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Communication & Media Studies: Getting Started

The field of communication is defined as the theories and techniques used to convey meaning to others. It includes film, television, radio, journalism, advertising, public relations, digital design, semiotics, linguistics, and social media.



The field of Communication focuses on the theories and techniques used by individuals to convey meaning to others.  Research sources often focus on a more narrow subset of the field such as:

  • film, television, radio
  • journalism, news, mass media
  • legal, ethical, and political aspects
  • advertising & marketing
  • public relations, public opinion, propaganda
  • communications technology and digital design
  • semiotics & graphic design
  • linguistics, language
  • communication and society
  • communication and psychology
  • communication and education

Communication & Media Research Questions:

  • What medium/mode of communication will you research? (e.g. film, journalism, blogs, television, radio, advertising, etc.)
  • Is the focus of your research historical or modern?
  • What theories and/or philosophies pertain to your research?
  • Should you consider nationality, ethnicity, race, gender, religion, or affiliation?
  • Are there legal, political, or ethical considerations?
  • Are there technical, economic, or industry related considerations?
  • How much information do you want?
  • What type of information are you looking for? (e.g. articles, books, images, chronologies, sound recordings, etc.)

Communication Studies, as presented by Abbott & Costello

The Study of Communications at Fordham


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