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Attention Attendees, Panelists and Paper Presenters:

The on-site conference takes place at the Westgate Casino & Resort in Las Vegas.

On-Site RegistrationAll On-Site attendees will have access to all on-site sessions and events and virtual sessions and events (virtual sessions and events take place October 7 & 8).

Virtual Registration: If you plan to participate ONLY in the virtual conference please register for “Virtual Only.”  Note that the virtual only attendees will also have access to all our pre-recorded paper sessions, uploaded presentations from on-site presentations, and information from exhibitors and sponsors. We will not be streaming or recording on-site sessions for virtual attendees.

Conference Program: The program will be released the first week of August.  We plan to have our virtual and on-site program in one shared on-line platform, so virtual attendees will have access to any presentation material (e.g. PPTs, posters, abstracts, full papers) shared by speakers.

Virtual vs. On-site: If you are a presenter and your plans have changed and you would like to present your panel during the virtual conference, please email help@BEAweb.org. 

Dates & Timing: 
Virtual Conference October 7 & 8: 
11:00 am – 5:00 pm ET each day
On-Site Conference October 10-12: October 10 & 11 – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm PT and October 12 – 9:00 am – 12:30 pm PT

BEA On-Location
As the premier international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals, we are proud to offer 2021 BEA On-Location, a “Super-Regional” conference held as a hybrid event with a virtual component on October 7 & 8, and in conjunction with the 2021 NAB Show on October 10-12.  Take note that due to COVID-19, NAB Show will be held in October for 2021 only, and will resume to the April schedule in 2022.

On-Location provides professional development with a series of hands-on training sessions, and an opportunity to promote academic scholarship through research and creative sessions and competitions.  For the 2021 hybrid conference we will offer both virtual and physical presentation options for attendees.  Due to the mixed conference model and need for planning time, we will NOT be extending deadlines this year.  On the submission form you can specify your presentation preference – either virtually or physically.


Submissions may be made in five categories:

Panel Proposals related to any area of media or media education.  Deadline: June 15

Paper Submissions (completed papers): Deadline: June 15 

Research-in-Progress (abstracts and partial papers): Deadline: June 15 

Special Call for Papers for Mini-Research Symposium: Triaging the Streaming Wars Deadline: June 15

Faculty and Student Creative Works: Deadline: July 15 
The On-Location Creative Works Competition provides an opportunity for full-time faculty and students at colleges and universities to showcase their creative scholarship.  Faculty work must have been completed in the past two years, and student work completed during the past year.  Faculty submissions are peer reviewed and student submissions are reviewed by a mix of industry professionals and faculty.
Audio | Documentary | Film & Video | Interactive Multimedia | Mobile Video | News | Photojournalism | Sports | Open*

In addition to research and production competitions, this conference will include a series of hands-on training sessions on research techniques and the latest software.


In Partnership with

It’s All Coming Together.

With AES Show, Radio Show, NAB SMTE and other co-located events yet to be announced, October’s NAB Show® will be the most significant, in-person media and entertainment event of 2021. The industry will realize unparalleled access to critical information, inspiration and solutions for those seeking to create superior audio and visual experiences that attract listeners and viewers in large numbers for greater reach.