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65th Annual Convention

The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) invites scholarly media related research from academics, students and professionals for presentation at BEA2020 in Las Vegas. BEA is the premiere international academic media organization driving insights, excellence in media production and career advancement for educators, students and professionals.  BEA’s annual convention produces over 250 sessions on practice, theory and research, collaborative networking events and hands-on training workshops.  It is co-located with NAB Show each April in Las Vegas.

The BEA2020 Convention Spotlight is….. Foresight is 20/20: Reimagining Media -- The media landscape has been in flux for some time and for many practitioners and academics this flux has initiated curricular adjustments and industry changes. This year's spotlight is intended to consider the ways educators and industry professionals navigate the contemporary media delivery ecosystem while anticipating trends, technology and changing business models.

Reimagining Media serves as the BEA2020 spotlight, but papers are not limited to this area of research.  Papers should be submitted to the division that best fits that division’s goals and objectives.  Each division selects up to four papers for BEA2020 presentation and additional papers may be selected for the Scholar-to-Scholar digital research (poster) session.

Programming Opportunities (All sessions are one-hour in length)

  • Panel/Research Presentation Sessions: These are the standard interest division sponsored convention format sessions with a moderator, 3-4 presenters and, if desired, a respondent.

  • Workshops: Workshops should involve specialized training and professional development.

  • Technical Demonstrations: Equipment or software manufacturer/vendors are invited to bring in the latest communication technology to demonstrate. Faculty who have worked with the technology are encouraged to talk about their experiences with the equipment/software in the classroom or lab.

  • Showcases: These sessions highlight student work in which faculty have been involved. Showcases are to be more "show" than "tell."

  • Other ideas? Contact us if you have other alternative innovative ideas for program sessions, such as off-site tours or technical training at and we would be happy to talk about them.

Please visit for information on submitting panels and papers.

Program/Panel proposals must be received by 3:00 a.m. ET on September 15, 2019 and papers (including the research symposium) must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 1, 2019.

Research-in-Progress submissions are due December 15, 2019.



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