About Us



    BEA Mission Statement
    The Association is an international academic organization that focuses on the electronic media, providing a forum for issues and topics of mutual concern to educators and practitioners, thus to facilitate interaction between academicians and leaders in the industry.

    The Association provides a forum for current scholarly research and analysis in all aspects of the electronic media. These areas include regulation, economics, policy, management, news, aesthetics, social effects, production and criticism, among possible others.

    The Association focuses on the most current thinking and developments in the electronic media curriculum with emphasis on interaction between the purposes, developments, and practices of the industry and imparting this information to future professionals.  The Association serves as a forum for exposition, analysis and debate of issues of social importance, thus to develop members' awareness and sensitivity to their ramifications, which will ultimately be reflected in ways to help their students to develop as more thoughtful practitioners.

    The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is the professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students who are interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises.

    BEA was established in 1955, initially as the Association for Professional Broadcast Education, but the current name was adopted in 1973. While the BEA organizational name reflects our historic roots in preparing college students to enter the radio & TV business, the members share a diversity of interests involving all aspects of telecommunications and electronic media. Over 2,600 professors, students and media professionals are currently individual members and approximately 275 college and university departments and schools are institutional members. Associate memberships are available for stations, cable systems, advertising agencies, law firms and individual professionals who share BEA's interests and support its goals. Members receive a discounted rate to our annual convention (that includes registration to the NAB Show), access to's Social Networking Component, BEAconnect, and other members only sections of our website, membership to four BEA Interest Divisions, access to BEA's two scholarly publications, the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media (published quarterly in hard copy) and the Journal of Radio & Audio Media (formerly Journal of Radio Studies, published semi-annually, available to members online). Members also receive bimonthly newsletters that include timely information on BEA's paper competitions, the Festival of Media Arts, and discounts to products and services from BEA partners.

    All memberships are on a calendar year basis, beginning January 1st. All members who join late in the year will receive back issues of all publications.