top 25 communication professors on twitter

Top 25 Influential Communication Professors on Twitter

Earlier this year we published the top 15 most influential marketing professors on twitter and enjoyed getting to know those outstanding professors at a higher level.

Today we want to recognize the communication departments from around the country, especially those professors who are adding extreme value on Twitter.

Do you know any of the below professors? Maybe you’ve taken a class from one of them? Share the love and congratulate them on making our top 25 most influential communications professors on Twitter list!


25. Robert Quigley

robert quigley[highlight]University of Texas[/highlight]

Robert is a senior lecturer who focuses on new media, and is a 16-year veteran of the print journalism industry. In the last few years of his newspaper career, he helped the Austin American-Statesman reach national prominence with its use of new media and social media.

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24. Cindy Royal

Cindy Royal[highlight]Texas State University[/highlight]

Cindy is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She specializes in teaching the practical and theoretical concepts of New Media. Dr. Royal completed Ph.D. studies in Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Texas at Austin.

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23. Melinda Wenner Moyer

Melinda Wenner[highlight]City University of New York[/highlight]

Melinda is a freelance science and health writer based in Brooklyn, N.Y., who focuses on the nexus of health, the environment, and policy.

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22. Matt Mansfield

Matt Mansfield[highlight]Medill Northwestern University[/highlight]

Matt is an Associate Professor of Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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21. Andrew Stephen

Andrew Stephen[highlight]University of Pittsburgh[/highlight]

Andrew is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Katz Fellow in Marketing at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. His research has won numerous awards, including the Marketing Science Institute’s Alden G. Clayton Award.

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20. Kelli Matthews

Kelli Matthews[highlight]University of Oregon School of Journalism[/highlight]

Kelli has more than a decade of public relations experience, mostly as the director of a full-service public relations, marketing and design agency. She has been directly responsible for high-level communication, strategic planning, budget management and leadership for a wide variety of clients, many of which are nonprofits and community organizations.

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19. Seth C. Lewis

Seth Lewis[highlight]University of Minnesota[/highlight]

Seth is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. He also worked for several news organizations, most recently The Miami Herald. His research explores the social implications of information technology and digital media for the dynamics of media work and innovation.

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18. Barbara Nixon

Barbara Nixon[highlight]John Brown University[/highlight]

Barbara is an adjunct professor of communication at John Brown University. She lives in Wisconsin as a Training Manager at Shiloh Technologies.

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17. Jennifer Reeves

Jennifer Reeves[highlight]Missouri School of Journalism[/highlight]

Jennifer spent seven years producing newscasts in newsrooms including KBAK-TV in Bakersfield, Calif., KSBW-TV in Salinas, Calif., and WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich. She started her teaching career as executive producer at KOMU-TV at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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16. William J. Ward

William Ward[highlight]Syracuse University[/highlight]

William is an authority on digital and social media, quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Inc., Forbes, Fortune, CNN, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, NPR and The Huffington Post, and called upon to speak at TEDx and SXSW Interactive Conferences.

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[spacer]15. Dave Saunders

Dave Saunders[highlight]Virginia Commonwealth University[/highlight]

Dave is President and Chief Idea Officer of Madison+Main, an integrated communications agency that provides creative marketing solutions for emerging companies. Based in Richmond, Virginia, Dave is a nationally recognized expert in branding & interactive marketing.

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14. Chris Snider

[highlight]Drake University[/highlight]

Chris joined Drake University full-time in 2010 after spending three years as an adjunct instructor. He teaches teach web design, social media and multimedia.

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13. Emily Bell

Emily Bell[highlight]Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism[/highlight]

Emily is a Professor of Professional Practice & Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the University of Columbia. She was director of digital content for Britain’s Guardian News and Media from 2006 to 2010. Previous to that post, Bell was editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited from 2001 to 2006.

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12. C.W. Anderson

C.W. Anderson[highlight]City University of New York[/highlight]

C.W. holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Since 2009 he has also served as a visiting fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. From 2009-2010, he was a Knight Media Policy Fellow at the New America Foundation.

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11. Gary Schwitzer

gary-schwitzer-profile[highlight]University of Minnesota[/highlight]

Gary was a professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, but is now in the Public Health Department. He is an active blogger on his Health News Watchdog blog, where he blogs about issues that affect public about health care.

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10. Koci Hernandez

Richard Hernandez[highlight]UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism[/highlight]

Koci is a national Emmy award winning video and multimedia producer and worked as a photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. His work has appeared in Time, Wired, The New York Times, a National Geographic book and international magazines.

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9. Sree Sreenivasan

Sree Sreenivasan[highlight]Columbia University[/highlight]

Sree is Columbia University’s first Chief Digital Officer and a member of the faculty of Columbia Journalism School.  He writes the SreeTips blog for CNET and appears regularly on CBS and elsewhere to talk tech.

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8. Erik Qualman

Erik Qualman[highlight]Hult International Business School[/highlight]

Erik rose to prominence after high-profile stints at global companies like Yahoo, AT&T and Cadillac. Qualman embraced social media early and is now a respected authority in digital circles, delivering keynote speeches to business and government leaders, as well as, students at Hult International Business School in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai. His book titled Socialnomics consistently ranks in the top 10 on Amazon for social media business books.

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7. Robert Hernandez

Robert Hernandez[highlight]USC Annenberg[/highlight]

Robert is one of the few true veterans of Web journalism. He has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism – to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenue.

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6. Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy[highlight]Northeastern University School of Journalism[/highlight]

Dan is a nationally known media commentator who writes for the Nieman Journalism Lab, WGBHNews, The Huffington Post and other publications. He is a regular panelist on “Beat the Press,” a weekly media roundtable on WGBH-TV (Channel 2). Professor Kennedy teaches news reporting, media law and other journalism courses, with an emphasis on blogging, multimedia and social networks.

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5. Henry Jenkins

Henry Jenkins[highlight]University of Southern California[/highlight]

Henry is a professor of communication and journalism. From 1993-2009 he directed MIT’s Comparative Media Studies  graduate degree program. He recently published the book, Convergence Culture:Where Old and New Media Collide, on the subject of transmedia storytelling.

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4. Glen Gilmore

Glen Gilmore[highlight]Rutgers University[/highlight]

Glen is quoted by CNN, MSNBC, Reuters, Politico, and The Times of India, among others, on the topic of social media, from issues relating to the use of social media by major brands during the Super Bowl, to social media security risks posed to investment advisors. Glen advises clients on a wide range of digital marketing topics.

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3. Jeff Jarvis

Jeff Jarvis[highlight]City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism[/highlight]

Jeff is a blogger and writer. He runs an influential blog at He is currently a professor of Entrepreneurial Journalism and was the president of

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2. Jay Rosen

Jay Rosen[highlight]New York University[/highlight]

Jay is a member of the Wikipedia Advisory Board, and is a professor at New York University. He is a blogger at the Huffington Post and is the author of Press Think.

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1. Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky[highlight]New York University[/highlight]

Clay is a professor at New York University. He has written extensively about the Internet since 1996. His columns and writings have appeared in Business 2.0, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review and Wired, and is the author of two books on social media, Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age and Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. Clay was named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in 2010.

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If you’re looking for ways to better communicate online, then pay attention to what these experts are doing on Twitter. We’ve made a twitter list in order to make it easier for you to follow these experts online.

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