BEA2022 invites media-related research papers from academics, students and professionals for presentation



BEA2022, 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.  As a hybrid event, BEA2022 will offer both virtual and in-person participation opportunities for presenters and attendees.  When you submit your research, please let us know how you plan to attend.

If you would like to have your paper considered for the Diversity and Inclusion Research Award please remember to check the box where prompted.  The BEA Diversity and Inclusion Research Award recognizes a research paper that contributes to the academic knowledge in the field of diversity in media content, the media professions, or the teaching of diversity topics or to diverse populations.  You will be prompted to describe why your work should be considered for the award.


 The BEA2022 Convention Spotlight is….. Embracing the Future

This year’s convention spotlight continues the three-year exploration of a theme we began in 2021: Facing the Future (2021), Embracing the Future (2022), and Retracing the Future (2023). These spotlight topics can engage recursively with each other, invoking the past, present, and future. Embracing the Future in BEA2022 encourages us to look forward with purpose, intentionality, and optimism. How have the twin pandemics of Coronavirus and social injustice sparked creative solutions and opportunities? How have our instructional models and practices — as well as media industry models and practices — changed in ways we never anticipated? What do we want to preserve from both our traditional and our evolving practices, and what should be set aside? Importantly, what do we want to do/create/teach next? BEA2022 invites us to move forward by Embracing the Future. The future, after all, is ours to make. Educators and media professionals alike can work toward building a future that is exciting, healthy, just, and fulfilling for all. 

 Embracing the Future 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 BEA2022 presentation and additional papers may be selected for the Scholar-to-Scholar digital research (poster) session and the faculty and student Research-in-Progress competitions.

 Membership & Convention Attendance — To enter a paper competition, you do NOT need to be a current member, but at least one (1) author of an accepted competitive paper MUST attend the BEA2022 convention to present.  Winners will be notified by late January 2022. If you have questions regarding the submission process, please email the appropriate Interest Division paper chair.

 BEA Members can submit papers to BEA’s BEA2022 All Academic site with their BEA membership login and password.   If you know your BEA login information login to your All Academic account.  If you forgot your BEA membership password, click here to reset.

If you ARE NOT a BEA member, create an account in BEA’s database BEFORE you visit All Academic by clicking here. After you create an account, login to All Academic and follow the directions below.  If you have trouble, please email


A few things to note when submitting FULL PAPERS:
– Blind Review… Do NOT include a cover page with author and contact information and remove ALL author information from internal pages. Judges need to blindly review your papers. Papers are linked to your profile on the backend.
– Editing Abilities… You can edit and/or re-submit papers up until the deadline.
– Length & Style… The FULL paper is not to exceed 30 double-spaced pages, including references & tables, and use of APA style or a style suited to the discipline is expected.
Rules… Papers are accepted for peer review on the understanding that they are not already under review for other conferences and that they have been submitted to only ONE BEA interest division for evaluation. Papers accepted should not have been presented to other conferences or published in scholarly or trade journals prior to presentation at the conference.

 A few things to note when submitting RESEARCH-IN-PROGRESS:
Research projects may focus on a wide range of topics as generally represented within BEA, but should be at a stage in which feedback and suggestions are appropriate. A variety of perspectives as well as methodological approaches are welcome.  
– For STUDENT Submissions: Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit research.  Projects with faculty co-author(s) are eligible, but the first author must be a student.  
– Extended Abstract.. Upload an extended abstract of no more than 3,000 words. Abstracts should include an introduction, review of literature, research questions and/or hypotheses, proposed method, brief summary of expected results, and references. 
– Blind Review… Do NOT include a cover page with author and contact information and remove ALL author information from internal pages. Judges need to blindly review your papers. Papers are linked to your profile on the backend.

Categories & Competitions – Submit your full research to the relevant BEA interest division as a “Debut” or an “Open” paper. “Debut” is open only to those who have never presented a paper at a BEA convention, and “Open” if you have previously presented a paper at BEA.  To help defray costs, 1st and 2nd place “Debut” winners receive $200 and $100 respectively.  Regardless of the number of authors, BEA will award one check to the individual who submitted the paper.

 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. Select the type of paper you are submitting: Click on Debut, Open or Research-in-Progress (faculty or student).
    4. VIRTUAL vs. ON-SITE: If your paper is accepted, let us know if you prefer to present VIRTUALLY or ON-SITE. If you are unsure at this time, you can specify that on the form.
    5. Submit the title & abstract…
    Follow the guidelines to add a title and abstract
    6. 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.
    7. Review & Upload… Review your information and upload your paper or extended abstract.

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