New for 2020
Kick-off Cocktails Friday Night, Sessions Start Saturday, April 18 at 9:00am


The Broadcast Education Association (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 media pedagogy, collaborative networking events, hands-on technology workshops, research and creative scholarship and the Festival of Media Arts.  It is co-located with NAB Show each April in Las Vegas.


BEA’s panels echo the missions of our 19 interest divisions. Participating as a moderator, speaker or panelist provides great experience and adds to your professional skills as a scholar, industry insider, leader and expert. Sharing knowledge and insight makes BEA a valuable learning destination. People looking to join a panel may use BEA’s Panelist Seeking Panels FB Group for assistance.

Call for Panels:
Extended to September 16



Present your research (completed or in progress) to fellow scholars attending BEA2020 and industry professionals attending the NAB Show. Research is presented during paper competitions, graduate student showcases, convention sessions and as part of our Digital Research Presentations – BEA’s state of the art answer to the traditional poster session centrally located in the BEA2020 exhibit hall.

Paper Submission: Extended to December 3 

Research Symposium: Extended to December 3

Research-in-Progress: December 15


BEA affirms that creative work that meets established criteria and is reviewed by recognized peers, is important to the development of the field of electronic media and should be recognized as equal to scholarly publication in promotion and tenure review for faculty in the creative areas of the discipline.  #BEAvegas, screens selected works from the Festival, to showcase the quality of projects being done with in academia. #BEAvegas highlights the best of the best Monday night at our annual “Best of Festival of Media Arts”, where the top works are showcased in a formal event.

Classes & Workshops

#BEAvegas hosts a series of hands on workshops and classes. Previous sessions included Mobile Journalism on IOS, Blackmagic Design, Adobe, Photography, VR & More…

Political Communication, Culture and Society

This year’s research symposium, which focuses on the very expansive concept of political communication, is designed to shed light on the processes, contents, and effects related to myriad forms and vehicles of political communication. Whether involving legacy media, print or broadcast media, new and social media platforms, or face-to-face discussions, political communication today has shaped how we understand the world around us, our place in it, and ultimately, how we engage with it politically and socioculturally. In other words, political communication implicates not only “politics” with a capital P, but also “politics” with a lower-case p.

BEA Festival of Media Arts

BEA’s Festival of Media Arts is an international juried digital media and broadcast competition for faculty and students.  Each year we receive over 1,500 submissions from more than 300 participating schools around the world.  In April 2019 295 entries were recognized at BEA’s annual convention in: Audio, Documentary, Film & Video, Interactive Multimedia & Emerging Technologies, News Scriptwriting, Sports and Two-Year/Small Colleges.

Career Fair & Graduate School Showcase

The event will match high-quality candidates of all job levels to potential employers and graduate schools for those looking to advance their career/education. Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with major industry recruiters including NBC Universal, Hearst Television and iHeart Media.

Networking & Social Events

Starting on Friday before the convention kicks off and going all the way through Tuesday, #BEAvegas hosts a series of social and networking events. Whether you are looking to make new friends or catch up with old colleagues, There is always a chance at #BEAvegas.

Pricing &  Registration

#BEAvegas registration includes access to the NAB Show Conference Program (Formerly “Conference Flex Pass”) & NAB Show Exhibit Halls will open Sunday, April 19, 2020.

All rates below are early-bird pricing which expires on March 9, 2020.