In many of my classes, I require my students to use Twitter. While I hope each of them will come up with their own list of people to follow, here are a few that make up a good starting point:
- @NiemanLab – The Nieman Lab
A great journalism resource from the Nieman Lab at Harvard University
- @mediaite – Mediaite
Lots of media news and commentary
- @JeremyHL – Dr. Jeremy Lipschultz
Director of the School of Communication at University of Nebraska at Omaha. Lots of interesting links to political, media, and Nebraska news
- @jayrosen_nyu – Dr. Jay Rosen
Dr. Rosen will challenge your conventional thinking on journalistic practice and objectivity.
- @brianstelter – Brian Stelter
TV and digital media reporter for NYT
- @dcagle – Daryl Cagle
Political cartoonist and curator of Cagle’s Political Cartoonists Index. Be prepared to have your mind expanded on political commentary
- @fivethirtyeight – Nate Silver
Nate Silver writes the 538 blog on political polling and election news. Really sharp, interesting guy. Well-respected across political boundaries.
- @ezraklein – Ezra Klein
Blogs on politics, policy and business for the Washington Post. One of rising stars of commentary based reporting. His daily Wonkbook news roundup is essential reading.
- @JonathanTurley – Jonathan Turley
One of the top progressive legal bloggers and commentators.
- @VolokhC – Eugene Volokh
One of the authors of the Volokh Conspiracy, one of the top conservative legal blogs.
- @davidfrum – David Frum
Writes at and runs the conservative-leaning Frum Forum. Frum was a speechwriter for Bush 43 and takes a sometimes controversial approach to conservatism.