Amazon Removes Gendered Toy Categories… Somewhat

What would happen if companies stopped marketing toys specifically to girls or boys? What if all the pink packaging around Barbie Dolls suddenly disappeared? Would the world descend into chaos? Toy companies have been employing gender-based toy marketing for decades, but it’s intensified in the past two decades, and now some parents and advocacy groups […] Read more »

Julian Treasure

Improving Your Vocal Toolbox – Tips from Julian Treasure

When you speak, do people listen? If you answered no or sometimes, Julian Treasure, sound consultant, says in this Ted Talk video that may be because of some bad habits. He believes many stop listening because of habits like gossip, judging, negativity, excuses, lying, and dogmatism; and in order to command attention, one must use […] Read more »


Yes, Twitter Is for Fiction Too

This talk — titled “Adventures in Twitter Fiction” — is presented by writer and editor Andrew Fitzgerald, who is also a member of the News and Journalism Partnerships team at Twitter, and helped to orchestrate the first Twitter Fiction Festival in 2012. In it, Fitzgerald discusses the development of storytelling and the impact that new […] Read more »

Communication Degree Online

Five of the Best Online Colleges for a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication

The success of businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations are dependent on those who are skilled in oral and written communication. There is a wide range of career options available for communication graduates and with the uprising of social networks, web sites and mobile applications the demand for communication specialists is growing. An increase in […] Read more »

using linguistics to build trust

3 Linguistic Tricks That Build Trust

If I asked you to tell me three immediate ways in which you could improve your trustworthiness — and these couldn’t be things that take a period of time like following through on what you say — you would probably list nonverbal concepts like speaking confidently and mirroring body language to develop rapport. And you […] Read more »


5 Minors That Compliment a Communication Major

With a communication degree from an accredited, respected university, you’ll have access to a tremendous number of job opportunities and internships. However, minors can also play a significant role in your career options (or lack thereof). While minors are optional, they’re well worth your consideration. Here are five minors that work well with a communication […] Read more »

Student Debt

Get $20,000 for Student Debt by Writing a Creative Tweet. Seriously, We’re Not Kidding.

Hey Communication Majors, it’s time to put all those communication skills you’ve learned to work. In an effort to help students pay off their average $26,000 debt, MassMutual is awarding $20,000 to the person who writes the most creative tweet about how they plan to reduce their debt. The contest is simple. You’ll just need […] Read more »


Has Advertising Lost Its Credibility? [Infographic]

If you believe every claim on every advertisement that you see, you’re in the minority. A new survey shows that consumers distrust advertisements, with only 3 percent describing ad claims as “very accurate.” 57 percent of respondents said that ads are somewhat exaggerated and 19 percent described advertising claims as very exaggerated. The survey also […] Read more »


The First Gender-Neutral Toy Catalog?

The role of gender in childhood development has been a widely debated topic for decades. Many argue that from the moment children are born we shower them in stereotypes. Blue blankets for boys, pink for girls. Nerf guns for boys, dollhouses for girls. Proponents against these stereotypes say the choices we make in which toys […] Read more »


People Won’t Pay For Content, Unless You Make Them Feel Bad [Study]

If efforts to save their dwindling companies in the declining industry of journalism, many newspapers that have moved their product online are also looking to charge subscriptions for content (a method called a “paywall”). In fact, 300 online newspapers in the U.S. have already put these paywalls in place. But the effectiveness of this method […] Read more »