BEA2024 Call for Papers

BEA2024 invites media related research papers from academics, students and professionals for presentation 

DEADLINE: December 4, 2023 

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.   

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 BEA2024 convention to present.  Winners will be notified by late January 2024. If you have questions regarding the submission process, please email the appropriate Interest Division paper chair. 

BEA Members can submit papers to BEA’s convention site through All Academic 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  



-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 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. 

Submissions are accepted for peer review on the understanding of the following conditions:
-The research can only be submitted to ONE BEA interest division.
-It must not be currently under review for other conventions and conferences.|
-It should not have been presented at other conventions and conferences.
-It should not have been published in print or online prior to BEA’s convention.

Categories & Competitions – Submit your 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.  

Co-Sponsored Papers are encouraged. No more than two (2) Interest Divisions will be listed for co-sponsorship on a particular paper.  Authors must indicate the division being proposed as a co-sponsor.  Go to the bottom of the page and click on the green link that says “Add a co-Sponsor.”   

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. NOTE: A paper may NOT be submitted to more than one division in the same year.  Authors can submit one paper per division – but not multiple papers to the same division.
    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. 
  2. Review & Upload… Review your information and upload your paper.

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. 

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