The 40 Best Blogs for Journalism Students

Because journalism as a whole constantly ebbs and flows along with the currents of new technologies, students hoping to graduate and enter into the industry need to understand how its myriad facets change over time. Seeing as how blogs — one of the cornerstones of digital media and citizen reporting — inherently boast a current, updated structure, they provide an ideal conduit through which to trace all the most timely trends, concerns, and opinions. No matter their specialty or area of interest, at least one of the following will provide some nourishing food for thought and effective supplements to classroom lesson.

  1. Online Journalism Blog:

    Read all the latest stories and opinions regarding journalism 2.0 — largely covering the diverse digital approaches and citizen coverage — at this essential resource for up-and-comers.

  2. MediaWire:

    Poynter’s MediaWire blog covers news regarding the whole of the journalism industry, covering all media and offering plenty of juicy commentary.

  3. CNN iReport:

    One of the most prominent citizen journalism conduits around keeps its own frequently updated blog with information, opinions, and stories from around the globe.

  4. The University of Vermont Journalism Blog:

    For insight into what other journalism students are studying, learning, and doing, head over to this excellent read from a school that surprisingly doesn’t even host such a major!

  5. Jim Romanesko.com:

    Follow Illinois-based journalist Jim Romanesko for some pretty in-depth discussions about the goings-on of today’s frequently controversial media climate as well as news stories.

  6. Lens:

    The New York Times piques the interest of photojournalism enthusiasts by posting pictures and writings pertaining to relaying stories through the most vivid images.

  7. Journalistics:

    It may not update as often as some of the other blogs listed here, but Journalistics still proves worth reading, especially when it comes to social media tips and tricks.

  8. Backpack Journalism Blog:

    Self-proclaimed “pioneer” of backpack journalism Bill Gentile shares both his own personal findings as well as information about this interesting form of citizen reporting, for which he often hosts workshops.

  9. Editors Weblog:

    The names and faces behind the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers’ World Editors Forum gather together to discuss the latest perspectives regarding journalistic reporting.

  10. Newspaper Death Watch:

    It’s admittedly pretty morbid, but journalism students should probably understand what the transition to new media means for the old guard.

  11. Media Law Prof Blog:

    Christine A. Corcos of Louisiana State University delves into the details regarding freedom of speech and other major issues pertaining to the journalism industry.

  12. Nieman Journalism Lab:

    Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism has supported journalism and journalists for well over 60 years by now, making its online presence an absolutely fascinating, not to mention necessary, link.

  13. Zoriah Photojournalist:

    Zoriah Miller works as an independent photojournalist whose portfolio largely invites viewers to ponder issues regarding war, poverty, and other major sociopolitical issues impacting millions worldwide.

  14. Wannabe Hacks:

    New and aspirant journalists cut their teeth here, showcasing the various approaches and mediums students will likely encounter both in and out of school.

  15. American Journalism Review:

    Presented by the University of Maryland Foundation, the American Journalism Review is a magazine emphasizing all corners of the mass media well worth consulting.

  16. Media Decoder Blog:

    Media insiders contribute to this New York Times blog about the tips and tricks journalists and PR folks use to manipulate information and perceptions.

  17. CyberJournalist.net:

    Journalism students these days need to know how to navigate digital terrain, and this blog teaches them some of the best strategies around; in addition to relevant news stories, of course.

  18. Buzzmachine:

    At the intersection of media, journalism, and news sits Jeff Jarvis’ Buzzmachine, which explores the subjects through a more business-like lens.

  19. About.com: Journalism:

    About.com hosts a site for nearly every subject imaginable — common and esoteric alike — and journalism is certainly no exception; be sure to click around the site and read up on more than what Tony Rogers posts to the blog for a more well-rounded experience.

  20. Health Journalism:

    Run by the Association of Health Care Journalists, this resource serves as a one-stop shop for everything they need to know about the ongoing debates regarding medicine and medical coverage.

  21. Reflections of a Newsasaur:

    Hear what a grizzled old CEO, editor, and writer has to say about the state of the media today — most of it, of course, is kind of on the glum side.

  22. The NewsMeBack Blog:

    Here’s another read focusing on all the ins and outs of the citizen journalism movement, which students will undoubtedly encounter in their careers as digital media grows in accessibility.

  23. PhotoBlog:

    Explore photojournalism through MSNBC, which posts some of its best images and hopes visitors will start discussing and debating what they have to say.

  24. Society of Professional Journalists Blogs:

    All the blogs featured at SPJ’s official site cover an impressive array of perspectives from across the different media falling beneath the journalism umbrella.

  25. Datablog:

    The Guardian covers most of data journalism and data visualization’s facets — handy for students especially, as they need to know about how to properly draw up numbers and present them coherently.

  26. 10,000 Words:

    This Mediabistro resource is a journalism major’s BFF, because it focuses on technology’s integral role in promoting information these days.

  27. The Rural Blog:

    The Rural Blog comes courtesy of University of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, which turns a keen eye toward the news and views impacting such towns and villages.

  28. VideoJournalism:

    Like the name states, this extremely useful read covers journalism as it relates to shooting film, covering both the technological and theoretical elements.

  29. Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas:

    Journalism and journalism issues in both North and South America are the name of the game at one of the official University of Texas blogs.

  30. Committee to Protect Journalists:

    Some journalists, particularly those in politically volatile regions or erratic climates, deserve to be kept as safe from harm as possible both on and off their assignments; professionals and students need to know what precautions their employers must take to ensure they get the scoop without facing injury or death.

  31. Verve Photo:

    The works of today’s best photojournalists and documentarians receive full focus here, making it a perfect read for anyone desiring to learn more about how to best tell stories through vivid imagery.

  32. The Anti-Social Media:

    Although not explicitly about journalism, students near-fluent in digital media will certainly want to know what NOT to do when utilizing Twitter, Facebook, and the like for promotional purposes.

  33. newsguild.org:

    Originally a union for workers in the eponymous industry, The Newspaper Guild now covers employees working within a wide array of media — including journalists, of course, but extending well beyond that position.

  34. Discussion on CoJo:

    Seeing as how Discussion on CoJo comes straight from the BBC’s own College of Journalism, it’s probably safe to assume you majors and minors out there will certainly learn a few things here.

  35. Meeja Law:

    Judith Townend and her contributors dissect the ethical and legal issues behind journalism, though most of the latter focuses on English affairs.

  36. Common Sense Journalism:

    University of South Carolina’s Doug Fisher hopes to distill the entire craft of journalism down to its basic, universal components that sometimes get lost when one grows too distracted with exciting new mediums.

  37. NPAA Blogs:

    Members of the National Press Photography Association weigh in on both their latest stories as well as news and views from across the industry.

  38. College Media Matters:

    Journalism majors and minors — or even just their interested peers — active in their respective schools’ newspaper, magazine, radio, television, and new media programs head here for advice and frank talks about the issues (pun totally intended).

  39. Reportr.net:

    Peer into media concerns as they relate to technology and society as a whole, courtesy of lauded expert Alfred Hermida.

  40. Tabloid Watch:

    Tabloid Watch’s constant update schedule (purposefully) highlights everything journalists should absolutely not do.