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69th Annual Convention


  • Panel/Program Submissions deadline: September 15th
  • Paper Submission deadline: December 1st
  • Research Symposium ends: December 18th
  • Faculty Research-in-Progress: December 18th
  • Student Research-in-Progress: December 18th

BEA2024, co-located with NAB Show, is a hybrid academic media convention with over 250 virtual and on-site sessions on media pedagogy, collaborative networking events, hands-on technology workshops, research and creative scholarship and the Festival of Media Arts.  BEA2024 will be an in-person convention with limited virtual participation opportunities for presenters and attendees. 

The BEA2024 Convention Spotlight is….. Intentional Futures
This spotlight continues our explorations and considerations of the roles each of us play in creating our futures, as individuals, media creators, teachers, scholars, citizens, and more.  It encourages to reflect and to act with intentionality when we approach and respond to the situations we encounter. Intentionality is valuable in all we do, whether crafting our syllabi, engaging with interviewees on a documentary or as research subjects, or determining how we’ll incorporate various technologies into our professional and personal lives. Especially now, with the mediated world continuing its radical trajectory of change, we need intentionality. How will we think about, enter into, and work within the metaverse?  How will we -- as educators, researchers, content producers, consumers -- engage with and study AI in all its rapidly evolving forms? How will we approach our work in/with media and various communication technologies to create a more just world, a world in which we fully embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion, and intentionally act to alleviate systemic injustices and disadvantages? These and other questions are of vital importance. Let’s consider them carefully, act with intentionality, and build the framework for a future we would want to pass on to future generations.

Intentional Futures serves as a spotlight for the convention, 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 BEA2024 presentation and additional papers may be selected for the Scholar-to-Scholar digital research (poster) session.


Paper Submission Process -- Once you login with your BEA login and password, follow the steps below:

  1. Submit a paper… Click on the link for “Submit or Edit a Paper or Program Proposal.”
  2. Select an Interest Division… Read the division descriptions and select the division to which you will submit your research. Papers may NOT be submitted to more than one division in the same year.

  3. Submit the title & abstract… Follow the guidelines to add a title and abstract

  4. Adding co-authors… At the prompt, add any co-authors to the paper.  Note: If your co-author(s) aren’t BEA members, have them create All Academic accounts first so you can easily search and link them to the paper.
  5. Review & Upload… Review your information and upload your paper.

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.




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