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Advocacy is a term that defies a short, simple definition because advocates work in many types of capacities and fields. Some include self-advocates, peer advocates, citizen advocates, legal advocates and professional advocates. There are also human rights advocates, public relations advocates and patient advocates. In short, the career possibilities are virtually endless for people interested in becoming professional advocates. If you decide this is the right career objective for you, you can get started by enrolling in a communications degree program from Grand Canyon University.

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By Amanda Ronan
Contributor

Technical writers create communication and documentation for an organization or business. There are many things that go into technical writing and each position looks different depending on the writer’s skills and the company itself. A few things that are typical for technical writers to create are paper and digital operating instructions, how-to manuals, assembly instructions and “Frequently Asked Question” pages for end consumers.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Have you ever felt misunderstood? Sometimes, communicating is not easy. We’ve all been in a situation where we think we are communicating one thing, but it is perceived as something completely different by someone else.

When this happens, it can change the course of a conversation. What was once a positive interaction can quickly turn into a conflict that spirals out of control. So, how do we avoid this? Perception checking is a very valuable skill in communication. It brings clarity and understanding to relationships.

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By Jessi Farmer, MA
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“New media” has become the all-encompassing term to describe the Internet and the interplay between technology, images and sound.

New media, like Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest and apps, provide interactive participation between media and its users anytime, anywhere on electronic devices. The influence of new media is well documented and currently unparalleled.

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By Jessalyn Johnson
English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

We communicate with others on a daily basis, but do we actually understand what we are doing? Communication is much more than having a conversation with someone. It is how we go about it that matters.

As human beings, we do not always recognize the inconsistencies in our methods of communication. By taking the time to understand it, even just a small amount more, we can improve the effectiveness and appropriateness of how we communicate. Keep reading to learn more about the power of communication:

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By Jessi Farmer, MA
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Where were you a year ago?

Take a minute and think about what you were doing. Who were you with? Perhaps you were on vacation or you were preparing for the upcoming school year.

One year ago today, I was recovering from a traumatic accident. I am only alive today because of my family’s fast action and the grace of God.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Coming into college, I did not know what to expect. I had an idea of what I wanted to study, but was still unsure about my future as a college student. However, that all changed when I stepped into my first communications course at GCU.

As I approach my last semester, I would like to reflect on some of my experiences at GCU, specifically as a communications major.

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