communication.
  3. Intercultural Communication Theories: Use this Powerpoint from Illinois State University is a great resource on intercultural communication.
  4. Face: A brief resource that looks at the face and it’s place in intercultural communication.
  5. Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication: Read information about research done by the center, and find helpful resources.
  6. Intercultural communication: Helpful overview of intercultural communication from Lanqua, an educational program from the EU. Not exactly .edu, but educational nonetheless.

Business and Organizational Communication

The way that communication is conducted in businesses and other organizations makes for interesting study. These resources help you learn more about group communication in business and organizational settings.

  1. Why Good Communication is Good Business: A great editorial on the importance of communication in business.
  2. Organizational Communication: A basic overview of org comm, and what it encompasses.
  3. Rhetorical theory in business communication curricula from 1900 to 1980: An historical critique: Look at the development of business communication.
  4. Organizational Communication Theory: This is a syllabus for a course with links. So you can read resources and learn more about org comm.
  5. Business Documents: Helpful resources related to improving business writing skills.

Broadcast Communication

Find out more about the theory of broadcast communication. Techniques for successful communication with TV and radio are also covered.

  1. Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Blog: Learn more about broadcasting from San Francisco State University.
  2. Journalism, Print and Broadcast Resources: Plenty of broadcast resources, and print as well.
  3. Library of American Broadcasting: The University of Maryland provides this great resource.
  4. Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication: Learn more about the broadcast legend, get tips and see research.
  5. 10 Rules of Broadcast Journalism: A quick refresher on what makes good broadcast journalism.
  6. UCLA Film & Television Archive: Learn from the best. Great media opportunities for study.

Print Communication

Newspapers and magazines often have specific communication standards and practices. Learn more about these publications communicate with readers and others.

  1. Journalism Library Blog: Great resources from Columbia University.
  2. The Meek School of Journalism and New Media: News, tips and more related to print, online and broadcast journalism.
  3. Frank Lee Martin Journalism Library: Information and resources related to journalism.
  4. Mag Crit Blog: An interesting look at magazines, and the industry, from Syracuse University.
  5. Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Resources, news and more from the University of Texas at Austin.
  6. Tips for Laid Off Journalists: Great resources for print professionals worried about where their next paycheck is coming from.

Online Communication

One of the most interesting and rapidly growing areas of communication takes place over the Internet. Learn more about how people interact online and learn how they use social media, virtual worlds and other tools to make connections.

  1. Online Communication Studies: Plenty of resources related to online communication.
  2. Institute for New Media Studies: Great place to start if you are interested in online communication.
  3. Knight Digital Media Center: Learn more about digital communications.
  4. Is social media killing our theories?: An interesting paper on what’s next in communication.
  5. Social Media Handbook: Vanderbilt offers a great resource for anyone who wants to communicate online.
  6. Online Communication Tips: Helpful resource that can help you better communicate via the Internet.

Public Relations Communication

You have to know how to communicate with the public in a lot of settings. Whether you need help with a political campaign or are trying to drum up a positive image for a company, PR resources can be valuable — especially if they include information on contacting others.

  1. When a reporter calls: A handy resource that can help you prepare to speak with a reporter.
  2. An Overview of Public Relations Theory: This is a paper that offers great insight into the history of PR.
  3. Public Relations Resources: Syracuse University offers a number of links to helpful resources.
  4. Public Relations Links: This is a great resource, full of links to professional organizations, associations and agencies.

Advertising and Marketing Communication

These resources can help you figure out the best methods of communicating a brand message, and marketing products and services. Includes techniques, as well as information on the psychology of persuading others to buy what you’re selling.

  1. Toward A Critical Theory of Advertising: A paper on advertising theory.
  2. The Journal of Advertising: Information from this great journal devoted to advertising.
  3. Marketing Theory Course Readings: Even though these are for a class, they provide plenty of interesting information. Includes PDFs you can link to.
  4. Marketing Resources: Great list, in one place, of where you can go for more on advertising and marketing.

Media and Communications Law

Plenty of great resources related to law, ethics and what happens in various communications fields.

  1. Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law: Plenty of interesting resources and discussion.
  2. Journalism Ethics Cases Online: Great resources on journalism ethics from Indiana University.
  3. The Center for Internet and Society: A great resource for law related to the Internet.
  4. Center for the Study of the Public Domain: Learn about what constitutes public domain, and get help on intellectual property issues.
  5. Ellen K. Solender Institute in Free Speech and Mass Media Law: Learn about media, communication and free speech law.
  6. Center for Journalism Ethics: Learn more about ethics in journalism.

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